Described by Rolling Stone Magazine as “the best Band you’ve never heard of” Luna emerged from the New York Indie/Dream Pop scene in 1991 and had a good, long run until 2005 when they decided it was time to call it quits.
A band with a great underground and word-of-mouth following, Luna was a band-to-watch from their first release Lunapark in 1992 via Elektra Records. But it wasn’t until their 3rd album, the pivotal Penthouse, released in 1995 that Rolling Stone declared it one of the essential albums of the 90s. But even though they were critically acclaimed and had a loyal underground following, they weren’t deemed a commercial success (by major label standards), and they were in for several bumpy patches, particularly in 1999 when Days Of Our Nights was dropped for release by Elektra who deemed it not commercially viable – and subsequently dropped the band. They continued on and issued Days Of Our Nights, as well as a live album, as well as Romantica and Rendezvous before finally calling it quits in 2005.
The good news is, Luna haven’t lost anything in the 10 years they’ve been away. Still one of the pivotal bands and still fresh as ever.
Luckily, Radio Nacional España’s Radio 3 broadcast the entire SOS 4.8 Festival from Murcia Spain this Spring, and Luna performed one of their initial reunion gigs at the Festival. It was recorded on May 1st of this year.
So if you’ve missed them, or haven’t heard they’ve put it back together and are currently touring (with U.S. dates to follow later on this Summer), have a listen to what you’ve been missing and what you will be hearing when they show up later on.
Excuse the rather chatty Radio 3 announcers – partly because I think they get really excited, but partly because they don’t want another station bootlegging the gig and running it as their own. Just a hunch.
But further evidence Music is universal and crosses all borders at all times.