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Half Moon Run inspired by sojourn in the sun

There's nothing like a trip to California to reinvigorate the songwriting senses.

For decades, pop paeans have been written about the sunny state, and that history is what inspired the members of Half Moon Run to trek west from their homes in Montreal when prepping for their second album, Sun Leads Me On.

Half Moon Run had already spent the better part of two years on the road, so it was a little taxing to get right back in a van and drive such a long way, Molander added. The result was worth it, however, as the group emerged with a set of songs that appear to be taking the group to the next level especially on the tour front.

The band recently returned from a European tour that featured several sold out dates. That trend is continuing as Half Moon Run prepares to embark on a cross Canada run, which follows five sold out shows in Montreal.

"The Montreal shows, that was a real thrill," Molander said. "We felt a lot of love. Not every band is privileged enough to say they have a hometown, because people move or relocate. But the people here treat us as their own and treat us really, really well. When we play shows here, it's an unparalleled feeling."

Montreal isn't the only city with a fondness for the group. Every date on the quartet's upcoming tour, which begins in earnest Monday at Sugar in Victoria, has sold out in advance. The date at Sugar will be a homecoming of sorts for Molander a graduate of Highland Secondary in Comox and two of his bandmates, drummer Dylan Phillips and multi instrumentalist Isaac Symonds, who also hail from the valley.

They all knew each other during their Comox days but didn't form a musical relationship until they met up in Montreal. Molander who had played with Symonds's brother, Duncan, in an early version of the Nanaimo group Bananafish Dance Orchestra was at McGill University when he crossed paths with Phillips in 2009. Molander said his interest in music overtook his desire to attend psychology classes.

"The reason I chose Montreal to go to university was exactly for that reason I was hoping I could find my way into some kind of music project."

Molander and Phillips posted an online ad looking for musicians inspired by Grizzly Bear and Radiohead to form a group. Devon Portleje, a singer guitarist from Ottawa,fake rolex perpetual datejust, was among those who responded.

"That's what Montreal is to a lot of Canada,sell rolex oyster perpetual datejust fake, a hub for wandering souls who want to get involved in some kind of music project, but don't know how to make it happen," Molander said. "It's amazing that way."

The band's debut, Dark Eyes, arrived on the indie folk scene like a shot three years ago.

Half Moon Run toured Europe with Mumford Sons and North America with Of Monsters and Men,fake rolex oyster perpetual datejust stainless steel, drawing plenty of comparisons to Radiohead along the way. With heightened expectations heading into their second album, the band knew it had to make Sun Leads Me On count, so they enlisted British producer Jim Abbiss, who produced Adele's hit Turning Tables, to handle the recording sessions at the Tragically Hip's Bathouse Studio in Kingston, Ont.

The album marks a progressive leap forward for the group, losing none of the triple harmonies that typify their rhythm based sound. Molander and his bandmates never doubted the new direction, simply because it comes from a pure place, he said.

"Success requires that you become a little bit more savvy in a business sense. But we make a constant effort to continue to make music for the reason we set out to in the first place.

"When we were first jamming as a band, everybody had a sense that making money and the longevity of it were not guaranteed. All we could do was do the best musically that we could. We worked really, really hard, jamming for 12 hours in the early days, but we had a lot of luck, too."

Luck is no longer part of the equation where Half Moon Run is concerned. Molander, when pushed,rolex oyster perpetual datejust gold fake, is inclined to agree. A dogged determination, more than anything else, is what makes Half Moon Run run.

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