“Alternative” is a pretty broad-spanning term, whether you’re talking about fashion, art or a genre of music. Genres are designed to specify categories so as to more easily discuss and understand music, but these days it’s really not that simple. In New Luna’s case, knowing whether to define yourself as grunge, post-punk, indie or dream-pop is a tough one. And, when your material spans all of these, “alternative” is probably the best way to go.
After multiple line up changes over the last year, the Manchester quartet recently released their debut single ‘TrafficLightCyclopsDisco’ with a brilliant accompanying video. This track delves into the grunge influences and ideas in New Luna’s back pocket. A killer guitar riff and complimenting bass-line start off this electrifying track, which continues throughout as shots of city roads at night flash by.
Luckily for me, I got to catch New Luna’s first ever headline show last week. The basement in Fallowfield’s Koh Tao bar is packed out after similarly brilliant set from local band The Chadelics. New Luna have intuitively excellent melodies; the bass and guitar flawlessly bounce off each other before coming together as though it’s natural instinct. Tommy Deedigan’s vocals are clear cut, there’s no mumbling or messing about. ‘Omission’ hears him sing strongly “I’ll never go, never go, never know, never know”, eyes closed to shut out the world. New Luna are here to be taken seriously, finishing on a slow builder ‘Falling Apart’ that is their own ‘Spanish Sahara’.
A band not afraid to take risks, 2016 looks to be an exciting year for New Luna.