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The Moons

Speaking to Bradley Wiggins shortly after his history-making wins at the 2012 Tour de France and the London Olympics, we asked the cycling champion whether there had been a soundtrack behind his incredible summer of successes. A preview of The Moons second album Fables of History had been brought along to the Tour by Team Sky photographer Scott Mitchell, who had recently worked with the band. Bradley recalls travelling back to the team hotel and listening the album, saying: "songs like English Summer and Jennifer became a bit of a soundtrack for the third week of the Tour for us, as well as the Olympics".

We caught up with Andy Crofts, vocalist and guitarist with The Moons to talk music, influences and what's up next for the band.

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How did The Moons get together as a group?

The Moons originally started as a solo project. I'd worked on many demos, so I decided to go into a studio and record a collection of the best songs I had at the time. I soon got lots of good feedback and decided to get a band together from there. The spirit of The Moons as a band is very free: we have musicians and friends who have been involved over different periods of time and we like that way of doing things. I write all of the songs, so I keep a lunar thread through it all.  

Who are your key influences?
Throughout my life I have collected many influences that have had a vital impact on me both musically and mentally. For instance, I love record producer Joe Meek and all of his ground breaking techniques in recording and the mighty sound of Motown. In fact, it was my obsession with Meek and space sounds that started The Moons. Some of the artists that I rate are David Bowie, The Zombies, The Buzzcocks, the Clash, Air, Hooded Fang, The Specials, The Beach boys, The Kinks, Bob Marley, The Bees and Tame Impala. Ekseption, Beatles, Count five; you get the vibe. The list goes on...
 
What’s been your most memorable show to date?
One show that always springs to mind for me was at the Indra Club in Hamburg, Germany, last April. It was our bass player Ben's birthday so we were all in good spirits. It was just a great show with a great crowd - for some reason it's stuck in my head as a favourite. Let's not forget that Indra was also the first place in Hamburg that The Beatles played!
  
Bradley Wiggins mentioned you as one of the main groups he listened to during his 2012 Tour de France race – how does that feel?
To be honest it's an honour. To know that I write these songs at home on my bed or couch and then they go on to inspire and influence people is the greatest feeling. It makes me realise how important it is to keep writing. It really made my day when Bradley won the Tour de France and then I found out our album was one of his main records he listened to at the time. He's an English sporting hero, a fan of The Moons and my mate - I'm happy!
 
What do you think of Bradley's collection for Fred Perry?
Everything I've seen looks great. My favourite piece is the black champion tipped cycling shirt. That's the one I have - his cycling shirts are his main thing so it's nice to have one if the classic tops. 
 
What’s up next for The Moons?
We've just finished recording third album Mindwaves which is sounding amazing. It's probably my favourite album we've done. I'm happy with all of the songs and there's a lot of colours in the music. A release date is coming soon, but it should be summer time. We've also just announced a bunch of live dates for March and April which are now on sale at The Moons official website, with more dates coming soon.

www.themoons.co.uk

See the latest Bradley Wiggins Collection online and in shops now.

A 60 Second Guide To: Cycling Jerseys

Originally designed as a piece of performance wear, the humble cycling jersey has grown to represent over a century of stories and tales. 

The designs symbolise a moment in time - a particular team, a significant race, an epic battle, a sporting hero. Some jerseys become iconic and sought after pieces of memorabilia, earning themselves a place in the 'hall of design classics'.

Jersey design has continuously developed over the years, team sponsorship alongside technological advances in materials have both played a part in the evolution - however some features remain unchanged.

Contrast Panel Cycling Shirt - Bradley Wiggins AW13 Collection

Typically the back hem is scooped, to help keep the rider's back covered whilst bent over in racing position. The back of the shirt also features a combination of fastened and open pockets - it would be no good having them on the front of the body as the contents would fall out mid-ride. A long zip fastening to the front can be opened to allow for ventilation.  

The cuts are traditionally slim and long, helping to reduce air resistance and allowing the fabric to 'perform'; wicking the moisture it needs to sit close to the skin. Sponsors will use a combination of print, embroidery or applique to showcase their names - colours, panels and tipping combinations become synonymous with specific teams.

Contrast Sleeve Cycling Shirt - Bradley Wiggins AW13 Collection 
During the late 1950s, jerseys worn by road riding style icons such as Tom Simpson and Jacques Anquetil made their way from performance wear to streetwear. Slim fitting and full of continental allure, the designs held huge appeal for the jazz loving modernists of that time. The fact that many of the shirts were crafted in merino wool was an added bonus – the breathable fabric was perfect for keeping fresh after a spot of all night dancing. Designs from this period have long continued to be a mainstay of the mod casual wardrobe.

This season's Bradley Wiggins Collection characteristically references jerseys from the Golden Age of cycling. Elements of vintage shirts are explored and blended with signature Fred Perry details, twin tipping colours lifted into colour block panels, a champion inspired stripe knitted into cuffs. Bradley has been involved in each and every stage of the design process, bringing his own ideas, inspirations and style and in turn, each shirt in the collection comes to to tell a story. 

See this season's Bradley Wiggins Collection online and in shops now.

On Tour: Scott Mitchell Photography

Photographer Scott Mitchell met Bradley Wiggins back in 2010, with the pair hitting it off pretty much instantly due to their shared passion for scooters, Northern soul and a very particular style of haircut. Just six weeks before the start of the Tour de France, Scott received a Tweet from Bradley asking for his mobile number. His request?  “As it turned out, he wanted me to go along to the Tour and photograph what he goes through at the biggest cycling race in the world”. The much-photographed Bradley chose Scott as he wasn’t a sports photographer, and he wanted a new and fresh approach.

Scott has chosen a selection of shots from the past few months that capture some key moments from behind the scenes. His distinctive style has proved so popular that he’s now the official Team Sky photographer and his work can be seen through a series of galleries on their site, as well as on his own blog.

"The riders accent Le Tourmalet on stage 16 as I wait to shoot them at the summit." - Scott Mitchell

Bradley Wiggins by Scott Mitchell

On Tour - Bradley Wiggins by Scott Mitchell

On Tour - Bradley Wiggins by Scott Mitchell

Bradley Wiggins celebrates Tour de France win - Scott Mitchell

Scott's photographs following Bradley and the team's historic success at this year's Tour de France are still available to view on Team Sky's official site, with a possible book in the pipeline for later this year. In the meantime, he continues to shadow the team across various trips including the current Vuelta a Espana.

See more of Scott's work on his blog: ontourbradleywiggins.blogspot.co.uk and keep up to date with his latest galleries on the official Team Sky website.

All images © Scott Mitchell for Team Sky