It’s tough to put Minneapolis quartet Night Moves into a single genre. Traits characteristic of the Alternative, Indie, Pop, Folk, Country, Psychedelic, and Americana genres all poke through the tracks of October’s release “Colored Emotions.”
Frontman John Pelant has some perfect indie vocals, and when combined with Night Moves’ rich sound it’s an intoxicating mix for the ears.
“The Spinners on acid mixed with ‘One of These Nights’ by The Eagles,” Pelant said in an effort to describe the band’s music.
Some of the band’s idols are Neil Young, The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd, which is definitely something that is apparent when listening to their music.
As far as the name “Night Moves” goes, Pelant claims “it has nothing to do with Bob Seger. The name simply fits the sound.”
Pelant met other band members Micky Alfano and Mark Ritsema “smoking weed and skateboarding back in high school.” Little did they know that they would come to describe their new album as “Cream Soaked Balladry” and that one day they would meet Amy from the Ryan Adams song, “Amy.”
“It was a random experience. We had no idea it was her until hours after we had dinner together.”
Their favorite instruments are folk guitars and pianos, and if they could play with any current artist Pelant said it would be Ariel Pink.
The band’s single “Headlights” is one of the best on the album, check out a live performance of the song on KEXP here!
The band has had some embarrassing moments on stage, including “getting too drunk to play adequately. Occasionally this happens, and to compensate some of us take off our pants of play semi-nude, this usually keeps folks in the house a little while longer.”
“Hey Michigan, we like to play semi-nude sometimes.”