Lunar only being together for the past 3 years, have released their debut EP "Provenance" which later lead to the release of their debut full-length album "Theogony" during the fall of this year. So with the recent releasing of their album, there is no telling as to what the band has planned next. Perhaps some shows in the later future or another album way down the line, only time will tell. Drummer Alex Bosso also of the band Helion Prime, does the talking this time around, disclosing the details about the releases, and some history into the band as a whole.
1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
Alex: Well the only true "members" of the band are myself and Ryan Erwin. We started this project together back in 2014 and quickly after that released our debut EP, "Provenance." We tried for awhile to recruit other members to make the band into a full lineup, but unfortunately it just didn't work out that way. He and I began writing on the material of "Theogony" almost immediately after we finished "Provenance." As time went on, we didn't want the process delayed any more than it already had been, so I started to recruit professional session and guest musicians to fill in the gaps and make the album as talented and diverse it could possibly be.
2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?
Alex: There isn't much of one. My favorite band in the world is Opeth. I once read that Opeth is the name of a lost city on the moon (I don't know if that's true or not, or if that's what they wanted it to mean... but I read it somewhere years ago). So given that Opeth gives me a great amount of influence and inspiration, I started to think of their band name and it made me think of other things related to the moon. My mind went to the word Lunar and I thought that was a great sounding name for the band. Simple as that.
3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
Alex: "Home base" for us would be the Sacramento, CA area. Given that we are a studio project, we don't get to play around at local shows. And I have so little free time, I make it out to way fewer local shows than I'd prefer. There's a local power metal band called Niviane that's pretty cool. And the guitarist of my other band, Helion Prime, has a local band called Dire Peril that's definitely worth checking out.
4. How would you describe your style?
Alex: I'd definitely categorize us as prog. It falls somewhere in between rock and metal with plenty of other influences thrown in throughout. I think the music is very diverse and I hope others do too.
5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?
Alex: As I mentioned before, we released our debut EP, "Provenance" back in 2014. And now we just released our debut full-length album, "Theogony" on November 10th through Divebomb Records. As for what to expect, I would almost prefer a listener go into it with no expectations and just hear it for themselves. However, I will say, anyone who's into diverse, proggy acts like Opeth, Tool, Ayreon, Haken or Porcupine Tree will likely dig what we're doing.
6. Do you have any new music in the works?
Alex: Well since we just released an album no. Not really anything new in the works right now. Haha! There will be a Lunar album #2 someday, but we'll see how this first album does first before moving onto that.
7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?
Alex: Unfortunately no. Lunar is just a studio project, so no live performances as of now. Hopefully someday that will change, but for now, just the album.
8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?
Alex: I don't like to think too much about the future. I have a more "let the cards fall where they may" attitude, I suppose. I have goals for the band. Like I said, I hope someday to be able to put together a complete, talented and reliable lineup to do shows and tours with. And there will definitely be a 2nd Lunar album someday. I don't know when that will be, but I plan on that happening. And I also have some hopes of guest musicians I could get to contribute to the next album. I'm working hard on the promotion of this album that just came out, so my mind is more in the present than the future right now.
9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
Alex: The album is available through all the popular digital media formats and you can hear the album and purchase physical and digital copies of it from lunarbandofficial.bandcamp.com.
10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?
Alex: I'd say to be open minded. Be ready to hear influence from a lot of different styles and genres of music. And I'd also say to give the full album a complete listen at least once. With there being a high amount of diversity in style on the album, I think even if people don't like some of the tracks, they may still enjoy others. Hopefully most people can find something they enjoy and appreciate on the album!