Lunar Sounds, a new grunge-tinted, alternative band from Leeds, have released their debut EP, The Void. Comprising of Anna Reed, Chesca Henderson-Cox and Caris Shekell, there has been comparison drawn to acts such as Sleater Kinney and The Raincoats, there is no fixed set-up to this band.
Caris spoke with The Fountain about what we can expect from the EP as well as retaining control over their sound.
TF: You’ve released an EP, how exciting, what can we expect from this record?
It’s very exciting! We’ve never really been described the same way twice – other than as being DIY, which we are – so it can be difficult to sell ourselves. From my point of view we’re always trying to write songs that are interesting, honest and relatable, but also catchy bangers.
TF: And I see you are supporting this release with somewhat of a promo tour, do you have any plans to play north of the border?
We’d nothing booked in yet for Scotland but I’d really love to play there soon. I grew up just south of the border in Carlisle (where we’re playing in October) and a lot of my friends have settled down in Edinburgh and Glasgow, so it’d be great to gig there – or any other city that’ll have us!
TF: How do you find the rotational as opposed to fixed set up?
I think it keeps us a little more creative. If you gave us all the same starting point for a song, we’d each take it in a completely different direction. So if it was always one of us working on the same instrument, taking that same instrument in the same direction, I think things could start to get pretty samey quite quickly. Also sometimes when you impose limitations on yourself, if forces you to think about how to do things differently.
TF: You have released this EP yourselves, are you on the hunt for a label, or do you prefer doing it this way?
At the moment we’re pretty happy doing it ourselves. It’s difficult in a sense, because when it comes to producing the music, promoting it and everything else, it could be a full time job in itself, so we don’t necessarily have as much time as we’d like to dedicate to it. But having that level of control is also quite important to us – whether we succeed or fail at something, at least it’s on our own terms.
TF: What has been your favourite gig to date, has there been a particular one that sticks in the memory?
I feel like every gig we play becomes my favourite to date, because we’ve only really been together as a band for a few months, we’re still at the point where we’re improving quickly and getting more relaxed about playing live. Our sweatiest gig to date was at The Wardrobe in Leeds when it was about 30 degrees and humid. Think we ended the set as actual puddles.
The Void was released on 14th September 2018.