Half Moon Run
Category:Breakthrough Group of the Year
Hometown: Montréal, Quebec
Half Moon Run’s journey begins in Montréal, Canada where Devon Portielje, Conner Molander and Dylan Phillips first met. In their Mile-End district practice space, they crafted their rapturous 2012 debut album, Dark Eyes.
They all sing, and each plays multiple instruments (sometimes within the same song.) The complexity of their arrangements, combined with a determination to do justice to the recordings, led them to invite Isaac Symonds to join the band.
Promoting Dark Eyes entailed two tours of Australia, six tours of Europe, five American tours, including opening slots with Mumford & Sons, Metric and Patrick Watson, and extensive touring in Canada.
Dark Eyes was released by Indica in Canada and Australia, Communion in Britain and Glassnote in the ROW. The group scored two “A-list” hits at BBC-One, sold over 125,000 albums, including 75,000 in Canada, had 25 million streams on Spotify and 7.5 million video views on Facebook.
Half Moon Run, produced by Jim Abbiss (Adele/Arctic Monkeys) will release its second album, Sun Leads Me On, on October 23rd. The lead-off single “Turn Your Love” is already A-listed at BBC-One, #1 at Triple-J in Australia and just became their first Top 10 hit at alternative radio in Canada.