The experimental indie rock band The Moon is no Door was founded by composer Stepha Schweiger. Their first album will be released in 2022, featuring Dirk Dresselhaus - processed electric guitar and mixing, Ulrich Krieger - saxophones, and was recorded live by Stepha Schweiger - vocals, pianos, synthesizer, Robert Pepe Pöschl - electric bass, Adam Goodwin - double bass, Mäx Huber - drums, vocals, Christian Haudej - electric guitar. Their melodious sound with two basses playing simultaneously combines with elements from pop to psychedelic rock. All musicians are involved in various bands and projects.
The Moon Is No Door is the new band project spearheaded by the composer and singer/songwriterStepha Schweiger, a familiar name thanks to her experimental musical theatrework and productions with Pyrolator and Hanno Leichtmann. Expanded to thefour-piece band The Moon Is No Door, this album follows on from two soloalbums dedicated to the poetry of Katherine Mansfield. However, it takes a newmusical direction because, according to Schweiger, “the new selection fromMansfield’s texts needed a band that sounded harder, edgier and more krauty,plus I had a huge longing to do something with a band again.”
Eight of thealbum’s nine songs are based on poems and literary still-lifes by the NewZealand-British author Katherine Mansfield, all of which are still relevant to thisday. “I immediately identified with these lyrics on a very emotional level,”says Stepha Schweiger, “as if they came from deep within me. And then I feltthe irrepressible urge to sing and play them”. In the psychedelic, krautrockmusical settings, which are heavily influenced by both indie pop andimprovisational avant-garde, Stepha Schweiger and her band create fictionalscenarios and dialogues with multiple vocal inserts in the form of collages.
The core of theband consists of Stepha Schweiger on vocals, synthesizer and piano, AdamGoodwin on double bass, Robert Pepe Pöschl (Robert Forster, Kim Foley, WalterSalas-Humara) on electric bass and Mäx Huber (Walter Salas-Humara, Kim Foley)on drums. There are also guest appearances by Ulrich Krieger (Lou Reed) onsaxophone and Dirk Dresselhaus (Schneider TM) on “processed” electric guitaralong with Christian Haudej on electric guitar. The Moon Is No Doorcame into being over the course of several sessions with Schweiger’s long-timemusical associates. It all kicked off with Stepha Schweiger and Adam Goodwin,who then brought Pepe Pöschl and Mäx Huber on board, with whom Stepha alsocollaborates in the group “Girl on Catfish”. Stepha and Pepe know each othersince their teens. Both of them played together for five years with theforerunner band and then in the new formation of “Baby You Know” for sixmonths.
On Tiny Moment, Stepha Schweiger amalgamates poems by Katherine Mansfield and excerpts of aVirginia Woolf text with her own compositions to create exciting, absurd andeven magical-sounding songs. With regard to her approach, Schweiger has thefollowing to say: “I don’t just want to create an embellishment to a poem, butinitially aim to create a musical antithesis that coalesces as much as possiblewith the poem. With this in place, I can in turn look at the poem, feel it,hear it, understand it and, in the process, realise something new every time,also about the poem itself. This is a reciprocal composition process ofconvergence between music and text. As a result of identifying the largestdeviation and the strongest possible confluence between music and text, thecomposition ultimately emerges in the most autonomous manner imaginable.”
More than a centuryago, Katherine Mansfield already created a self-determined modus vivendi forherself, on both a private and professional level. This sense of autonomy isreflected in her literary output. The tracks dive into the topics ofself-perception as a woman in society, finding a haven in various relationshipsand perceiving the significance of nature. The album’s title track deals with atiny but enchanted moment during the twilight hours when suddenly a spookyelement appears in the air, transforming everything into a minor miracle andconferring magic on the perception of oneself and one’s surroundings. Incontrast, “Gray’s Inn Road” is about pilgrims striving to reach nowhere – is ita “Road to Nowhere” or does it actually lead to a destination? ...
the leadsingle "Revelation" is out on June 24, 2020, accompanied by the teaser video for the album "Tiny Moment" - Vinyl, CD & Download – to be released on August 26, 2022.
On July 15, 2022, the video "Revelation" is released.
The moon is no door will perform a release tour starting in September 2022 in Germany and Austria.
Broadcast by Roland Biswurm including Interview with Stepha SchweigerBR24 - Roland Biswurm on Tiny Moment - Interview with Stepha Schweiger
Review on Tiny Moment in Westzeit.deWestzeit Review
Freistil broadcast from August 24, 2022Freistil from August 24, 2022
Deutschlandfunk Kultur Tonart 22nd August, 2022, 3 pm, interview and live performance with The Moon Is no Dooronline till 29th August, 2022, listen to interview and live performance
Interview with Stepha Schweiger on the Album Tiny Moment and the band The Moon is no DoorInterview and more music of album "Tiny Moment"
new review by Stephanie Grimm in the TAZ Berlinnew review of Tiny Moment by The Moon Is No Door in the TAZ Berlin
Tiny Moment - Album of the week on SWR2 - broadcast on August 19, 2022listen to interview at Tandem on swr2 - by Luigi lauer
„Revelation“ ist zugleich ihr Debüt vom Erstlingsalbum „Tiny Moment“, das am 26. August erscheinen wird. Im Track geht es um die Absurdität des Lebens und mit seinen Nina-Hagen-ähnlichen Vocals trifft er das auch völlig.
"Revelation" is the first single by new band The Moon Is No Door, whose debut album Tiny Moment is out August 26th. This song is a tightrope of tension, with enchanting piano harmonies juxtaposed with raw saxophone, guitar and vocal sounds. The musician delivers a sound that is a bit reminiscent to the late 70s we think.