NYC’s Moon Kissed is a not-a-girl band that makes bops that combined intense energy and confident, honest lyrics to establish an environment where it’s okay to be free and weird, but also SAFE. This is paramount for the band, which is more than just a band; with every show they play, they are ushering in a new era of gritty and provocative New York City partying. They create a community where anyone is free to be themselves, gender isn’t real, and the person you’re dancing next to is your best friend but also could be your next makeout partner. With Emily Sgouros on synth, Leah Scarpati on drums, and Khaya Cohen on vocals, Moon Kissed creates energy, an infectious aura, that, if you’re lucky enough to enter it, feels like a secret and an escape, powerful and precious to behold.
The band writes about the complexity of our deepest desires: heartbreak and the way it consumes us, the way we change ourselves to satisfy the ones we crave. Their second self-released album, I’d Like To Tell You Something Important, was released on October 22nd, accompanied by a sold-out album release show in Brooklyn, NY, at Elsewhere Zone One. The album negotiates the earlier referenced themes; the band carefully drowns out the listener in a kaleidoscope of raw feeling before rescuing them with pearls of raw wisdom. The album’s message conveys an exciting brand of authenticity that is difficult to find and impossible to fake.
Releasing their debut album, I Met My Band At A New Years Party, in 2019, Moon Kissed was a young, unknown band playing small gigs in NYC venues, with no team, booking agents, nor PR personnel. In the short two years since Moon Kissed has put together two hours and played over a hundred shows. They’ve produced ten music videos together and fans voted them Deli Mag’s Artists of the Month in 2019 and 2020. They’ve made a name for themselves by building a loyal fan base the old-school way: no gimmicks, no social media gags – growing just because they’re that good.
I’d Like To Tell You Something Important is saturated by the paradox of being just as addicted to the low feelings as the high ones. Moon Kissed’s unique talent lies in their ability to produce music that glitters on the surface, driven by synth lines that sparkle, drum melodies that get your heart racing, and hooks that take your mind hostage all while interrogating the more complicated, painful parts of reality.
Catch the excitement that is Moon Kissed on their remaining tour dates and experience the joy and energy that they bring with them! Listen to their album in the meantime, or if you can’t make it!
- 10/31 – Racoon Motel – Davenport, IA
- 11/02 – 7th St. Entry – Minneapolis, MN
- 11/03 – Sleeping Village – Chicago, IL
- 11/05 – Winchester Music Tavern – Cleveland, OH