“Muun Bato is a shoegaze indie psychedelic rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota USA. The line-up is a super group of midwest musicians in shoegaze and psychrock scene including members of Driftwood Pyre, First Communion Afterparty, Bridge Club and the Flavor Crystals to name a few of the former projects.”
“Muun Bato’s debut LP is outstanding with lush arrangements, impressive songwriting and deep sonic atmospheres. In the style of alternative dream pop with shoegaze, garage rock. The songs vary from subtle and atmospheric to full-out distorted spacerock. The music is performed with a collaborative excitement expressing a unique synergy.”
“The songwriting on the album is excellent and the arrangements at times are so mindful that I am reminded of Radiohead‘s arrangements on Kid A where many instruments blend together to make one full luscious tone. At other times Muun Bato goes into sounds like Nirvana, Slow Dive, Pink Floyd, Acid Mothers Temple, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. The album has psychedelic rock tones crossing genres while maintaining a distinctive sound. Very impressive first album from Muun Bato.”
Muun Bato (pronounced: moon-bah-toe) delivers a sound packed full of melodic-trippy-sonic-pop-rock, inherently bright & colorful, yet at times, dark & moody.
The band materialized in the summer of 2018 when Joe Werner (First Communion Afterparty, Driftwood Pyre, Bridge Club) & Andy Iwanin (Basement Apartment) were rehearsing for a one-time collaboration show in Minneapolis. The improvised guitar & drums could well have been finished songs. The perfect chemistry sprouted an insatiable appetite to write songs together.
With a handful of new creations, Muun Bato asked Vince Caro (Flavor Crystals, Basement Apartment) to record and mix it all. Vince is a master of manipulating sound, acting as both a creator and accompaniment to tapping the psychedelic frequency. Timothy S Ritter (Basement Apartment, Shapeshifter) was recruited to hold down the low-end bass groove that shapes Muun Bato’s celestial backbone. He also formed brilliant layers of synthesized sound that were injected into the recordings.
Since performing their first show in January of 2019, Muun Bato has opened for such acts as; Mystic Braves, Bitches of the Sun, La Cerca, Triptides, Flaural & Run Westy Run. Mastered by the late great Ed Ackerson of Flowers Studio, Muun Bato’s self-titled debut LP was released October 15th, 2019 on transparent orange vinyl, along with digital downloads via your favorite streaming services.