40 Watt Moon | August In Grace

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August In Grace

by 40 Watt Moon

ambitious, guitar-driven, literate power-pop...
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. August in Grace
5:31 $0.99
2. Don't Ask
3:10 $0.99
3. Crush
1:45 $0.99
4. Straight and True
3:00 $0.99
5. Supernova
2:34 $0.99
6. Ten to One
2:56 $0.99
7. Pinwheel
4:09 $0.99
8. Kisses and Pills
3:35 $0.99
9. Julie Newmar
3:44 $0.99
10. Birthday Song
2:46 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Adding its voice to the local power pop scene (crash into june, David Brookings), 40 Watt Moon takes an edgier approach without sacrificing the sort of melodies that make the mind bask in wistful, three-minute memories (the band thanks Buffalo Tom next to Alex Chilton in the liner notes for a reason). And the chord-crunching ode to Broadway actress/Catwoman icon, "Julie Newmar," is a song as cool as its name suggests (certainly a better blast of pop-punk nostalgia than that annoying Bowling for Soup hit "1985")."

Bill Ellis
Commercial Appeal

"On August in Grace, their self-released debut, 40 Watt Moon combine crisp guitars, soulful vocals, catchy hooks, and sharp, wistful lyrics for a modern-rock sound that is mainstream but never panders and is always smart, a la such current bands as Fountains of Wayne and the Old 97's. (From the title track: "Another wish now/ As the night is falling/ The summer whispers? Can't you hear it calling?/ It's moving so fast/ Will it pass you by?/ In this roman candle sky.")
The sound is consistent but finds enough range to bounce from the Big Star-ish melodiousness of "Kisses and Pills" to the rave up of "Crush". The band's true crush is Batman nemesis "Julie Newmar", a worthy target whose charms they plumb in an album highlight."
grade: B+

Chris Herrington
Memphis Flyer

"Hailing from Memphis, TN - 40 watt moon wears it's Big Star influence on their collective sleeves, although slightly filtered thru more recent power-pop acts such as Teenage Fanclub, The Posies, and Superdrag. Indie-pop with a nod towards the reckless spirit of bands like the Replacements.
August in Grace is the band's first LP, half of which was recorded live at the famed Easley Studio (GBV, Wilco, White Stripes, etc) in Memphis. Lyrically rich, the songs rely on big guitars and even bigger hooks to frame the often bittersweet sentiments contained therein. Or, to quote from the title track, they appear to be "shooting for the moon, but can't quite make it...".
From the pure jangly pop of "Don't Ask", to the driving crunch of "Crush" and "Supernova", to the cartoonish punk-pop of the pop-culture tinged "Julie Newmar", the record never loses it's momentum until the plaintive, acoustic ballad that brings it to a close.
A promising debut, no doubt. Hopefully the band will press forward and actually land that thing on the object of their desire next time."



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sweetly rocking
This one took me a few listens but I am glad I stuck with it. Songs like "Don't Ask" and "Julie Newmar" stick in your head and you'll find yourself humming them all the time.


one great record
I've just finished listening to your record all the way through, and all I can say is WOW!! You guys have created one hell of a record. At the risk of insulting you by comparing your music to that of other bands (but, I mean this in the most complimentary way possible), the record reminds me of two of my favorite bands of all time - Flight of Mavis and the Dancing Hoods (Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse's former band). I can assure you it will permanently reside in my CD changer. I can't wait for the next one!

Margaret Dumont

Stays with you
The tunes on this CD are so catchy! I can't stop playing it! It's pop, but the lyrics, solid playing, and production place it head and shoulders above many of the other guitar pop bands out there.