First/Last-Moon Furies

December 2, 2011

Moon Furies are an ‘electronic pop-rock’ group formed by childhood friends Andy Kiel and Jim Wittmann. Their live sound has been described as “starry-eyed synths with celestial harmonies” akin to “Muppets on crack”. Nice. They are touring to support their debut album Mercury and stop in Pittsburgh tomorrow to play Garfield Artworks. Andy and Jim were cool enough to participate in this edition of First/Last.

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • Andy: A greatest hits Queen album.
  • Jim: Sugar Ray ‘14:59’.
  • Your last album bought?
  • Andy: Hess is More’s ‘Creation Keeps the Devil Away’.
  • Jim: Neon Indian’s latest.
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • Andy: ‘Sgt. Peppers’.
  • Jim: Modest Mouse ‘We were Dead before the Ship Sank’ or ‘Abbey Road’.
  • Least favorite/most disappointing album?
  • Andy: MGMT’s ‘Congratulations ‘.
  • Jim: Blink 182’s latest… yikes.
  • First concert attended?
  • Andy: Billy Ray Cyrus on his Achy Breaky Heart Tour.
  • Jim: Green Day.
  • Last concert?
  • Andy: Real Estate.
  • Jim: Thrice…? I really don’t know how I ended up there.
  • Favorite concert ever?
  • Andy: Art vs. Science at the Empty Bottle in Chicago this past summer. They are amazing live.
  • Jim: Paul McCartney (2005) Paul playing “Let It Be” with no lights on except a candle on top of his upright piano with no one else singing was a moment I’ll never forget.
  • Least favorite concert?
  • Andy: Maybe Bob Dylan at The Rave in
  • Milwaukee???
  • The room sounded awful (too reverberant), his mix was too high ended, and Bob Dylan just wasn’t having one of his better days I think.
  • Jim: Chicago, just wasn’t feelin’ it that night.
  • Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
  • Andy: I’ve only passed through. I’m super excited to check it out. I’ve heard there are some pretty cool art galleries there.
  • Jim: NEW BATMAN MOVIE! We have not been here yet, but heard good things about bars.

Batman and bars. I could get into that description of Pittsburgh…better than steel and ‘fries on sandwiches’, which many still think of. Hope you guys have time to check out our awesome town.