Kenzie Ryan (vocals/guitar), Eric Morgan (guitar), Diego Vilasmil (bass) and Michael Neumaier (drums) are Hello Luna. The project started off as a solo venture from Ryan but after meeting Neumaier things quickly moved to a full-fledged band. Even though the band has only been around for about a year the band members have a good amount of experience from other projects and you can hear that on their five-song EP entitled Ghost Of You.
It doesn’t take long for you to notice that the band has chemistry and talent. The band just sounds put together. They play in the pocket, know the dynamics of a rock band and each member brings something to the table. They play pretty straightforward alternative rock and this is arguably the only quibble I have.
I wouldn’t have minded a little more experimentation here and there but maybe we will hear some more of that on their second effort. On their Bandcamp page they tag one of their styles as shoegaze but I can’t say I found much in common with notable shoegaze acts like Slowdive or My Bloody Valentine for a number of aesthetic reasons.
I have to admit I’m a bit picky when it comes to female singers in rock bands. Ryan’s vocal delivery fits the bill, She can be aggressive, powerful and dynamic. I also thought her vocals could work for straightforward pop music. You will have no problem hearing her vocals or any other instrument for that matter thanks to the stellar production.
The band did a great job making an EP that felt cohesive. It flows from beginning to end and each song was strong. They open with “Sound and Sorrow” which starts with guitar and vocals. As soon as I heard the cymbals shimmer I had a feeling I wouldn't have to wait too long to hear the band rock out. Once they put the pedal down they keep that intensity up for awhile and eventually simmered down for the last minute of the song.
Suffice it to say if you enjoyed the opening track you will want to keep listening. The band delivers palatable melodies on “Empathy” while “Underwater” is single worthy with a notable chorus you could imagine hearing on the radio. “Tell Me” was a personal favorite which reminded me of some of my favorite ’90s alternative bands. They close with the slightly nostalgic and reflective “Half Asleep.”
Hello Luna is off to a great start with this five-song EP and I would surmise that they are just getting the ball rolling. Keeps your ears on this band.
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