Moon Duo

After the release of 2012’s Circles LP, Moon Duo’s Sanae Yamada and Ripley Johnson relocated their critically acclaimed psych band for the second time since its 2009 formation in San Francisco, this time from Blue River, Colorado to Portland. Yamada and Johnson had been touring extensively as a duo for the entire lifespan of the band, but they decided they wanted to try something new and add a drummer in advance of their European dates in summer 2013. That drummer ended up being John Jeffrey, who was hired sight unseen after meeting Moon Duo’s manager in Berlin. “The dynamism and flexibility that a drummer brings to the stage held great appeal,” Yamada said. “John turned out to be an ideal fit.”

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