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.
While their 2014 debut album “Frankie Goes To Hamilton” delivered a rollicking arrangement of classic love songs, the band’s 2017 follow-up “Just The Hits: 1981-1985” transformed timeless hits such as “Sunglasses At Night” by Corey Hart and “Something About You” by Level 42 into party rock anthems. Satisfying that hunger to escape the shackles of reality with fun times and familiar hits, Fast forward to 2020 and Moonlight Desires returns with another heavy dose of 80’s childhood nostalgia – this time themed around some of the most iconic films of the era! With “At The Movies”, Moonlight Desires take you on a sonic trip down memory lane – converting classic hits from Dirty Dancing, The Goonies, Karate Kid and The Breakfast Club into modern sounding hard rock bangers!
“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!” adds Ziebarth.
Their two first singles off the forthcoming EP, a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough” and Eric Carmen’s “Hungry Eyes” can be heard below.
“The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough” – Spotify | YouTube | Bandcamp
“Hungry Eyes” – Spotify | YouTube
The new EP “At The Movies” is set for release on July 17th via Infamous Butcher Records and will be available on all major digital platforms (including Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play).
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