Dean Wareham on the Luna reunion

Dean has given an interview to Rolling Stone about next years Luna dates, the first the band will have played since they split in 2005:

At a certain point, it gets hard having to hold it together,” he says of the group’s breakup. “I feel that this can be fun [because] it’s not going to take over our lives completely again. After 10 years away, you can recharge your friendship. After years and years in a band, it puts a strain on your friendships, because you’re not just friends; you’re in business together. You remember why you all like each other.”

As for what the group will play at those gigs, Wareham says the group’s recent reunion jam found them playing a career-spanning selection of songs. Among them were “Anesthesia” from Lunapark (1992), “Friendly Advice” from Bewitched (1994), “23 Minutes to Brussels” from Penthouse (1995) and “Tracy I Love You” from Pup Tent (1997). The group will have its first practice sometime next year, when it will decide the final set list for the Spanish tour, though it will likely include songs from all of their albums.

He also drops a hint that the first five Luna albums may be getting a release on vinyl:

Although Wareham does not want to give specifics, he says he’s been in talks to license the first five Luna records for vinyl release, though the deal has so far proven complex. “I’ll believe it when the papers are signed,” he says. He also says compilations of songs from the band’s vaults could also be a possibility, but that, too, is a complicated situation since the group doesn’t own the records.

Read more on Rolling Stone’s website.

Luna reunion confirmed: Spanish tour in April with US dates to follow

Flyer for Luna's tour of Spain in 2015
Flyer for Luna’s tour of Spain in 2015

Luna have now confirmed that they are reunitiung for a tour of Spain in April 2015, and Dean confirmed on Twitter that there would be “a few US dates” later in the year.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

  • 17th April 2015 – Gijón Sound Festival, Gijón
  • 18th April 2015 – Escenario Santander, Santander
  • 20th April 2015 – Teatro Lara, Madrid
  • 21st April 2015 – Aulario la Bomba, Cádiz
  • 22nd April 2015 – La Rambleta, Valencia
  • 23rd April 2015 – Bikini, Barcelona
  • 24th April 2015 – Centro de Las Armas, Zaragoza
  • 25th April 2015 – Intxaurrondo, San Sebastián

See also:

Ten years of Luna near reunions

Lee, Britta, Dean and Sean – Los Angeles 2014

A Luna reunion isn’t out of question. That could happen. A Galaxie 500 reunion isn’t going to happen. That would be too weird. It’s been so long.
Dean Wareham – The Vinyl District, March 2014

Sean, Justin and Stan in NYC in 2014

Dean and Britta with Sean in Chicago IL in 2010

Dean & Britta with Sean Eden (Luna) at Shine A Light festival 7-21-12

Dean and Britta with Sean in Wantagh NY in 2012 – full show in NYCTaper

Dean and Britta with Lee in Los Angeles in 2010

Justin, Dean and Lee in LA in 2014

No pics or video of this one but Sean joined Dean & Britta for 23 Minutes in NYC in 2008, Sean said:-

It was definitely a slightly emotional and strange moment for me and for Dean and Britta….! We hadn’t decided we were going to play anything until late that afternoon. no rehearsal or soundcheck for it.

Luna reunion – unconfirmed but looking likely in the spring

It’s looking very likely that Luna will be reforming for some dates around the 10th anniversary of their break-up next year. Prompted on Twitter both Britta and Sean hinted that a Luna reunion was on the cards.

This was followed shortly after by suggestions on Spanish music website Muzikalia that they will be appearing at the Gijon Music Festival in northern Spain in April with the last line-up of the band – Dean, Sean, Britta and Lee.

Una década después de su adiós, tras dejarnos un excelente testamento musical en forma de siete maravillosos álbumes en doce años cuyo colofón fue Rendezvous (2004), Luna vuelven a los escenarios con la misma formación de entonces: Dean Wareham, Britta Phillips, Lee Wall y Sean Eden.

Sit tight for more news, and I expect, more dates in the coming weeks.

Happy 25th birthday to Galaxie 500’s ‘On Fire’ – come ride the fiery breeze

Galaxie 500 – On FIre, available on LP CD MC

Today[1] is the 25th anniversary of the release of Galaxie 500’s masterpiece 2nd album On Fire.

THEN there was The Great Chicago Fire. I was there. The stories of how the fire began were wildly contradictory, but I was there. Some people say the fire was started by a stampede of cows. Some say it was just one cow. Some tried to blame it all on someone they didn’t like. One fella tried to blame it all on his own brother, just because his brother had stolen away his girlfriend and married her. The wedding took place in Las Vegas. It was a modest affair of about 150 guests, non-denominational (which really pissed off the parents of the bride, but hell, you can’t please everybody). During the ceremony, some rotten little punks yelled “Fire! Fire!” and the whole place cleared out in no time. The maid of honor even broke her ankle in two places after being shoved down the altar by the always overly zealous justice of the peace. Well, the ankle was pretty back and the maid of honor had to be shot, and exactly one week later the entire block burned to the ground. Even the bricks burned.

But at least nobody tried to blame it on a cow. And the wedding went ahead as planned.

And some people actually believe that Nero fiddled as Rome burned, and that he really did look like a badly aging Peter Lorre. On Sunday nights we’d all gather ’round the television set to watch the Disney show, and I would always fall asleep from boredom. But I had a big old Siamese cat named Butch who’d always loved to play with my face moments after my head hit the pillow. So I’d awake startled, sometimes, crying, sometimes covered with blood and crying, staring into the idiot box. Sometimes I’d see Walt himself, sometimes Mickey or Goofy. But sometime I’d see a thousand bright blue caribou racing a dust storm to the finish line, neck and neck all the way like nature’s own Indy 500! Flesh and blood against the elements! And I remember wondering to myself, “Why are they racing?” THEN one fine day I understood why the race took place. It was because the hairs on those caribou necks were being tickled by the instinctual knowledge of a fire raging not too far away, and most certainly headed this way. Humans often get the same feeling…like an oddly warm breeze malevolently fueled by the maddening flames behind it. Come ride the fiery breeze of GALAXIE 500!
-Kramer, NYC, July 1989

Galaxie 500 - On Fire

If a Pyrrhic victory means triumph won at such cost you may as well have lost, then Galaxie 500’s music is the exact opposite: a statement of defeat that resounds like a glorious triumph
-Simon Reynolds – Melody Maker 28th October 1989

Here are some quotes lifted from the thoroughly brilliant “Temperature’s Rising: Galaxie 500 an oral and visual history” by Mike McGonigal…

We made that record so easily! I’m not even sure there were any second takes. It’s one of the easiest records I ever made.

Making On Fire was a very happy experience. I think we were at a point where we were accomplished enough musicians that we were able to play what we had in our head. There was a generally optimistic feeling about the direction of the band and we were getting attention from the critics. It was a lot of fun and the possibilities seemed endless, something that I feel I was very lucky to experience. A very joyful, youthful moment.
-Naomi Yang

On Fire - Galaxie 500 cassette

On Fire inhabits an awesome, distorted reality. The band, ostensibly a trio of guitar, bass and drums, sound more like a sun carriage. Damon Krukowski’s cymbals and Dean Wareham’s falsetto become lead instruments. Naomi Yang doesn’t so much play as paint with her bass. These abstract tones and spots of primary colour are the sound of three people locked somewhere in a beautiful space, the midpoint between telepathy and propulsion. From the languorous opening bars of ‘Blue Thunder’ to the euphoric closing refrain of “What a pity, what a pity” the record moves back and forward allowing waves of electricity to swell and break across its ten tracks. Few songs have been more appropriately titled than ‘Snowstorm’ and few bands have been in such graceful control of a maelstrom. Has anyone played a wah-wah with such equine grace as Dean Wareham? Each note in the solo crystallizing the reverie of a snowflake hitting the ground.
-Richard King – sleeve notes to the 2010 Domino reissue

Snowstorm lyrics
Snowstorm lyrics
Why today?
I haven’t figured out exactly when Galaxie 500’s On Fire was released but I think 23rd of October is the most likely date – I came up with it becuase…

  • Simon Reynolds review of the album was in the 28th October edition of Melody Maker
  • MM always came out the Wednesday before the date on the cover which would have been 25th October
  • Records in the UK were released on the Monday and you’d want the record to be in the shops when folk opened their MM on Wednesday – so On Fire must have been released on the 23rd October

A US press release dating from August 1989 when Galaxie 500 signed to Rough Trade, suggests the album would be released on 20th October, but as that’s a Friday I’ll dismiss it.

Records in the US are apparently released on a Tuesday – so US release date was possibly the 24th October… so we can party tomorrow as well!

Feel free to correct me if you think I’m wrong.