Back In Time is a much-welcomed return of Swiss rockabilly sensations the Hillbilly Moon Explosion, showcasing their electrifying musicianship and infectious energy.
It's been five years since the Hillybilly Moon Explosion graced us with The Sparky Sessions, and their new album, Back In Time, is exactly what fans have been craving.
Following their last studio album in 2019, the Hillbilly Moon Explosion have joined forces with Cleopatra Records to introduce the band to a fresh audience around the world. Originating from the Zurich rockabilly scene in 1998, they have carved out a unique niche that’s all their own.
Led by the dynamic duo of Italian-Swiss vocalist Emanuela Hutter and English ex-pat singer and slap bassist Oliver Baroni, the Hillbilly Moon Explosion boast an exemplory lineup featuring English guitarist Duncan James and Swiss drummer Luke “The Puke” Weyermann. While rooted in rockabilly, they transcend genre boundaries, infusing elements of punk, surf, and pop to create a signature sound.
Despite their origins, the Hillbilly Moon Explosion have eschewed convention, even turning down an invitation to represent Switzerland in Eurovision. Instead, they've charted their own path, propelled by their unique sound and undeniable charisma. With mini-hits like "Johnny Are You Gay?" and a 2010 tour supporting Jeff Beck that culminated in a legendary performance at the Paris Olympia, the band have done more than most people know about.
What sets the band apart is their authenticity. While many in their genre attempt to emulate the vintage sound of rockabilly pioneers like Eddie Cochran, the Hillbilly Moon Explosion infuse their music with a contemporary edge, creating a sound that is both nostalgic and innovative. Their music evokes the atmosphere of a Sam Phillips-produced soundtrack for a Sam Raimi film, with thunderous slap bass, haunting guitar lines, and eerie keyboard flourishes that mesmerize.