The origins of Moonspeed date back to 2003, when Jeff Suthers (Bright Channel, Volplane, pteranodon ) began to record layered compositions that were both relaxed and sonically energetic. Suthers based these recordings primarily on the sounds of driving acoustic guitars with interplaying synthesizer and electric guitar melodies. An LP and an EP were assembled out of this material, and both were distributed as a handmade limited release on Flight Approved Records in 2006.
On the eaves of winter 2007, preliminary and experimental rehearsals with a live four-piece ensemble were arranged with the intent of capturing the rhythmic tendencies and sonic layering found within the early Moonspeed recordings. The early live sessions served as both a trial of old material and a launch pad for new ideas and improvisations. This early cast included two electric guitars, bass, and drums. It was realized shortly thereafter that more players and sounds were necessary to fully realize the sonic nature of Moonspeed.
Slowly, members were added to the cast in order to create the sounds of what became the Moonspeed of today, a large ensemble of eleven musicians. The first album with the full-band lineup, "Flowers of the Moon", was released December 2009 on Flight Approved Records.
Jeff Suthers ………Electric Guitar/Vocal
Ryan Sniegowski ……..Electric Guitar
Jim Sweeney……….Acoustic Guitar/Vocal
Adam Shaffner…….Bass, Theremin
Shannon Stein ……Synthesiser
Darren Cheek …..Synthesiser
James Barone……Drums/Acoustic Guitar
Hayley Helmericks ……Vocal/Melodica/Percussion
Matthew Brown …..Acoustic/Percussion
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