As if channeling a primal urge to let loose under cover of darkness, Moon Fever churns out slick, swaggering, and soulful rock ‘n’ roll anthems amplified by raw attitude and stark emotion. The Seattle quartet—Triston Bracht [vocals], Mitch Micoley [guitar], Dave Orton [bass], and Troy Wageman [drums]—captivate with a one-two punch of raucous instrumentation and intoxicating melodies. After racking up millions of streams independently and earning acclaim from the likes of Alternative Press, Substream Magazine and many more, the group continues to sharpen their signature style and plan to release a complete collection of songs later this year.
“We’re not trying to sell people anything,” Triston says. “I’ve got pain, blood, and shit I want to get out of the water. We do music because it fills a hole in our souls. When you see us on stage, it’s clear we’re best friends. There’s nothing choreographed. When you listen to us, I hope you believe in what we’re doing too—because we do.”
“Everything we do starts with being real,” Mitch agrees.
At 17-years-old, Mitch traded his hometown of Green Bay, Wisconsin for Los Angeles, CA. However, Seattle called to him in 2020. He settled in the Emerald City and linked up with Troy and Dave. Nodding to influences such as Queens of the Stone Age, Royal Blood, The Doors, and Alice In Chains, the group had initially gained traction with the Payphone Blues EP highlighted by “Cocaine,” which generated millions of combined streams and counting. Upon meeting Triston in 2022, the lineup cemented.
“He was the guy,” Mitch goes on. “We started writing together, recording, and making songs.”
Building a reputation as a proven live presence, the musicians lit up stages alongside the likes of Adelita’s Way, Godsmack, Otherwise and Buckcherry. Following the raucous “Live Fast Die Young,” Moon Fever bulldozed their way further into the public with the releases of “I’m Gone” and “Nothing Left To Lose.” The 2023 single “Getting Loud” rides a hummable riff towards an unshakable and undeniable hook as Triston wails, “It’s getting loud. I hear a voice in my head,” before a scorching guitar lead on the bridge. It lives up to Mitch’s promise of “Big high energy rock.”
“Lyrically, it’s about being anxiety-ridden,” reveals Triston. “I think a lot of us hear those voices in our head. You’ve got to get the demons out, baby.”
Then, there’s “Forever Sleep.” The band conjure up a hypnotic chorus that gives way to a scorching solo. Accompanied by a video directed by Jim Louvau [Jerry Cantrell, Greg Puciato], it cuts deep.
“It’s very Seattle and probably the best thing we’ve written thus far,” notes Mitch. “We based the idea around the horribleness of existence. It’s pretty emotional and honest.”
In the end, Moon Fever provide the best kind of escape.
“A lot of people work nine-to-five jobs and just go through the motions in life,” Mitch leaves off. “They need a break to feel free, be themselves, and have a great time. We want to give them a chance to escape reality and experience a kickass rock show.”
“If I didn’t have music, I don’t know what I’d be doing,” Triston concludes. “I hope what we’re doing in Moon Fever makes an impact on you.”