When: Fri., June 18, 10 p.m. 2010
I first saw Raleigh quartet Louder Moonlight play the last set of Deep South the Bar's most recent Battle of the Bands. They were one of two finalists, and they lost to SWASO, a Chapel Hill band with high energy and an even higher articulation of somewhat forgettable, funk-laced Southern rock. Of course Louder Moonlight didn't win: The band, a collection of service-industry guys and two truck drivers, sits somewhere between jagged mainstream '90s radio rock and the much more loose indie rock of the same decade. On scorecards, SWASO's professional precision trumped Louder Moonlight's slouchy indulgence.
But on stereos, Louder Moonlight warrants the notice. With two guitars that blur smart lines with fuzz and the drift of light reverb, and a rhythm section that's more concerned with movement than perfection, Louder Moonlight, who've only been playing since January, suggests a sundazed Wowee Zowee. They'll head into the studio for their first proper recordings in July. With Parmalee and Downfall. —Grayson Currin