The Hillbilly Moon Explosion – Introducing the Hillbilly Moon Explosion (2002/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

The Hillbilly Moon Explosion – Introducing the Hillbilly Moon Explosion (2002/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 35:58 minutes | 427 MB | Genre: Rockabilly
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Cleopatra Records

A Swiss rockabilly combo, the Hillbilly Moon Explosion exists in a middle ground between the traditionalism of many rockabilly revival bands and the rougher, spookier sound of psychobilly. Founded by vocalist and rhythm guitarist Emanuela Hutter and bassist and vocalist Oliver Baroni, their music has more than its share of retro twang with Hutter’s polished, enigmatic singing blending with the sometimes raucous, sometimes moody guitar lines, and they add dashes of punk, lounge pop, country, and even ska to season the evocative mix. The band staked out their trademark sound on 2002’s Introducing the Hillbilly Moon Explosion, they fully hit their creative stride on 2011’s Buy Beg or Steal, and they collaborated with psychobilly veteran Mark “Sparky” Phillips for 2019’s The Sparky Sessions. The Hillbilly Moon Explosion was formed in 1998 in Zurich, Switzerland. The group was formed by two musicians in the Zurich rockabilly community; Oliver Baroni had recently left his band the Hillbilly Headhunters, while Emanuela Hutter previously sang with MD Moon. With the addition of Pat Matteo on guitar and Aad Hollander on drums, the first edition of the Hillbilly Moon Explosion was complete. By the time the group cut their debut album, 2002’s Introducing the Hillbilly Moon Explosion, Pat Matteo was out of the group and Patrick Geser had become their guitarist. With 2004’s Bourgeois Baby, Aad Hollander had left the lineup and Luke Weyermann signed on as their drummer. American rockabilly picker Eddie Angel (best known for his work with Los Straitjackets) handled lead guitar chores on 2009’s All Grown Up, but on 2011’s Buy Beg or Steal, the band introduced a long-term guitarist in Duncan James, formerly of the British pop group Blue. One of the tracks on Buy Beg or Steal, “My Love For Evermore,” saw Emanuela Hutter dueting with Mark “Sparky” Phillips, lead singer with British psychobilly mainstays Demented Are Go, and he would go on to collaborate with the group again in the future. Phillips popped up on the song “Northern Crown” on 2013’s Damn Right Honey! (Songs of Love & Loss, Life & Death), and in 2015, they did an album length collaboration with French actress and vocalist Arielle Dombasle titled French Kiss. 2016 saw the release of With Monsters and Gods (featuring another guest spot from Phillips, on a cover of the Johnny Cash/June Carter Cash duet “Jackson”), and by this point, Luke Weyermann was no longer part of the band, and Sylvain Petite was behind the drums. 2019’s The Sparky Sessions paired Mark “Sparky” Phillips with the Hillbilly Moon Explosion for a full album. – Mark Deming

1-1. The Hillbilly Moon Explosion – Chick Habit (02:10)
1-2. The Hillbilly Moon Explosion – Rag Doll Baby (01:39)
1-3. The Hillbilly Moon Explosion – Maniac Lover (03:38)
1-4. The Hillbilly Moon Explosion – Raw Deal (02:16)
1-5. The Hillbilly Moon Explosion – I’m Gonna Dry My Eyes (03:07)
1-6. The Hillbilly Moon Explosion – Johnny Are You Gay? (03:05)
1-7. The Hillbilly Moon Explosion – Jeanie (with the Dark Blue Eyes) (02:32)
1-8. The Hillbilly Moon Explosion – All She Wants (03:11)
1-9. The Hillbilly Moon Explosion – Fish Outa Water (03:03)
1-10. The Hillbilly Moon Explosion – Remember (Walking in the Sand) (03:32)
1-11. The Hillbilly Moon Explosion – All I Can Do is Cry (02:21)
1-12. The Hillbilly Moon Explosion – Clarksdale Boogie (03:00)
1-13. The Hillbilly Moon Explosion – Nothin’ but You (02:19)


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