The Live Agency and Rednyne Productions Presents The Lunas with special guests Coustic Sodapop and Ampletude.
With a focus on melody, dynamic rhythms and a playful energy, Vancouver-based indie-pop group, The Lunas, are arriving on the scene with songs bound to get stuck in listeners heads. Youll hear influences from The Strokes, Arkells, and The Lumineers from founder and songwriter, James Priestner.
Priestners writing roots began while playing goal for the Prince George Cougars of the WHL. Not the typical pastime for an athlete, but travelling across the country as a teenager provided plenty of inspiration for songs.
Most of my friends were living normal high school lives and I was playing in front of as many as 15,000 fans. I had a lot of great, some average, and many bizarre experiences to pull from.
After a rollercoaster ride of a hockey career, he moved to Vancouver to start a music career. He quickly met drummer Ian Cardona and the two immediately found chemistry when they realized they owned four of the same pairs of pants.
They eventually relocated to Priestners hometown of Edmonton, AB. This is where The Lunas took off. While in Alberta, the band opened up for artists such as Owls By Nature, Mobina Galore, Hunting, and Omar Khan.
Now it was time to record. They sought out producer and multi-instrumentalist, Andy Schichter. In addition to keeping up with Priestners vast hockey knowledge, Andy had an impressive repertoire working with some of the Vancouvers top indie bands as well as other prolific artists such as The Decemberists and Beth Orton. He was invited to join the band on bass, and gladly accepted the invitation.
Schichter brought along fellow bandmate, Karen Hefford, on keyboards and backing vocals. Besides her obvious talent, she also made The Lunas much better looking.
The Lunas have recently completed their debut LP, which will be available in the summer of 2015.
Were passionate people, says Priestner, We want to get out there and play for as many people as possible.