100 Bands in 100 Days Presented by Verity Credit Union — Day 4: Moon Darling

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Artwork by Seattle-area painter E.R. Saba

Music fans of the Pacific Northwest, get ready for our fifth annual year-end daily local music showcase, 100 Bands in 100 Days, where every day until December 31st, we’re showcasing a new band or artist you have to know about, once again presented by Verity Credit Union.

Make sure you are checking the #100Bands100Days hashtag on Twitter on a daily basis to stay on top of all the bands featured and be sure to follow Verity and NW_Music_Scene there. Some days the featured act could be an established and locally-adored northwest-based musician and other times they could be a band with a small following that just hasn’t had their deserved time in the spotlight yet. Either way, we’re fairly confident you can come away from this daily segment with plenty of new favorites. Today’s featured band is Moon Darling.

About the band: 

After years of adventure on the road and a van up in literal flames, guitarist and singer Michael Julian Escobar returned to Seattle to channel his experiences into music. He found drummer Michelle Nuño and the two immediately clicked.

No one wants to belabor the concept that a rock band of dudes with a female drummer is merely “interesting,” because what’s actually interesting here is Nuño’s drumming itself. Her technical grooves are always locked square in the pocket, punctuating the compositions with attitude and urgency, no doubt derived from her days of wearing heavy eyeliner in much heavier bands.

The duo recently enlisted Seattle bass veteran Ian Sides to channel low frequencies for their national tour, Daytrotter Live session, and whatever the future has in store for the powerful trio.

Mood Darling leans heavily on the psych side of the rock genre and while they seemingly pay plenty of homage to bands from decades ago, they somehow do it in a way that keep it relevant for today. Escobar’s powerful, shrieking vocals are given plenty of space, with the funky bass lines of Sides and the perfect meter of Nuño providing a rock-solid foundation. Keep your eyes and ears on this band.

Photo by Sophia Barkalakis

Catch them live:

They’ll be playing on October 4 at Sunset Tavern in Seattle and December 2 at Scuttlebutt Brewing in Everett.


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Submissions for 100 Bands in 100 Days are still open to any Pacific Northwest band interested in submitting. If you would like to submit for a chance to be featured in this segment, consult this link for more information on how you can do so.

A huge shoutout to Verity Credit Union for doing so much for the music community and for being such a great partner. 

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