Shepherd Moons, previously known as Satyricon, was founded in 1974 by bass player and songwriter H.W. Gade. From the beginning, the band was designed to play blues, rock'n'roll and ballads with an intellectual perspective, mixing traditional style elements with sharp lyrics and deliberate cracks in the stylistic surface. The songs have a distinct sound of their own, ironic, desperate and painful as they often are. The happy rock'n'roll is combined with modern classical music traits like odd rhythms and strange chords. It's an original style with a seemingly simple form, carrying complex messages and provoking lyrics. The style and spirit of the songs are close to the music of bands like the Who, Nirvana, Chuck Berry and R.E.M.