Billy Moon – Punk Songs

Billy Moon's Punk Songs is radical, riotous, entirely relatable and a real affirmation for anyone who has ever used music to get themselves through a tough time

Album Review by Amy Kenyon | 13 Sep 2018
  • Billy Moon – Punk Songs
Album title: Punk Songs
Artist: Billy Moon
Label: Old Flame Records
Release date: 14 Sep

Punk Songs is the debut album from Canadian singer-songwriter and small-town misfit, Billy Moon. Here, Moon has released an album that sounds as though performed live from his bedroom and almost as if it's been written and recorded in chronological order. Beginning with the first track Bedroom, we can almost hear the buzzing sound coming from the fretboard and the crackling noise from the lead as he picks up his guitar to play.

Moon takes us on a journey from his bedroom to his living room where he first performed in front of friends at a house show. The musicality of the album improves with each track whilst retaining the lo-fi feel and punk ethos making for an exhilarating listen.

The lyrics are deeply personal, like fragments of memories pieced together from Moon’s notebook filled with songs about growing up but never quite fitting in. Moon unpicks the whole songwriting process and how it's used as a means of escapism. Big Black Hole and Bicycle see Moon use Weezer-inspired vocals and pop-like guitar riffs to create a mood that is angsty and supremely confident, but much like the teenage mindset, this falters at times to reveal an underlying insecurity.

With songs such as Tangerine Dream, Moon takes the listener back to smoking behind the bike sheds at school as he sings about getting high, discovering the opposite sex for the first time and inevitably having your heart broken. Punk Songs is radical, riotous, entirely relatable and a real affirmation for anyone who has ever used music to get themselves through a tough time making Billy Moon the new poster boy for adolescent daydreamers and the perpetually young at heart.

Listen to: Dingus, Esther, White Shoes

https://billymoon.bandcamp.com/