Watch / Share MOON HOOCH "Rough Sex" here

In their earliest days, Moon Hooch were known for epic dance party raves they would spontaneously throw on New York City subway platforms.  So raucous were these events that the group was eventually banned from the Bedford Ave L train stop in Brooklyn by the NYPD.  The band's new video for "Rough Sex" is a visual metaphor depicting how Moon Hooch has risen out the subways to the rooftops above and not even the mighty NYPD can shut them down anymore.

As saxophonist Mike Wilbur explains: "Our performances really take on a life of their own and we feed off of a shared energy with our audience every night.  This video shows that energy and the unstoppable force that it is."

Watch the brand new video for "Rough Sex," directed by Lucas McGowen (cousin of saxophonist Wenzl McGowen) here:

Moon Hooch kick off the second leg of their North American fall tour this week with a two-night stand at The Bowery Ballroom in New York City. They'll then head to Europe for nine shows, return to the U.S. for four shows, head back to Europe to play three dates, including the Trans Musicales Festival in France and finish the year with a five night New Year's Eve run in the Northeast.  

Tour Dates
October 18 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
October 19 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
October 20 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts *
October 21 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
October 22 - Richmond, VA - The Broadberry *
October 24 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater *
October 25 - Asheville, NC - Asheville Music Hall *
October 26 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West +
October 27 - Jacksonville, FL - 1904 Music Hall +
October 28 - Charleston, SC - The Pour House *
November 9 - Chatenay-Malabry, FR - Le Pediluve
November 10 - Beauvais, FR - La Maladrerie Saint Lazare
November 11 - Les Deux-Fays, FR - Salles Des Fetes
November 12 - Angers, FR - Le Jokers
November 14 - Manchester, UK - Band on the Wall
November 15 - Hull, UK - FRüIT
November 16 - London, UK - Under the Bridge
November 17 - Auxerre, FR - Le Silex
November 18 - St-Germain-En Laye, FR - LaClef Stgermain
November 29 - Ithaca, NY - The Haunt ^
November 30 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom ^
December 1 - Dayton, OH - Oddbody's ^
December 2 - Covington, KY - Octave ^
December 6 - Utrecht, NL - De Helling
December 8-9 - Rennes, FR - Trans Musicales Festival
December 27 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair ^
December 28 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall ^
December 29 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground ^
December 30 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street Nightclub &
December 31 - Buffalo, NY - Buffalo Iron Works &

* Co-headline with Marco Benevento
+ w/ Jackson Whalan
^ w/ Gnomedad
& w/ Gnomedad and Honeycomb

More about Moon Hooch

In just a few short years, the explosive horn-and-percussion trio Moon Hooch—Mike Wilbur (horns), Wenzl McGowen (horns), and James Muschler (drums)—have taken their exhilarating blend of virtuosic jazz, experimental funk, and pulse-pounding electronic dance music from the New York City subway system to stages around the world, touring with the likes of Beats Antique, Lotus and Galactic among others, as well as earning status as festival favorites and selling out headline shows in major venues. The trio initially turned heads in the music industry with their self-titled 2013 debut, which introduced their charismatic, unconventional sound to the world, but by then they were already well-known to straphangers in New York, who would react with such joy and fervor to their impromptu subway platform sets that the NYPD had to ban them from locations that couldn't handle the crowds. Since then they've released a series of acclaimed studio recordings that have all reached the top 10 of the Billboard Heatseekers and Jazz Charts, as well as a 2017 concert recording, Live At The Cathedral, documenting their historic performance at NYC's Cathedral of St. John the Divine. 

Onstage, the band now plays through a "Reverse DJ" setup, in which the live sound from  their  horns  runs through laptops to process recorded effects. In addition, they utilize Moog synthesizers, as well as an EWI (an electronic wind instrument that responds to breath in addition to touch) and other more traditional instruments like clarinets. Wilbur added vocals  to his repertoire, and Muschler, meanwhile, immersed himself in tabla studies in India in order to expand his percussion skills. Tahoe Onstage boasts, "Moon Hooch uniquely delivers a creative, energetic, and unyielding assault on your auditory senses."

The band members all speak reverently of meditation and consciousness and the role it plays in their music, but equally close to their hearts are the environmental causes they  champion.  Moon  Hooch  tries to  live up to  their  green  ideals  while  traveling,  playing  benefit  shows,  supporting  local  farmers and co-ops, participating in  river  cleanups,  and filming  informative  videos  for  their  fans. The  band  runs a food  blog, Cooking In The  Cave, in which they highlight the healthy, sustainable, organic recipes they  utilize with their mobile kitchen setup on tour and have teamed up with We Are Neutral to officially go carbon neutral on tour. For the members of Moon Hooch, commitments to consciousness, environmentalism, veganism, philosophy and peace aren't separate from their commitment to music, but actually integral parts of it. It's all tied into that same core approach that led to their discovery on the  subway platform: try, even if it's just a little bit every day, to make the world less like it is and more like you wish it could be.

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