Interviews: Lunar Woods

This is a new interview with the Alternative Rock band Lunar Woods from Russia. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you plan it or came out just like that?

A: We wanted the band name to be as sharp and as multifaceted as our music. The name did not come out right away. We were building associative arrays and then excluding things we did not like. I think it took us around a year in total to coin the band name. Finally, we have the name perfectly reflective of the band’s spirit – there is wordplay, a romantic vibe, and something unique in it.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

A: We did not decide to play a particular genre – music decided for us. It was more difficult later to come up with a name for what we created. We play mid-tempo music. We have long-drawn-out grooves, lyrical music lines. Our songs are quite diverse, and in general, we love experimenting. Our music is a reflection of ourselves. And what a listener hears is a reflection of the listener. Therefore, they call us post-grunge, stoner, and even post-metal in various sources. However, we have never tended to fit the frames of these genres.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

A: We were acquainted but did not have strong relationships. It seems fair to say that playing in one band and common creative work made us close friends a while later. Today we do not just play in one band – we are really a team of very close people. And this is bound to influence our music.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

A: We all love Deftones, Tool, Slipknot, Gojira, and many other bands. Though in general, our music preferences are quite different. Some love heavier music, more progressive in terms of rhythm and experiments, and some like something more lyrical and melodic. Basically, we listen to everything from classical music to death metal which seems to be embodied in our sound.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

A: Life events inspire us to work on new material. Sometimes there is personal experience related to relationships, sometimes these are global world events.

6. Where was your last gig?

A: Due to pandemics, our last gigs took place in local venues of the city of Izhevsk. We cannot wait till borders open again, and we will be able again to gladden our listeners in Europe and America.

7. Where would you like to act?

A: Of course, we aim at concert venues in the EU countries. It would be great to go touring in the nearest time despite current events in the world. Besides, we have many listeners in these countries – we would like to be where our fans are. 

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

A: There are many bands like this. I think any common project gives an enormous and unique experience. I would list several bands like Queens of the Stone Age, Deftones, Elephant Tree, Fire Down Below, Monkey3, and many others. People are all different, but music usually unites us. I suppose we could have a great duo with representatives of totally various genres. Unexpected experiments are always awesome!

9. Who not?

A: We don’t have a principled stand regarding this point. I think if the music of some band finds a response inside, we will have a pleasure to take part in such a project. An exception can be banded with dubious reputations and radical views. It goes against us.

10. Have Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

A: I think any artist is in agitation before going on stage. And generally, this continues during their entire career. So, in some sense, experiencing agitation or fright before the gig is normal. And the only way to fight the fright is to give performances more often and to work on oneself, try to be one’s true self and try to find contact with one’s audience.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

A: I like it when a band's performances look like a party with its own special atmosphere. I like bands who make fascinating shows. I am personally greatly impressed by Gojira, Limp Bizkit, Tool, Aerosmith, Primus, and others.

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

A: We are often asked to write songs in our native language to understand better what our songs are about. I usually answer something like “we write the music first and then lyrics, so listen to music and draw your own images in your mind”.

13. What do you think of your fans?

A: Good guys. We need more of their kind.

14. What do you think of our site?

A: A great resource with modern design. We found many familiar underground bands. It is a very important mission to make a connection between the listener and the artist. Many webzines are suffering a decline today and compete actively with social networks. People often don’t want to read websites because they are “old-fashioned”. “Breathing the Core” is a great counter-example. You have a live product with good design, and technically fresh on top of that. We subscribed to your social networks!

15. Something to add?

A: The world today is full of insanity and pain. Recent years were trying times for all of mankind. We would like that every human finds harmony with himself. And as musicians, we are trying to broadcast it by means of our music. We find ourselves in music we love. And we would like our listeners to find themselves in the music of Lunar Woods. We have just released a new album “Pain No More”. This is a 70-minutes journey to your own inner world. Let there be less pain in this world. Pain No More!

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