GIG REVIEW | MOONLIGHT ZOO | PJ MOLLOYS | 23.12.23

What a WILD festive party Moonlight Zoo put on at PJ Molloys on Saturday 23rd of December.

Local lad Kieran Forbes was first to grace the PJS stage for the night playing his indie/rock originals to a hometown. A change of band line up for Kieran tonight as he announced at the end of his set that there was a stand in drummer and guitarist; I’d have been none the wiser and feel they pulled together a great set. Kieran has a strong vocal and a clear sense of indie style in his music. Looking forward to what 2024 may have in store for him.

📷Kieran Forbes
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Jupiter Strange are a psychedelic rock band also from Fife. A 4 piece band with clear 70s rock vibe. The male and female vocalists taking turns to sing lead parts with some very impressive harmonies. The female vocalist has an insane range which was absolutely on show during Hypnotic. The band are creative with their music and obviously get great influence from their musical heroes. They all looked like they were having the best time on the stage with the drummer and bassist in great sync with one another driving the band from the back. A really incredible set I didn’t want to end, look these guys up and go to a show.

📷Jupiter Strange

With a very clever intro of It’s beginging to look a lot like Christmas it’s probably one of the most creative openings to a show I’ve witnessed and the crowd were all for it. This was Moonlight Zoo’s first big show with the new line up and a home town come back for the Dunfermline lads! PJS was bouncing and everyone was keen for a good time which was delivered in abundance. It was great to finally see the songs live that have been played continuously throughout the year with tracks like Wild and Behind the Times and Breaking or Broken making the set-list.

There was a promise of a new track being recorded in the new year and I’m already eagerly awaiting to hear it!

📷Moonligt Zoo
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Everything from start to finish for this show was on point and very well produced from lights to set list to crowd participation. These guys really know how to put on a show. I was excited to hear their three part harmonies as I know they have been working so hard in their new line up and it was so unfortunate that bassist Lewis was feeling so unwell on the night, however they absolutely pulled it out of the bag.

Moonlight Zoo have a knack for playing with different rhythms and styles while always delivering a catchy sing – along chorus. They are all individiaully skilled musicians and great fun to watch but as a band there is some special chemistry on that stage and their passion for their craft shines.

📷Moonligt Zo
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It takes real guts to do some of the things that Moonlight Zoo did tonight – rhythm jams with the audience, throwing out santa hats to the crowd and covering a Shakira song. I don’t think many bands could pull it off but the Zoo boys certainly did.

I’m a sucker for a drum solo and I was thrilled Richie got some time to show off in the set; he certainly knows his way around a kit! Front man Jamie has an infectious energy about him on stage and the audience were giving everything they had it was a real pleasure to watch. It wouldn’t be a Moonlight Zoo party without their guest saxophone player either, who was dressed the part and ready to bring the saxy vibe!

An ideal Saturday night in Dunfermline and a cracking Christmas show highlighting the best of Fife!

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