Blue Moon Harem is the Boston-based band formed at the end of the last decade by the free-thinking individuals, Jonathan Bix and Demetri Joannou, each actively seeking to challenge themselves and their listeners through a unique and captivating sound propelled by a spellbinding stage performance. Blue Moon Harem’s self titled first album is a remarkable collection of creativity un-categorizable modern music.
Singer/songwriter Jonathan Bix is the voice and soul of Blue Moon Harem. On the eleven songs, Jonathan delivers a towering yet vulnerable vocal performance which mesmerizes and captivates audiences everywhere.
Guitarist Demetri Joannou, the band’s co-songwriter, along with Jonathan, writes the incredible music that is the heart of Blue Moon Harem. Demetri deftly combines keen instinct with raw talent to create passages of atmosphere, beauty, and power.
Brian MacDougal rounds out Blue Moon Harem’s powerful lineup on drums and percussion. Brian adds a unique balance to this band’s dynamic sound and creativity. Also acting as a backup vocalist for the band, Brian’s talents are endless.
In the last few years, praise for the bands first hit, Addiction, has quickly spread all across the New England states. Beginning with airplay of this pulsing alternative-rock hit on WAAF’s local radio music show in Boston, along with the band’s other hits, Ride and Dog’s Life, Blue Moon Harem’s popularity has built to such a level that their music has been featured in the independent film Under Surveillance from New York based Fourth Horizon Cinema and other films from Sorry Dog Productions.
Many people wonder how a band as creative and constantly changing as Blue Moon Harem can hold it together amid the rigorous demands of becoming a major national touring band. But really, the recipe is simple: close friends, a passion for music and a shared desire to transcend the average perception of daily life by creating something brilliant and timeless together. And share it with you. That’s what this band has set out to do. Join the harem. The Blue Moon Harem.
The band is currently in the studio working on their second CD entitled "FINLAND" which is due out in Marck of 2009.
The sound is a mix of Dark and Light moods and is in a genre that call Acoustipopaltrock.
INDIE IN-TUNE MAGAZINE Current Issue: VOL. 2 - NO. 12 December 18th – January 14th, 2007
By: Kathryn Vercillo
"The Boston music scene has been described as constantly changing, offering a little bit of something for everyone. With such a range of music available in the area, and with new artists emerging constantly, the fans of this scene frequently turn to the latest in new music in the area in order to be on the edge of what’s happening. The scene is simply one in which the new kid on the block often gets a good chance at being the most recognized name in the area. Blue Moon Harem has a history which flaunts itself in direct contrast to this reality. This modern rock band has been making music in the Boston area since 1999 and shows no signs of becoming just an old name anytime soon. While attention wavers between all of the other bands in the area, singular focus on developing their talent over time has kept this band in the minds of area music fans.
Much of what keeps the attention of music fans on Blue Moon Harem is that they offer enough variety in their music to make sure that the “something for everyone” availability of sounds in the Boston music scene is also available throughout their own CD’s. Though at heart they are a rock band, they are not afraid of testing the waters and showing off their talents in other areas of music including pop, funk, jazz, old school and even techno. For example, in the intro to their song, “Willow,” there is a hint of Pink Floyd influence although the lyrics and vocals are more reminiscent of early 1990’s alternative songs. In contrast, “Ride,” has a strong funk flavor to it which defies generational labels.
The band’s ability to pull off these different sounds is rooted in the fact that they have a thorough understanding of the strengths of their rock background and they use it as a foundation for building a more evolved rhythm with each song that they play. The full range of their musical talent can be heard on the eleven songs of their self-titled CD. Each song falls in to a different category of music, placing Blue Moon Harem at the center of Boston’s attention in a number of different genres. The changing music world can sometimes be fickle, but solid bands such as this one find a way to stick around."