American indie rock band Lo Moon have released their new single, The dream never dies, and perform in support of The War on Drugs at The 3Arena in Dublin on April 14, 2022. We asked frontman Matt Lowell the big questions. . .
Lo Moon was formed in LA and is made up of New Yorker Lowell, Crisanta Baker (guitar, bass, keyboards) from Denver, Sam Stewart (guitar) from London and Sterling Laws (drums) from Seattle.
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Their self-titled debut album in 2018 echoed the work of Talk Talk, Roxy Music, early Coldplay and Sigur Ros and won accolades from NPR, The New York Times, Billboard, Vice, NME, The Sunday Times, DIY and much more.
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Speaking on the band’s new single, Matt says, “As I got older I became more and more nostalgic for my youth. I had a lot less anxiety back then, I wasn’t afraid of losing the people the most. closer to me or have to face life’s biggest questions.
“Hope and optimism were just a little easier back then. I work hard not to let the intricacies of life suck hope from me. This song, at the very least, is a reminder of do my best and don’t let this happen. “
Tell us three things about yourself?
Morning is my favorite time of the day. Coffee and a novel are all I need. I’m pretty superstitious when it comes to numbers. For example, if I get a touring hotel room number that I don’t sign in with, it’s pretty much guaranteed that I’ll change rooms. You might be surprised to know that I love the Grateful Dead; you might not guess by listening to Lo Moon.
How would you describe your music?
I would describe our music as an oceanic feeling. It’s a difficult feeling to define but it has always been a reference phrase for us when describing our music. The expression comes from a letter from 1927 that Romain Rolland wrote to Sigmund Freud referring to “a feeling of eternity”, and a “feeling of being one with the world”. We strive to capture this “sentiment” in our records. We always want it to look like something that we hope can be considered timeless or classic. I think all you can hope for when making art is a real connection with the work and that it could stand the test of time. So I know we always felt like something was done when we all agreed to achieve that oceanic feeling.
What are your musical inspirations?
There are so many! We are obviously all huge Radiohead fans. They have always done it in their own way. When we started recording our new album, we were listening to a lot of U2 songs. Achtung baby. I don’t think you can properly make a group album without knowing the Eno and Lanois records. They changed the course of record production for bands, and we have a huge reverence for ambition in all of their records. Of course, bands like The Blue Nile, Prefab Sprout, and Talk Talk are endless inspiration. Mark Hollis’ approach to space and emotion is something I will never stop exploring and learning. Obviously growing up on the east coast of the United States, Bruce Springsteen is in my DNA. It feels and sounds like home, lyrically, it has always been a huge touchstone. I think right now Tyler The Creator is so important to the music, maybe the most important artist out there. He’s constantly pushing his sound, his approach, and I don’t know what other artist takes so many risks on all creative levels as he does. It is not even the tip of the iceberg.
What’s the first gig you went to and the first record you bought / downloaded?
The first gig I went to was Billy Joel at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island NY, where I grew up. My grandparents took me. We had seats on the floor and this guy was smoking a joint in front of us. I must have been 9 or 10 years old and I will never forget my grandfather patting him on the shoulder and threatening to turn him off. I think the first record I bought was Evil empire by Rage against the machine. Or did I upload it to Napster?
What’s your favorite song right now?
I don’t live here anymore by The War on Drugs.
Favorite lyrics of all time?
Got way too many, but here’s one: “Surged out of cages on Highway 9, Chrome wheeled, fuel injected and go over the line, Oh baby this town is ripping the bones out of your back, that’s a death trap, it’s a suicide rap, we gotta get out while we’re young, cause bums like us, baby we were born to run “- Born to run by Bruce Springsteen.
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I think it should be a piece of music like Music for airports by Brian Eno. It moves me in different ways depending on my mood and changes with each listening. It is so deeply deep, elegant and simple at the same time. It’s a piece of music that I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of, and it’s important if I only have one song. I want to listen to something that I will continue to discover.
Where can people find your music / more information?
Wherever you stream music (Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, etc.) and on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @lomoon.