Gone on six years now the garage hounds and I have been howlin' the praises of Francie Moon, way aback then we knew her as Melissa Lucciola, a prolific powerhouse of DIY output that featured her edgy distinct voice and slam it to the bedroom wall guitar playing set to heartfelt emotional lyrics that could soar with the best of classic and contemporary poets. She was our Jackie Kerouac, our 21st Patty Smith packed in a petite frame and shyly distant from us ordinary folk, but with a smile to light the haziest dark corners of a venue. Like an aspiring troubadour wittingly or unwittingly must do. Melissa assumed the moniker Francie Moon and took to the road, the country roads, the forgotten roads, the Red Cloud Road and back again to record the dust, dirt and the quilt of America she was weaving and coming to understand herself. It's in her songs, the journey, the growth, the hard lessons learned and shared with us through her undaunted spirit. A moon spirit of many phases. Six years the hounds and I have rocked by the fireside checking our google alerts, where she's playing, the adventures she's having, a song she's posted and now our great hope is showing signs of shining as publications of record and taste makers are taking notice. There's a Moon on the rise and the hounds wagging their tails and howlin' at the moon..
Self-titled EP, releases on September 23rd.
Elmore Magazine on August 29th ran this headline:
Francie Moon Mixes up a Brew of Garage Rock and Surf Pop For “Walked Away”
"The phrase DIY gets thrown with eye roll inducing frequency these days, ringing less of a counter-cultural, damn-the-man aesthetic and more of a com-modified punch line. But for New Jersey based singer/songwriter Melissa Lucciola, who performs under the moniker Francie Moon, DIY is alive and well– not only a way of life, but as the only way- for now- that she can devote her life to doing what she loves. “I set up my life around music,” the young artist confesses. In order to spread her work to cafes, coffee shops, bars and back porches across the country, she’s shared rides with strangers, hopped trains, hiked and hawked items to save up for a van of her own. She’s made albums and t-shirts by hand and moved her own merch, making friends and music all along the way. As Moon continues to work on a full length debut and build her catalog of songs, she’s getting set to release an EP, Francie Moon, on September 23rd."
On September 7th American Songwriter followed with:
Song Premiere: Francie Moon, “West Virginia”
"We’re excited to hear prolific, bluesy garage rocker Francie Moon’s latest EP, which she’s set to self-release September 23, but even more excited to premiere one of its tracks, “West Virginia”. It’s a slinky, groovy tune that drips with fuzziness."
On September 14th Baeble posted
BAEBLE FIRST PLAY: 'Red Cloud Road' by Francie Moon
"garage-rocker and singer-songwriter, Francie Moon. Recorded at Crud Studios and the Land Bridge Records/Rigbi home base in NJ, Francie Moon, AKA Melissa Lucciola, produced the song herself along with Richie Samartin, Jon Irizarry, and Richie Samartin. She encompasses everything that makes her an inspirational woman: attitude, depth, dirt, grit, coolness, and grace. The track is calm with a retro vibe, reverb-packed vocals, jangling guitars, clashing drums, and even a thumb piano at the very end. Francie Moon's ability to make you feel like you're floating in the air is hypnotic."