Bandwagon Review of Into the Ether EP Release Show
Bandwagon has published its review of the EP launch show. You can read it here.
Some extracts here:
Lunarin has always been poised on a balance between earthiness and ethereality. Amidst a voluptuous swell of serrated guitar, galloping bass and sledgehammer drums, Linda sounds like she’s cooing a hole into the stratosphere. Live, that dynamic is spellbinding to behold. Celestial pop with the force of a battle-axe – that was given to an eagerly arms-outstretched audience.
With an established band, there’s always the prominence of legacy that has to be acknowledged. Lunarin’s performance was as much a nod to its past as it was a stock-taking of its present. That’s why the older songs were rapturously received. Listening to ‘Zero Point Red’and ‘Coralline’ in 2019 is surreal. Even though everything’s changed and it seems that we now stand under a different solar system, the stirring power of those songs prevailed, just like the band’s collective ability to summon it.
Rock music’s most common veneer is the communal ecstasy, lighter-waving splendour and ease with which its sources lend themselves to deification. But it wasn’t like that with Lunarin. How do/can you do that with a band which cannot be bothered less with that type of validation? How can you worship a band whose music’s foundational aim is to affirm the human element in the abstraction that is humanity?
Taking in the discography-spanning thrall of new gems such as ‘Bruises’ and ‘Rage’, as well as name-making ones like ‘The Chrysalis’and ‘Right of Sleep’, produced a different emotional valence than pounding beers and “rocking out” normally does. There was a catharsis here – but it was not hollow or merely sensual. After all, the proceeds of the show were channeled to the homegrown charity, Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME).
We are very overwhelmed. Thank you.