The story of Lo Moon has already been through the wringer of the music business. The band released their debut single “Loveless” in 2016 and did 70 shows before the next single was released. Columbia Records had snapped them up and then the label decided to hold back on new music. The group would eventually release its debut, self-titled album in 2018, though the label dropped them during the final stages of the recording of their new album A Modern Life.
The band just completed a run of European dates opening for The War On Drugs and will headline Petit Campus in Montreal on May 27.
Montreal Rocks caught up with frontman Matt Lowell to chat about the new album, how the songs bloom in a live environment and some of the music that’s inspired him along the way.
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Known for delivering enticing and atmospheric soundscapes comprising ethereal guitar work, yearning lyrics, and resonant synths, Lo Moon are an alternative pop/rock outfit based in Los Angeles, California. Made up of frontman Matt Lowell (guitar/vocals), Crisanta Baker (synth/bass/samples), Sam Stewart (guitar), and Sterling Laws (drums), Loveless began to garner widespread attention and praise from the likes of Pharrell Williams on Beats 1 Music and the Temper Trap frontman Dougy Mandagi. Many also began to draw comparisons to fellow atmospheric acts with weighted songwriting under their belt — from the xx and Massive Attack to the Cocteau Twins and Talk Talk.
During the “hibernation period,” after the first single was released, Lo Moon‘s was eventually passed on to producer and former Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla. Impressed with the layered sound palette and the band’s approach to the writing process, Walla went on to help produce their debut album after they signed with Columbia. Activity was also rife outside of the studio, with the ensemble going on to open for The Temper Trap, Muna, and The Lemon Twigs, both in the U.S. and overseas.
The band returned in 2021 with the single “Dream Never Dies,” which made the Top 40 of the AAA chart. Lo Moon’s second album, A Modern Life, appeared on Strngr Recordings in 2022. The band described the album as being about survival, and the struggle to find an identity.
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