“…a mammoth, loudly crescendoing psychedelic dreampop noise racket par excellence.”

Jack Rabid, Big Takeover Magazine

Split Moon (formerly LEAF) is an L.A.-based band blending heavy melodic hooks in a haze of droning, fuzzed out riffs.

Singer/guitarist Mark Starr paid his dues in the hardcore scene as the frontman for Salt Lake City straight-edge pioneers Insight before doing time with Estrus Records garage punks The Gimmicks.

Starr joined forces with bassist Phil Shelly to form LEAF in 2016. With Andrew King (Crystal Antlers) on guitar and Brandon D. Werts (The Orphans) on drums, the band recorded the Nothing Seems Real EP and developed an intense wall-of-sound live set with a series of performances throughout Southern California and the Bay Area.

The original band completed their debut LP Slow Satellite with producer Scott Holmes of Highlands. After recording the album, Starr assembled a new lineup including Ryan Orvis (Sky Parade) on bass and David Paolucci (The Hot Rails) on lead guitar. Now called Split Moon, the band re-emerged with a handful of shows to promote the “Shades” single.

Slow Satellite will be released by Stow House Records on limited edition vinyl and compact disc on February 28, 2020, and available nationally via Cobraside Distribution. It was pressed on vinyl at Gotta Groove Records in Cleveland, Ohio and features artwork from designer Robin Gnista. The album was mastered by Dave Trumfio (The Mekons, Pulsars).


“Tracks like It’s Alright assure me that this isn’t a run-of-the-mill shoegaze record, tossing a synth line into the melody and veering into Britpop territory.” – David Hampton, Sly Vinyl

“They hoist a howling, sooty-thick, blasting, mesmeric shoegaze with space rock/psych suggestions…” – Jack Rabid, Big Takeover

“If Thee Hypnotics and Swervedriver had a baby it would be SPLIT MOON” – Larry Schemel, Death Valley Girls


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Split Moon photo credits: Cecilia Fonseca
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