A trip to Alaska inspired Moondoggies lead singer Kevin Murphy to pen the tracks on the band's 2010 release, Tidelands.
However, that record offers up none of the harshness of Alaska's crippling winters, favoring sweet ruminations on the mist-cloaked beauty of the remote land. Similarly, the Seattle quintet's moniker denotes none of the music's seriousness, as it comes from a fictional surfer-bum character who loved to catch waves by moonlight.
With Tidelands, as much as the band's 2008 freshman release, Don't be a Stranger, and 2010's You'll Find No Answers Here, the band doesn't chase after the overdone surfer rock genre. Rather, it focuses on an esoteric de-militarization of the line separating Americana and rock 'n' roll, with hints of Bon Iver peppered throughout. Saturday, June 16, The Moondoggies will emerge from the woods with Boise's Grand Falconer to entrance the Neurolux audience.[ Video is no longer available. ]