Photo via moonhooch.bandcamp.com

Moon Hooch, a three-piece group that makes saxophone party music, is like a heavy-metal band that swapped its guitars for horns. And despite the NYPD banning the ensemble from playing in the Bedford Avenue subway station in Brooklyn, it continues to create carefully conceived chaotic music that shows off what the members learned from music school in New York. The trio — Mike Wilbur (tenor saxophone, vocals), Wenzl McGowen (contrabass clarinet, baritone saxophone) and James Muschler (percussion) — label their sound “cave music”: primitive house music. Often, they build a song into screaming horns that sound like dying geese, only to bring it back to recognizable jazzy dance music. Hear Moon Hooch rock Club Café tonight.

Originally published in Pittsburgh City Paper

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