Luna Blue release new EP and play Hope & Ruin this week

Brighton’s own indie-rock-pop four piece, Luna Blue, sourced inspiration for their highly emotional debut EP after the best friend of one of the band was tragically killed by a drunk driver in 2015. The recent University of Chichester graduates put their talented musical minds together, writing the song Welcome Home in dedication to the friend, even performing with a full, live orchestra in her name, raising money for her favoured charity, Nordoff-Robbins, who specialise in music therapy for the disabled and those struggling with mental health and addiction.

Now, the exciting young outfit are preparing to release their debut EP Nightjar on Fri 25 Aug, after having been picked up by management agency, New Legends, who cottoned on to their talent at a Battle of the Bands competition. Despite not actually winning the competition, fortune shone on the gifted graduates who are now looking to make a name for themselves in the indie-rock scene.

Consisting of Tom High (vocals/rhythm guitar), Ryan Wellman (lead guitar/backing vocals), Nick Davie (Bass/backing vocals) and Seb Bowen (drummer/backing vocals), the EP sees the band at their funk-rock best, with driving, upbeat instrumentation and the wild, soaring vocals of front-man Tom.

Captivating breakdowns and face-melting guitar solos from Ryan create a lively atmosphere in their music which is only elevated during the band’s energetic shows, embellished by Seb who provides a constant drive to the sound with his intricate and sometimes complex drum skills. This ethos is embodied within bassist, Nick Davie, who is renowned for his bouncing, carefree performance style that often sees him engaging with and jumping into the audience.

The live orchestral performance, played for Nick’s friend Bryony, exhibited Luna Blue in a totally different environment, playing a number of their own tracks as well as popular covers of bands like A-ha, Don Broco and Red Hot Chili Peppers. It took two months for Nick to compile the orchestral arrangements for 13 string players, three flautists, four saxophonists, five brass players, a keyboard player and three backing singers, as well as the four members of Luna Blue. Welcome Home uniquely uses Morse code to spell out Bryony’s name during the second verse and outro of the song, displaying not only the heartfelt song writing capabilities of the band, but their versatility and fluid style as well. Luna Blue will once again be performing with a live orchestra again at The University of Chichester in March 2018.
Coming from varying musical backgrounds, the boys join a vast array of influences from all over the musical world together. Blues and progressive rock inspire Ryan, whilst Seb and Nick enjoy delving into the seemingly contrasting realms of metal and jazz, and Tom considers legendary singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley his idol.

Luna Blue play Brighton’s Hope and Ruin on Fri 25 Aug 2017, as part of a national tour. Their EP, NightJar, is out on the same day.

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