Don’t blame it on the Moonlight Band

KC and the Moonlight Band: Casey Clemments, Ben Thomas and Rob Howe. IMAGE: Slippery Dippery Photography (Sam Wright)

Townsville is overflowing with incredible new music this year, and the latest local EP to launch is no exception.

KC and the Moonlight Band are set to celebrate the release of their debut EP at the Loona Lounge this June, a year after the band formed at the same venue.

Lead singer, Casey ‘KC’ Clemments, said the Loona Lounge was a fitting place to launch the EP.

“The Loona Lounge has helped me and my music mature; they provided the opportunity to get the band together in the first place. Everything from their songwriting challenges to just being a place to play live, it’s such a great place and supports so many locals,” said Casey.

“The Townsville Music and Performing Arts Space (TMPAS) Open Mic Nights were where I started playing my original music live five years ago, and in my eyes was the foundation of the incredible venues and live music events we have now like the Loona Lounge.

“About 12 months ago, Lu and Christo asked me to feature as a solo act, but I wanted to do something a little bit different so got together with Ben Thomas and Rob ‘Biggie Nixz’ Nixon and that was our very first performance as a band: at Loona Lounge.

“Biggie moved to Brisbane at the end of last year and it can be pretty hard to find a drummer, but managed to find Rob Howe. Every drummer has their own style, but we sound just as fun and awesome.”

This fun vibe is something Casey believes translates through the soon-to-be-released EP, Shannon.

“With the EP, I think people should expect music that is always entertaining, soul-soothing, and hopefully makes you feel as happy as it makes me when we perform it.

“My fiancée Shannon is the inspiration behind the entire EP – it’s dedicated to him. Without him, I wouldn’t have the support or courage to pursue my music. I used to be working full-time and never find the time to perform, but he told me to just go for it and I did. So I’m an on-and-off full-time musician now, I love it.”

Catch KC and the Moonlight Band’s EP launch live and local at the Loona Lounge, Commonwealth Hotel on Friday, 2 June from 7pm, with Lost for Ideas and Late November also set to perform. Loona Lounges are all-ages events, with tickets $10 on the door – kids under 12 free. Click here for more information.

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