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INTERVIEW: The Lunas

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Great, thanks for asking! We’ve been busy working hard on our live set to gear up for some shows this spring/summer. We have a lot of new songs in the arsenal and most of our sets are only 45 minutes so we’re having to be a lot more choosy now then when we first started.

Can you talk to us more about your new single “Until I’m Dead”?

I started writing this song on our first cross Canada tour and finished it shortly after. I was trying to write songs that were a bit unique in sound/arrangement because I could tell the band was digging new songs more in that vain opposed to the singer/songwriter stuff I’d been writing on my own in the past, and this song kind of kick started that process.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

I read the book “Shantaram” by Gregory David Roberts which is undoubtedly my favourite book and it kind of inspired this song. It’s a story that centres around the protagonists internal struggle with himself. He’s a crafty guy but no matter where he goes he has to fight his addictions, his longing for love, and ultimately his career path in life.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yep! We finished a music video for this song that’ll come out shortly. We tried to showcase the struggle a young person may go through when it comes to finding a path for themselves in an ever confusing world. Should you take a conventional route and go to school, work in a company, and hope to advance? or do you roll the dice and take a chance on something you may be passionate about, even though there’s no certainty of financial success. What if your parents disapprove? What if your told it’s not a good idea? What do you do then? The goal was to showcase the different struggles people in our age range might encounter.

The single comes off your new album A Curious Life – what’s the story behind the title?

Just as it reads, life is damn curious. You never know what’s going to happen at any point in time and that’s something that’s always perplexed me. A few examples are someone working their entire life at their sport and then all of a sudden being diagnosed with an illness that puts them in a wheelchair, now their life is completely different. I played hockey with someone who that literally happened to – who could predict that? It could also be something macro like the financial crises of 08 where suddenly people are foreclosing on their homes and forced to live in a tent, or it could be something as simple as getting your morning coffee and randomly bumping into your future wife. It’s this concept that defines “A Curious Life” to me, and something I can’t help but keep coming back to.

How was the recording and writing process?

Very separate I suppose! haha. Writing happens when it happens, we didn’t sit down with the intention of making this EP. It’s more of a collection of songs we’d been playing live and with our Producer’s input we chose what we collectively thought were the strongest songs. It’s always subjective so who knows, maybe we picked the wrong ones, but we’re proud of the job we did regardless!! This was our first time recording professionally and it was such a great experience. I’d recently finished school at Nimbus School of Music Recording and had learned the inner workings of professional albums. Dean Maher was my engineering teacher and I couldn’t believe how much of a pro he was, it was intimidating to be honest! It was that slight intimidation factor that made me want to work more closely with him – I knew he would do a great job. The way he understands sound is incredible. The guitar tones, drum tones, everything, it was all such a great learning experience and I wouldn’t change it for the world. We recorded at Tommy Mac of Hedley’s studio called The Beat Lab in Langley BC. Its a great studio with more gear and equipment than you can imagine.

Is the curious life you are singing about are based on someone in particular? Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

The song “Curious Life” was written after I’d been accepted to Nimbus. You had to write a little essay about yourself and I’m always been long winded so I decided to write my life story when I probably didn’t need to do that! When I got accepted and decided I was going back to school for something totally new to me, that’s when Curious Life was written, because I could have never in my life predicted I’d want to go back to school, for audio engineering none the less. That kick started what “Curious Life” means – the randomness, the unknown, the unexpectedness of life that we all inevitably have in common.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yep! We’re planning some shows right now for May/June. We’ll tour around BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan in the next few months. We’ll also plan to tour again in the fall.

What else is happening next in The Lunas’ world?

Songs, songs, and more songs! We just recorded 15 new demos and have a bunch more to go through the same process. We’ll record our first full length sometime in the next 6 months. I’m hoping to go into that process with 30+ songs so we can make a great first album. Recording the EP taught us a lot about the process of recording/releasing so we’ll have a much better idea of a game plan the second time around. One thing people might not understand about being in an independent band is it’s truly a full time job, you just have to be willing to work it for free! Writing, recording, creating websites, promoting yourselves, preparing live shows, all the behind the scenes stuff, it’s incredibly time consuming if you want to do it at a high level. The first time through it’s all just a learning experience. Now that we have that experience under our belt I’m excited to navigate it with more knowledge this next time.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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