Night Moves performing at the Vita.mn 5th Anniversary Party in November, photo by Jon Behm
Howler won’t be the only young band from the Twin Cities issuing an album on a major indie label next year. Soulful dance-rock trio Night Moves has signed a deal with Domino Recording Co., the London-based label that brought us Franz Ferdinand, the Arctic Monkeys, the Kills and Animal Collective – and that is still producing buzz bands, evidenced this year by Real Estate and Twin Sister.
A bit more established locally than Howler (but just a bit), Night Moves' members have also played in Food Pyramid, the Battle Royale and Mouthful of Bees. With their MGMT-like psychedelic electronic sound, they initially earned a buzz around town in May when their full-length debut, “Colored Emotions,” became available for free online. They landed at No. 3 on City Pages’ Picked to Click poll this fall. They have also played around town a lot, everywhere from the Vita.mn fifth anniversary party to the Replacements tribute to even Howler’s EP release party. A rep from Domino actually flew in to see the band perform at the Square Lake Festival in August, which led to a showcase in New York for the label’s co-founder, Laurence Bell.
Because of this signing, “Colored Emotions” is no longer available anywhere, aside from a pair of songs off it up on the trio’s Bandcamp page. Domino plans to release the album mostly as-is with only a few tweaks, according to band manager Paul Gillis (also Jeremy Messersmith’s handler). A date has not yet been set, but it will at least be by next summer, through both the U.K. and U.S. arm of Domino. The band plans to start touring with the label's support around South by Southwest in mid-March. In the meantime, Night Moves should have a big coming-out reception at the first of the Current’s two birthday bashes at First Ave on Jan 27.