Byron was replaced by Stanley Demeski (ex of the Feelies), and
this lineup (Dean, Justin and Stanley) recorded the first album,
Lunapark. The record was produced by Fred Maher (former drummer
with Richard Hell and the Voidoids and Lou Reed) and recorded
at RPM Studios in New York.
Upon completion of Lunapark, an ad was placed in the Village
Voice seeking a permanent guitar player, and Sean Eden was recruited.
Sean had come to New York to pursue an acting career after studying
at North Carolina School of the Arts.
recordings as a quartet were the covers for the Slide EP: Ride
Into the Sun, That’s What You Always Say, Indian
Summer, and the Christmas single Egg Nog. These recordings were
produced by the band and recorded at Mixolydian Studios in Boonton,
Luna toured the United States in the fall of 1992 and spring
of 1993 opening for The Screaming Trees and the Sundays respectively,
and landed the bizarre job of opening for the Velvet Underground
on their European tour that summer.
Bewitched was recorded in the fall of 1993, co-produced by Victor
Van Vugt, and recorded in New York at Right Track and RPM over
a period of six weeks. Sterling Morrison of the VU came to New
York and played guitar on two songs, Friendly Advice and Great
Jones Street. Bewitched was released in 1994.
Luna’s third album, Penthouse (1995), was recently deemed
one of the 150 best albums of the 90s by Rolling Stone magazine.
Most of the record was recorded by Mario Salvati at Sorcerer
Sound in New York. Penthouse features a secret hidden track which
is a duet with Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab and a cover version
of Serge Gainsbourg’s Bonnie and Clyde, and the record
also features Television guitarist Tom Verlaine on a couple of
tracks. The record was mixed, with some additional recording
and production by Pat McCarthy.
In 1997 Lee
Wall replaced Stanley Demeski on drums. Lee had in fact been
working at RPM making coffee and sweeping the supply
closet during the Penthouse sessions, and he (like Sean) had
attended North Carolina School of the Arts. His first assignment
was a short but hellish trip to Spain. Upon returning the band
recorded demos for the Pup Tent album. Pup Tent was recorded
over a period of 14 weeks at seven different studios, mostly
in New York but also including a three week stint in Cannon Falls,
MN in the dead of winter. It was painstakingly produced from
beginning to end by Pat McCarthy (R.E.M.’s current producer).
and December of 1998 LUNA recorded their fifth album, The Days
of Our Nights, produced by Paul Kimble at Sear Sound
and RPM studios in New York. After much discussion, the powers
at the Elektra Entertainment Group decided that they did not
want to release The Days of Our Nights. It was released on schedule
in Europe by Beggar’s Banquet, and the band were quickly
signed by the Jericho label in the U.S. The album was released
domestically in October,and went to Number One on the college
In December of 1999 Justin Harwood returned to New Zealand for
good. He was replaced on bass by Britta Phillips. The band recorded
their next album, Romantica, in 2001, with Gene Holder, at Jolly
Roger Studios in Hoboken. The album was mixed by Dave Fridmann
at Tarbox Road studios. Once the record was completed, Luna signed
with Jetset Records. For the Romantica tour, Luna added keyboard
player Lara Gray to the band, she has been performing with them
Romantica was followed by the mini-LP Close Cover Before Striking,
which features cover versions of songs by the Rolling Stones
and Kraftwerk, a handful of new Luna songs, and two video clips.
final album, Rendezvous (2004), was produced by Bryce Goggin
at his Trout Recording studio in Brooklyn. The band
played their very last shows at the Bowery Ballroom in New York
City, at the end of March, 2005.
see two new releases from Luna. One is a documentary about
the band’s final tour, directed by Matthew Buzzell,
and tentatively titled Tell Me Do You Miss Me. The DVD will be
released by Rhino DVD. Rhino will also release a single-disc
compilation of Luna’s greatest hits.