Luna, the New York-based quartet, were last seen on stage in February 2005. In 2015 they will play their first shows in ten years.
Luna recorded 8 studio albums between 1992 and 2005. The current touring lineup is the exact ’99-’05 group that recorded Luna Live!, Romantica, Close Cover Before Striking, and Rendezvous: Dean Wareham and Sean Eden on guitar, Lee Wall on drums, and Britta Phillips on bass.
At their best, it’s hard to believe there is any other kind of music besides this simple, graceful, chiming chug — the Guardian
One of indie rocks’ most beloved live acts — Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone
Dean Wareham has an unlikely quiver of a voice that, for whatever ungodly reason, sounds as if he’s survived something his music alludes to but never gives away — Jerry Stahl
A handful of records and songs that will accompany me forever – Ignacio Julia
1992. Dean Wareham, after leaving Galaxie 500, recruits Justin Harwood (ex-Chills) on bass and Stanley Demeski (ex-Feelies) on drums to record Lunapark for Elektra Records. After completing the album, the band adds Sean Eden on guitar. Eden first appears on the Indian Summer EP (aka the Slide EP).
1993. The band records their second album, Bewitched, featuring Sterling Morrison of the Velvet Underground on guitar on two tracks.
1995 Luna’s classic third album, Penthouse (1995) is recorded in New York City, featuring guests Tom Verlaine (Television) and Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab). The band signs to Beggar’s Banquet in Europe.
1997 Lee Wall replaces the travel-weary Stanley Demeski on drums, and the band records Pup Tent, their fourth album for Elektra.
1998 Luna recorded their fifth album The Days of Our Nights, produced by Paul Kimble (Grant Lee Buffalo).
1999 Justin Harwood moves back to his home country (New Zealand), and is replaced on bass by Britta Phillips.
2000 finding themselves between contracts, the band quickly records a live album — Luna Live! for the Arena Rock label.
2002 the band sign to Jetset Records, record Romantica, co-produced by Gene Holder (DB’s) and Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev). Romantica was followed by the mini-LP Close Cover Before Striking.
2004 Luna record their final album, Rendezvous, in Brooklyn, NY. Produced by Bryce Goggin with minimal overdubs, it captures the band more-or-less live.
2005 February 28 the band play their last shows at New York’s Bowery Ballroom.
Videos & Press
[Delusions of Adequacy] Having disbanded amicably albeit somewhat wearily in 2005 soon after delivering the still satisfyingly rich and rounded Rendezvous LP it was perhaps inevitable – in this age where few acts can stay apart forever unless deterred by death or deathless animosity – that Luna would eventually reform in some capacity. Having remained […]
[NPR] By Ike Sriskandarajah I was 12 years old when my older brother came home from college with a couple of Luna CDs, and they became my first favorite band. Ever since, Luna’s bittersweet tunes have become the soundtrack for all of our reunions. Recently, the band announced its own reunion — including performing shows […]
[The Village Voice] By Ryan Bray The details of Dean Wareham’s last American tour stop with Luna still linger in the singer’s memory. More than a decade after the acclaimed dream-pop outfit walked offstage together for the last time, Wareham remembers the cab waiting for him outside of the Bowery Ballroom and the thick layers […]