I must admit, I'd never heard of these guys until my uncle turned me on to them. We were in a local record shop in Minneapolis and he purchased this based on a review he'd read. Later that night, he messaged me.
Based on what he'd said, I ran out and bought the album. Moon Maan is a hidden gem of greatness. It's a rockin' album with funk, soul, and a heaviness only found by musicians that have a fondness of 70s rock. The crooner, Rick McCollum, has a voice reminiscent of Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone or Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones. Boy is his voice a refreashing change from what you commonly hear in bands today. With the help of other Minneapolis greats, McCollum formed this band after his long and successful career with The Afghan Wigs. My uncle and I both refer to that band as lounge grunge. While both are great, I do prefer Moon Maan. As you listen, you'll soon realize that they have their own unique sound, but at the same time, you can hear a hundred different influences surface. And the cool thing about these influences is that they all compliment each other and make for a great listen. It's heavy, mellow, funky, soulful, creative, and modern.
If you've ever heard of an early to mid 90s' Detroit band called Big Chief, and wondered what they'd sound like with more rock and a little less over-the-top, dirty, in the gutter funk, then this is the band for you.