Paul Nguyen (guitar), Randy Mitchell (guitar/vocals), Matt Lanzer (bass) and Brandon Napoleon (drums/vocals) are Lunar Division. The band from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma recently released their eponymous album Lunar Division.
They plays no frills rock that is easy to appreciate. The band mentions Influences that go all the way from Black Sabbath and Spoon to Arctic Monkeys and Ty Segall. All things considered those bands aren’t too far apart and fall under the umbrella of rock. You can hear this scattered influence throughout as the band dips into a number of sub-genres.
The album starts with “Good Evening” which is a short introduction to the band. It’s comprised of a heavy hitting rhythm section and distorted chords. It’s garage 101 type of stuff that is well implemented, fast and fun. They dive into a classic ’70s rock sound on ”Midnight Train.” It’s a catchy tune with a good amount of attitude that was easy to appreciate. “Places” is a solid song with circular guitar rhythm on the verse and hard-hitting drums.
One of the highlights was “Frequency.” The song is a bit chaotic in a good way and displays a versatile vocal performance. There are a number of highlights as the album progresses including “In the Dark” and “Don’t Tell Me.”
As an engineer I would say one of the areas to concentrate on would be the recording quality. This was a lo-fi home recording which varied in quality. Some songs sounded better than others but thought they did a solid job with the tools they had. I like their songs and think they have some talent. In my opinion, working with an engineer at some point could really tap into the potential of some of these songs.
Overall, I thought this was a solid debut. The band seem to be having a good amount of fun and that comes across in their music. I’m looking forward to where they go from here.
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