US indie rock band Lo Moon have released their new single, Dream Never Dies, and play support to The War on Drugs at The 3Arena in Dublin on April 14, 2022. We asked front man Matt Lowell the the BIG questions . . .
Lo Moon formed in LA and are composed of New Yorker Lowell, Crisanta Baker (guitar, bass, keys) 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 praise from NPR, The New York Times, Billboard, Vice, NME, The Sunday Times, DIY and many more.
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Speaking about the band's new single, Matt says, "As I've gotten older, I’ve become more and more nostalgic about my youth. I had way less anxiety back then, I didn’t fear losing the people closest to me or have to face the bigger questions of life.
"Hope and optimism were just a little bit easier back then. I work hard not to let the complexities of life suck the hope out of me. This song, if nothing else, is a reminder to try my best and not let that happen."
Tell us three things about yourself?
The morning is my favourite 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 hotel room number on tour I don’t connect with, it’s pretty much guaranteed I will switch to another room. You might be surprised to know I love the Grateful Dead; you might not guess that from listening to Lo Moon.
How would you describe your music?
I would describe our music as oceanic feeling. It’s a feeling that’s hard to define but it’s always been a touchstone phrase for us when we describe our music. The phrase comes from a 1927 letter Romain Rolland wrote to Sigmund Freud when referring to "a sensation of eternity", and a "feeling of being one with the world". We strive to capture that "feeling" in our records. We always want it to feel like something we hope can be considered eternal or classic. I think all you can hope for when making art, is a true connection to the piece and that it might stand the test of time. So, I know we’ve always felt like something is done when we all agree we’ve achieved that oceanic feeling.
Who are your musical inspirations?
There are so many! We are obviously all massive Radiohead fans. They’ve always done it their own way. At the start of making our new record we were listening to quite a bit of U2’s Achtung Baby. I don’t think you can properly make a band album without knowing the Eno and Lanois records. They changed the course of record producing for bands, and we have an immense amount of reverence for the ambition in all of their records. Of course, bands like The Blue Nile, Prefab Sprout and Talk Talk are such an endless well of inspiration. Mark Hollis’s approach to space and emotion is something I will never stop exploring and learning from. Obviously growing up on the east coast of the US, Bruce Springsteen is in my DNA. He feels and sounds like home to me, lyrically he’s always been a huge touchstone. I think right now Tyler The Creator is so important for music, maybe the most important artist out there. He is constantly pushing his sound, his approach, and I don’t know what other artist takes as many chances on every creative level as him. This is not even the tip of the iceberg.
What was the first gig you ever went to and the first record you ever bought/downloaded?
First gig I ever went to was Billy Joel at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island NY, where I grew up. My grandparents took me. We had floor seats 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 tapping him on the shoulder and threatening him to put it out. I think the first record I bought was Evil Empire by Rage Against The Machine. Or did I download it on Napster?
What’s your favourite song right now?
I Don’t Live Here Anymore by The War On Drugs.
Favourite lyric of all time?
I have way too many, but here’s one: "Sprung from cages out on Highway 9, Chrome wheeled, fuel injected and steppin' out over the line, Oh, baby this town rips the bones from your back, It's a death trap, it's a suicide rap, We gotta get out while we're young, 'Cause tramps 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 would have to be a musical piece like Music For Airports by Brian Eno. It moves me in different ways depending on my mood and changes with every listen. It’s so deeply profound, elegant, and simple at the same time. It’s a piece of music I don't think I will ever get tired of, and that’s important if I only have one song. I want to listen to something I will keep discovering.
Where can people find your music/more information?
Everywhere you stream music (Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon etc) and on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @lomoon.