About the band
Moon Vessel is a rock band founded by Rafael Graterol (Venezuela) and Reinier van den Bos (Netherlands). They met randomly in a bar both ordering the same IPA beers and commenting on the music that was playing in the background.
Rafa is self taught multi instrumentalist and songwriter who loves experimenting with sound. Guitar is his strength, deeply influenced by bands like Radiohead. His style evolved and with time he learned the crafts of music production playing with his band Artefacto back in Venezuela. He lives in the Netherlands with his partner in crime Mariana and with his 4 month old son Manuel.
Singer and guitarist Reinier was a late bloomer. It wasn't until his early 20s when he first picked up and played his guitar, half a decade later he started writing and singing poetry. He lives in Utrecht together with his wife and muze Anna.
The stubborn founders independently created their debut album, from writing to recording and producing. Without having access to a professional studio, Rafa built his own in his attic, where the two spent countless days and (mostly) nights shaping new ideas and perfecting their unique sound.
Their debut album The War Is Ending (2019) is a schizophrenic exploration trying to find the right balance between self-hatred and vanity, and an emotional retrospective on relationships, life choices and modern day humanity.
The music of Moon Vessel is in its very essence, rock, but at the same time very eclectic and melodic, with a broad instrumentation and a wide sound palette. A strong rhythm foundation is present in most songs, combined with melancholic atmospheres and moody textures, as well as frantic guitars from time to time. Main influences are Radiohead, Interpol and The National.
The War Is Ending is planned to be released later this year (2019).