Formed in San Francisco in 2009 by Wooden Shijps guitarist Ripley Johnson and his partner, Sanae Yamada, Moon Duo’s first two critically acclaimed EPs, Killing Time (2009) and Escape (2010), fused the futuristic pylon hum and transistor reverb of Suicide or Silver Apples with the heat-haze fuzz of American rock ‘n’ roll to create tracks of blistering, 12-cylinder space rock. Now their debut album Mazes, recorded in San Francisco and mixed in Berlin during 2010 as the band prepared to move to the mountains of Colorado, explores a far broader, lighter, sound. They’re heading down under for the first time at the invitation of Newcastle’s Sound Summit and managing to squeeze in a few intimate East Coast shows.

Ripley says that, as a guitarist and songwriter, delineating between Moon Duo and Wooden Shijps “happens naturally. I focus on one project at a time, and the way the two bands operate is very different. And there are certain limitations that Moon Duo is forced to accept, not having a drummer for example, and I really like that. I like the creative challenge of working with limitations. Having done so much home recording cultivates that. Working with one other person is much different from working with four.”

MOON DUO’s Ripley Johnson (Wooden Shjips) and Sanae Yamada make their debut Australian tour upon the release of new album Mazes at the invite of Newcastle’s Sound Summit.

Sound Summit presents

MOON DUO a Mazes tour Australia 2011
plus special guests

WED 28 SEPT – NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, Melbourne
plus special guests
Tickets from www.northcotesocialclub.com, phone 94861677, Corner Box Office 57 Swan Street, Richmond and consume.oztix.com.au

THUR 29 SEPT – OXFORD ARTS FACTORY, Sydney
Plus special guests…
Tickets from www.moshtix.com.au,             1300 GET TIX       (438 849), on your mobile www.moshtix.mobi  moshtix outlets, consume.oztix.com.au and Oztix outlets.

FRI 30 SEPT – SOUND SUMMIT, Newcastle
Plus special guests…
Tickets from usual outlets.

SAT 1 OCT – WOODLAND, Brisbane
Plus special guests…
Tickets from www.OzTix.com.au,             1300 762 545       consume.oztix.com.au and Oztix outlets.