Chicago transplants originally from Portland, the guys of Mooner serve up purposeful, guitar-driven power-pop. Their rootsy rock harkens back to Tom Petty and early Wilco records, while their lyrics examine the downside to living in a society rife with distracting screens — phone, computer, television and otherwise.

Check out Mooner for yourself by downloading today’s free MP3, ‘Making Americans.’ Together, singer-songwriter Lee Ketch, drummer Adam Bonich, bassist Taylor Briggs and keyboardist Steve Slagg create Americana that is at once catchy and contemplative, and they call it “power-pop for the 21st century.”

Discussing the purpose behind their music, the band tells their “relentless double-guitar attack and deceptively simple songwriting bear aloft the joys and pains of love, television, politics and other detritus of modern American life.”

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