Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Alex Bosson of Lunar.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
BOSSON: LUNAR is a progressive metal project. Home base I consider to be where I am in Sacramento, CA, but really our members are spread out all around. We’ve been around since 2013. We’ve gone through lots of struggles with line up changes from the get go, between not being able to find dedicated members and then Ryan Erwin (guitarist and co-founder of the band) passed away in 2018. But we’ve got a pretty solid lineup now and just continue to move forward and progress. We have an EP and 2 full-length albums out now and are currently working on our third album, hoping to release sometime in 2021.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
BOSSON: Biggest influences I think would be acts like Opeth, Tool, Haken, Steven Wilson / Porcupine Tree. However being a “prog” band I like to think that myself and all the members take influence from anything we listen to. We all have a pretty wide range of stuff we listen to and it’s not just rock and metal. We enjoy things like pop and jazz and stuff as well and like to let all those influences come through in our writing, I think.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
BOSSON: The latest release is our 2nd full-length album entitled “Eidolon.” I wrote this album after Ryan (Erwin) passed away. I was dealing with the struggles not only of losing the only other full member of Lunar (at the time), but also one of my closest friends, as Ryan and I had known each other for most of our lives. The album deals with the stages of grief from the perspective of those left behind when a loved one dies. I think it’s an album that a lot of people can relate to, in that sense. And from the music side of it; I think it showcases a lot of the different influences I mentioned before and some incredible performances from everyone involved. And for the fans of progressive metal, they can hear some incredible guest appearances of members of Haken, Thank You Scientist, Fallujah, Caligula’s Horse, Unleash The Archers and Leprous!
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
BOSSON: Well we haven’t been able to play live at all yet. It’s pretty difficult to try and fund a US tour and not put yourselves thousands of dollars in debt. And with the fact that we’ve only recently gotten a full core lineup and the members living in different areas of the country, it, unfortunately, just hasn’t been a feasible option up to this point for us to do live performances.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
BOSSON: My biggest hope in these next 5 years is that we will be able to tour. I know there are people around the world that would love to see us play live, and I would really love to do it with this band, so we’ll work hard to try and make that happen. And aside from that, really I hope we just continue doing what we’re doing. I hope we continue to write music that we can all be proud of and hopefully more and more people will discover and enjoy it.