Today, Virginia psych-roots collective Major And The Monbacks have premiered “Moonlight Anthems,” the title track from their forthcoming Yep Roc Records debut (out June 16th), over at Relix. The band has also announced an extensive summer tour (full dates below), which includes their 2nd Annual Monbacks Block Party in their hometown of Norfolk, Virginia on June 17.
Produced by fellow Virginian Matthew E. White (Natalie Prass, Flo Morrissey) and recorded live in the studio at Montrose Recording in Richmond, ‘Moonlight Anthems’ harnesses the ecstatic energy of the band’s live show while exhibiting a newfound sonic adventurousness that hearkens to The Band’s funky Americana, The Beatles’ playful arrangements, and CSNY’s rich vocal harmonies.
Major And The Monbacks have blossomed from local favorites into one of the most promising young rock bands working today, performing at festivals like SXSW and Firefly while sharing stages with Charles Bradley, Os Mutantes and more. Buoyed by Matthew E. White’s crisp production, ‘Moonlight Anthems’ sees Major And The Monbacks embracing a spirited, genre-agnostic ethos that dips into psychedelic southern rock, British Invasion pop, pastoral roots harmonies, and prog-rock song structures.
Tracklist: 1. There, There 2. Moonlight Anthems 3. We Are Doing Fine 4. Holidays 5. You Should Know 6. Condition 7. The Clap 8. Here Comes The King 9. Over And Over 10. Moonlight (Reprise) 11. You Only See Me (At Night) 12. Happiness
Tour Dates: 5/06 — Crozet, VA @ Starr Hill IPA JamBEERee 5/13 — Nags Head, NC @ 28th Annual Artrageous Art Festival At Dowdy Park 5/28 — Rockville, MD @ City of Rockville Hometown Holidays 6/06 — Richmond, VA @ The Camel 6/07 — Raleigh, NC @ The Pour House Raleigh 6/08 — Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall 6/09 — Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5 6/10 — Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor 6/13 — Charleston, SC @ The Pour House Charleston 6/14 — Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre (Rooftop) 6/15 — Hendersonville, NC @ Rhythm & Brews 6/17 — Norfolk, VA @ Monbacks Block Party 6/20 — Washington DC @ The Hamilton 6/21 — Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl 6/23 — Allston, MA @ Great Scott 6/25 — Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie 6/29 — Roanoke, VA @ Martin’s Downtown 7/04 — Harrisonburg, VA @ Turner Pavilion & Park 7/06 — Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern 7/08 — Milwaukee, WI @ Milwaukee Summerfest 7/12 — Glenwood Springs, CO @ Two Rivers Park 7/14 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Mint Supperclub 7/16 — San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill 7/17 — Redding, CA @ The Dip 7/20 — Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett 7/21 — Bozeman, MT @ The Filling Station 7/22 — Jackson, WY @ Town Square Tavern 7/26 — Mt. Crested Butte, CO @ Live! From Mt. Crested Butte 7/27 — Ridgway, CO @ The Ridgway Concert Series 7/29 — Denver, CO @ Denver Brewfest 7/30 — Cooper Mountain, CO @ Mac & Cheese Festival 8/02 — Boise, ID @ Alive After Five -The Grove Plaza 8/04 — Park City, UT @ OP Rockwell 8/05 — Snowbird, UT @ Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort 8/09 — St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House 8/11 — Chattanooga, TN @ Nightfall Concert Series 8/25 — Greensburg, PA @ Summersounds