“…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.
The original band completed their debut LP Slow Satellite with producer Scott Holmes of Highlands. After recording the album, Starr relaunched the band as Split Moon with a new lineup including Ryan Orvis (Sky Parade) on bass and David Paolucci (The Hot Rails) on lead guitar. They performed at venues throughout L.A. including Part Time Punks (The Echo), Gold Diggers, and Permanent Records Roadhouse prior to the shutdown.
Slow Satellite was released February 28, 2020 on Stow House Records. The limited-edition vinyl was pressed at Gotta Groove Records in Cleveland, Ohio and is available nationally via Cobraside Distribution. The album was mastered by Dave Trumfio (The Mekons, Pulsars) and features artwork from designer Robin Gnista.
“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
“Slow Satellite is heavy on guitars with a million fx pedals but hey, the band can write an honest-to-goodness song. Opening cut (and single) “Shades” shatters like a million billion suns into a beautiful crescendo while on “Feel Free” the band really stomps down on the gas pedal and plows over trees.”
– Tim Hinely, Dagger Zine
“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
Photo: Ryan Orvis