South London newcomers Moondude have made quite the impression in the last few months. The emerging quintet, who have been making music together from childhood, craft songs that are familiar yet fresh, combining scuzzy shoegaze,  dazzling dream-pop and wry social observations. Think a crossbreed between Real Estate and DIIV that grew up on The Smiths. Hot on the heels of their dreamy debut single ‘Displaced’ and hazy follow-up ‘Wild Alive’, we caught up with Moondude for a brief snapshot of the story so far.

‘Displaced’ is brilliant. How did the track come about?

“Aw thanks guys! It started out as a love song, but then I broke up with my girlfriend and the year got progressively worse… so we decided to make the subject a response to populist figures, whose fear-imposing rhetoric, especially in regards to immigration, we despise.”

How did the Moondude start out?

“We’ve all (somehow) been friends since school, and at some point decided to form a band that combines our shared love of guitars and space travel.”

What inspired your name?

Jessica Pratt (who has a song called ‘Moon Dude’)”

Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?

The Moonlandingz, Moon Duo, The Big Moon, Lunar and The Twilight Saga: New Moon”

Any other new bands that you’ve played with and would recommend?

“Our good pals Alphaduka, big up, and Happyness. Although we haven’t yet experienced playing with Happyness yet.”

And finally, what does 2017 hold for Moondude?

“No festivals. We haven’t got any gigs lined up at the moment. Might be going into the studio if everyone’s able to; unlikely though. Looking forward to it!”