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Montreal, QC – July 17, 2020
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Out Today! Moonlight Desires’ Love of The 80’s Soundtrack Lives On “At The Movies”
Heavy’d Up Covers of Glory of Love (Peter Cetera), Hungry Eyes (Eric Carmen),
The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough (Cyndi Lauper), Don’t You Forget About Me (Simple Minds)
Canada’s Moonlight Desires return with another heavy dose of 80’s childhood nostalgia with their next cover EP “At The Movies”, out now, as of July 17th via Infamous Butcher Records. Taking you on a sonic trip down memory lane, Moonlight Desires convert classic movie soundtracks from Dirty Dancing, The Goonies, Karate Kid, and The Breakfast Club into modern sounding hard rock bangers! The EP follows 2017’s “Just The Hits: 1981-1985”, which transformed timeless hits such as “Sunglasses At Night” by Corey Hart and “Something About You” by Level 42 into party rock anthems along with their 2014 debut album “Frankie Goes To Hamilton” that delivered a rollicking cover arrangement of classic love songs.
EP stream via YouTube.
Vocalist/guitarist Trevor Ziebarth comments:
“I wanted to pay homage to the most nostalgic 80’s movies from my youth to bring some happiness back to 2020! These movies were iconic and the singles are larger-than-life! I always wondered how they would sound all Heavy’d up!”
Moonlight Desires might only play 80s cover songs, but you’d be wrong to dismiss them as just another cover band. Formed by long-time Hamilton, ON musician Trevor Ziebarth (Actor/Writer/Composer on Teletoon’s adult comedy series Sons of Butcher), Moonlight Desires is his ode to the raunchy romances and youthful misadventures of summer’s past. By re-working synth-laden pop hits of the 1980s, Ziebarth manages to turn familiar guilty pleasures into modern, guitar-driven rock anthems.
“For those unfamiliar, I created a television show with my brother Jay Ziebarth back in 2005 called ‘Sons of Butcher’. It was a unique adult comedy cartoon series that aired on Teletoon and was sold to over 200 countries around the world. The show was the first to blend video heads into a cartoon world. The Sons of Butcher characters worked in a butcher shop by day and were a spandex-clad rock outfit by night, with my character (Ricky Butcher) relentlessly trying to make it as a big rock star. As a companion to the show, Sons of Butcher recorded and released a few comedy rock albums using songs from the show as inspiration, and travelled across Canada twice on a sponsored tour by Teletoon. As a live band, Sons of Butcher used to perform heavied-up covers of 80s songs and they often became fan/crowd favourites. Ultimately, I noticed the positive response and it led to the formation of Moonlight Desires in 2013.” says Trevor Ziebarth.
As an homage to their Canadian music heritage, the band decided to take their name from the popular 80s song ‘Moonlight Desires’ by iconic singer/songwriter Gowan.
“I wanted to have a direct (1980s song) reference …but I also thought it would fit in nicely with the band’s heavier direction,” says Ziebarth.
1. Glory of Love (4:02) (Peter Cetera cover)
2. Hungry Eyes (3:44) (Eric Carmen cover)
3. The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough (3:09) (Cyndi Lauper cover)
4. Don’t You Forget About Me (4:05) (Simple Minds cover)
EP Length: 15:01
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“Just the tonic we need in these times, putting a little smile on your face and plenty of riffs for your bucks.” – Get Ready To Rock
“I just wish there were more than the four songs on here, because what’s on offer is great. I’ve played the EP on a loop since I popped it on to review it and it’s definitely going to keep on playing. None of the tracks are hugely different from their original recordings, but it doesn’t matter. They’re all just designed for being sung out loud, and you can warble along in the kitchen to these new versions as easily as you could have back when shoulder pads were in fashion… A great little compilation that will raise a smile as much as your singing voice.” – Moshville Times
“The Canadian band Moonlight Desires, who specialize in turning ’80s pop songs into guitar-driven songs, turn to classic ’80s movie songs for the four track EP At The Movies… It’s a fun blast from the past that will appeal to those of us who saw those movies in the theater when they were originally released along with the younger generation who discovered them via streaming services or cable TV.” – Heavy Music Headquarters