Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
The band is called LUNAR. It was formed in 2014 by myself (Alex Bosson) and Ryan Erwin. He and I have been friends since childhood and have a shared interest in progressive music. In 2014 he and I, along with keyboardist Danny Stevenson, put out the first EP entitled “Provenance.” After that we continued on as the only 2 real core members of the band and wrote “Theogony,” which came out in 2017.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
The style is a blend of progressive rock and metal. There have been tons of bands that have influenced the sounds, but I think the main ones you’ll hear are Opeth, Tool, Steven Wilson, Haken and Ayreon.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
Honestly I don’t think it’s just metalheads that should buy the album. I think any fans of music should check it out. Many of the roots are in metal, but there are many other styles you’ll hear influenced in different parts of the album. There’s some flamenco guitars, some French horns, some saxophone, some violins. I think fans of music in general, and especially fans of progressive metal, will find some stuff they enjoy and hopefully will find it unique.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
The first EP, “Provenance,” was self-released. The physical releases have been sold out, but it’s still available digitally. The debut full-length album, “Theogony,” was released in November of 2017 through Divebomb Records. It’s available in CD, cassette, digital download and will soon be released on a limited edition vinyl! “Theogony” has been very well received by the public and media. There has been wonderful fan response, and the media reviews have all been very positive. It was even named #23 on the “Best Albums of 2017” list by Prog-Sphere!
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
This band is just a studio project. All the material was written by Ryan Erwin and myself, but there are almost 20 musicians that appear on “Theogony” in total. Because of the lengthy list of guest musicians, it’s not something that I’ve been able to apply to a live setting yet. Hopefully that will change someday in the future, but, for now, it will just remain a studio project.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
I think people should be interested in the band due to the unique nature of the project. I think having such a progressive style of music with so many guest musicians contributing, it offers a unique sound with something many different fans of music can find something they enjoy out of.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
Because this band is a studio project, the immediate plans would be for album number 2. I’m currently working on a few other projects myself, including a tour with Dire Peril and finishing work on the sophomore album with my other band, Helion Prime (AFM Records). Once I finish with those projects, I plan to start working with Ryan on writing the sophomore Lunar album. And, as I mentioned before, soon we will be releasing “Theogony” on a limited edition vinyl!
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
The band can be heard on all the normal digital media platforms, including Youtube and Spotify, and music and merch can be purchased from Divebomb Records and at lunarbandofficial.bandcamp.com