Introducing Moonlight Zoo


On the 17th of June, The Bungalow in Paisley hosts the final of the Party at the Palace Battle of the Bands competition. The prize is a slot on stage playing to the Festival crowd over the weekend in August.

We decided to meet up with all four finalists to introduce them to the Musicscramble readership and find out how they’re feeling about the upcoming event.

Today we talk to Moonlight Zoo, so let’s start off with some introductions:

Who is the band and where do you come from?

We are Moonlight Zoo from Dunfermline, Fife.

Could you introduce the band members?
Sean De Francesco (Rhythm guitar, Vocals), Graeme Macleod (Bass, Vocals) , Jamie Adamson (Vocals, Lead Guitar), Reece Dobbin (Drums)

How long have you been together and where did you meet?
We have been together as this lineup for just over 2 years. We all met through playing music separately with different bands in and around the Dunfermline music scene. We were all brought together by being around our local venue (PJ Molloy’s). We had all played there separately many times before (Graeme and Sean both worked there in the past also) so we soon gravitated towards each other through seeing each other play, and it began to click.

How would you describe your sound to our readers who have not yet heard you?

Sensible nonsense, sang in three part harmony.

What is your one stand out track everyone should hear?
‘Breaking or Broken’. (Available on all music listening platforms)

Tell us about the heats of the Party at the Palace Battle of the Bands….

How important is these kinds of events for up and coming bands?

These events are essential in helping upcoming bands get their foot in the door of the industry, where it would be otherwise be extremely difficult to do so. Also, the fact bands are given the opportunity to play in front of larger crowds is something which will help any band progress, and help their confidence to grow.

Did you feel the competition was tough in any of the rounds you took part in?
Each heat has been very tough, there are so many good bands taking part! Each round we have played in, every band we watched could’ve went through.

Were you surprised when you got through?
We’re very pleased to have gone through! We had been working extremely hard, writing and honing our live set in the lead-up to the previous heat, and it’s always evolving and improving. We feel gratified that our hard work paid off but like mentioned before, any band could’ve went through and we were pleased the judges enjoyed our set.

How are you feeling about playing the Final on 17th of June?
We are really looking forward to it! We can’t wait to watch and chat to all the bands. It’s going to be a great night of live music for everyone to see; we are locked away working on the set.

What can fans expect from your live show at the Final?
Lots of vocal harmonies. Lots of energy. Lots of sweat.

What does winning and getting to play at the Festival mean for you?
The opportunity to play the main stage at a festival as big as Party at The Palace would be so beneficial for us to broaden our horizons and gain new fans. It would be amazing exposure for us and it would be a huge networking opportunity. It would also be a massive learning curve, upcoming bands rarely get the opportunity to play big stages like that.

Apart from at the final, where can people check out your music, keep in touch, and follow your movements?
You can find us on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat) and listen to us on Spotify, Apple Music and all other music distributers.

Photo credit: Robert Adam

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