Seventeen years after their only Australian tour and eleven years since they broke up, indie rockers Luna return to our shores this September.
In their initial 13 year run, Luna honed a moody, introspective sound that owed a debt to influences like the Velvet Underground, for whom they opened up on a European reunion tour, and Television, whose Tom Verlaine made a guest appearance on their 1995 album Penthouse.
The news of the group's recent reunion comes almost exactly 10 years to the day after the release of the group's final album, Rendezvous. The group, which Dean Wareham formed in the early Nineties after the demise of dream rockers Galaxie 500, announced its breakup about a week before the record came out. The group played its final gig in February 2005.
After the group's breakup, Wareham and the band's bassist, Britta Phillips, put out three albums and toured. The couple married around the time they recorded their Back Numbers record, which came out in 2007. Dean and Britta have continued to tour (including a recent trip to Australia) and, most recently, Wareham put out a self-titled solo album, which My Morning Jacket's Jim James produced and featured Phillips in the band, this past April.
Luna recorded 8 studio albums between 1992 and 2005. The current touring lineup is the exact ’99-’05 group that recorded Luna Live!, Romantica, Close Cover Before Striking, and Rendezvous: Dean Wareham and Sean Eden on guitar, Lee Wall on drums, and Britta Phillips on bass.