The Kootenay band Moontricks will be performing at Spiritbar on Friday

Moontricks crosses genres

Kootenay band tests the limits of electronic dance music.

Nate Gurley of Moontricks likes to pair incongruous sounds to see what will happen.

“The primary factor of our music is always guitar and live instrumentation on top of the music we’re producing digitally. That’s what Moontricks is all about, is bringing together organic sounds and sounds that people know from the past with sounds that have just been created in the last few years,” said Gurley, who will share the Spiritbar stage with fellow Kootenay musician Robin Mercy.

“We take our influence from such a broad range of music. From bluegrass to blues to dub step to hip hop,” he said. “We want to bring all those types of music together.”

The pair will play Spiritbar tonight at 10 p.m., along with opening act Vespers.

“Vespers does live electronic music too. He plays sax on the tunes he’s writing and does live looping with that,” he said.

“We met him through music and he’s already doing a similar thing. We’ve written tunes together, and we can easily jam on top of tunes. It will be great.”

The pair will mostly be playing from their recent EP, Robo-Acoustics, but will also be introducing some new songs. Gurley said they had a productive and busy summer, including a set at the Grove Stage during the Shambhala Music Festival.

“Byron, the guy that ran the grove, he booked us for the exact hour of the full moon,” he said, noting that this isn’t the first time organizers and promoters have capitalized on their name.

“We’ve played all kinds of full moon parties and stuff. It worked out well.”

The pair are known for performing in their bare feet.

“We don’t gimmick, we don’t dress flamboyance. I mean, we don’t wear any shoes but we just did it because he could push the pedals easiers and it made us feel comfortable.

The  show begins at 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available from the Hume Hotel.

For more information about Moontricks, visit them on Facebook or at


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