EP Review: Luna Rosa – Luna Rosa

Luna Rosa

luna rosa epReleased November 7th 2015

Words: Siôn Ford

Their name sounds pleasant enough, encouraging you down the misleading path of thinking Luna Rosa – translation “Pink Moon” – will be some nice-enough band; the truth is quite the opposite. Hailing from Corby in Northamptonshire, the group actually specialise in a blue collar noise rock that makes for a refreshing listen from a young British rock group.

Evading the confines of any particular branch of the rock category, they skit in between and make themselves all the more interesting for it – there’s glimpses of a blues influence, punk notes and a touch of influence from the late nineties. One of the best qualities to this EP is the rawness in the production: it sounds like something they’ve only just finished working on (whether or not that’s the case, I don’t know) a few days ago, and that rough energy comes across loud and clear. Case and point is the impassioned bursting vocals in the opening track Fever, as the lyrics are basically shouted at you.

While they don’t really sound too much like them, they remind me a bit of an early Arctic Monkeys with their real world wordplay on tracks like Spread My Ashes Anywhere, demonstrating the beauty in the cynicism of a disenchanted British youth. It’s a theme that most of us have probably felt at one time or another growing up, that dissatisfaction with where you’ve grown up and how it’s let you and your dreams down. Couple that with the over-distorted guitars and immersive drums that blur into each other, this song is a fine example of what this band are capable of.

A nice touch is the acoustic track Coming Up, a song that already sounds like it will be the fan favourite come the time they’re playing to crowds in bigger venues than the pubs and clubs they’re currently playing in. With vocals that are reminiscent of Doherty, it’s a short but sweet number that floats on by.

This is one of the best times to find a new band, when they’re right at the start and have just released a record that is the sum of their parts at this early stage, before they get into a studio and lose the fire of their sound in refining production.

Aura In Bloom is perhaps one of the best examples of this, owing to its slightly chaotic sound with the slides up the guitar all too evident in the sound before someone kicks the shit out of their distortion pedal. It’s authentic, it’s right in your face, it’s probably not too far off their live sound. Moreover, it’s pretty fucking good.



One Response to “EP Review: Luna Rosa – Luna Rosa”
  1. This music makes me release all my inhabitation’s and dance like a free spirit (nutter)


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