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We Believe in their releases- introducing one of the latest releases on the label- a haunting 4 track Demo from an accomplished act titled Lune Kiri.
We just love discovering talent. We also love somebody else recommending us talent to check out then instantly falling in love. And once again Little League have introduced us to an act bursting with potential. An act we urge you to listen to. Lune Kiri are a four piece Post-Metal band based in Raleigh. Defying all boundaries- each musician integrates their own passion to create their own take on atmospheric, intense, daring, post-whatever orchestrations. Mixing together a fine blend of cap n jazz/ mars volta and swans-esque compositions. The quartet consist of Jonathon Shelton, Andrew Walden, Perry Creath and Steven Kearney and have just released their demo cassette release on the loveable label little League Records.
1. A Black Friday
4. A Burning House
Find the release steaming in it’s entirety now via Little League Records Bandcamp which is available as a name your price digital download-
This demo is their first piece of recorded music, a three track introduction spanning over half an hour worth of music. On this demo, Lune Kiri showcase their varied range of influences, with attacks of harsh drone compositions, extended acid-drenched feedbacking guitar solos, booming polyrhythmic drumming and crushing bass lines, coming together into a work drawing from the realms of everything from black metal to shoegaze to post-rock and back, while destroying ear drums on the way.
Lune Kiri have the musical world at their feet right now and we wanted to find out more on the musicians, their workmanship, inspirations, their 4track demo and their involvement with LLR. We had the privilege in speaking to each member of Lune Kiri for one of our most intimate and loved interviews to date.
Before we get to the details of your recently released demo, we want to get to know more on you-
Firstly introduce yourselves, how long have you been playing and performing live?
Jonathon: I’m Jonathon, guitarist and vocalist. I’ve been involved seriously in music in some way since early 2010 and performing live sporadically since 2011.
Perry: My name is Perry, I play guitar and do vocals. I asked for a guitar for christmas when I was 12 and decided I wanted to play music for a living when I was 13.
Steven: I’m Steven, I play drums. I got my first legitimate set of drums when I was 4 and later played in high school concert / marching band and various math-rock / post-rock bands over the last 6 -7 years.
Andrew: Andrew. Bass. I started playing 6 string guitar as a senior in high school. I was in a horrific skateboarding accident that resulted in the complete severance of 2 out of the three sets of nerves in my left arm, paralyzing my left arm from the elbow forward for most practical purposes. After about a half year of my arm being disconnected from my brain and starting to look like something that belonged to the cryptkeeper, for some reason, the lights turned on, and I began to regain the use of my arm. As part of my physical therapy I was required to start playing guitar.
What was it that first got you to pick up your instruments- and then to write your own compositions and direct your creativity?
J: I pretty much fell into music accidentally. The first project I was ever in was a weird metal band that the guy behind it asked me to do vocals for him. Before that I had never considered myself a musician or becoming one but ever since I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.
P: My Uncle initially sparked an interest into playing music. Writing music just kinda’ fell into place after becoming comfortable with my instrument.
S: Music was everywhere when I was growing up. I got my first kit at age 4 and my uncle (who played in a cover band) started showing me led zeppelin songs on drums. It all went downhill from there. Later on, I discovered acts like The Mars Volta in my mid-teens that really put me on a path of musical discovery and exploration.
A: I went to college shortly after becoming a passable musician. Musically, I was very young. Trying to form a band or join a band, in a strange town, known for its musicians, was extremely intimidating. So I continued to practice and record by myself. In doing this I taught myself to play a few different instruments and record band practices, which led to more opportunities in a tough music scene. Ive played guitar in most of the bands ive been in. But ive never had as much fun live, as when ive played bass in a band. Rhythm section is where its at.
How did Lune Kiri form and where did the name come from?
J: Perry and I’s current band had fallen apart again when we decided to have a go at it on our own. The band name came from smashing a French word and a Japanese word together because we couldn’t think of anything better. Lune is the French word for moon and Kiri is the Japanese word for fog and we thought they worked well together at envoking a certain feel.
P: Jon and I have been in-and-out of bands now together for about 3 1/2 years now. Him and I started writing music in our basement which soon developed into the demo we just put out and an album. We started looking for more members and found Steven and Andrew, who brought exactly what we were looking for.
S: I was playing in a 2 man synth / drum grindcore duo which opened for one of my favorite bands (tera melos). Jon was at that show and I gave him one of my handmade cd’s with leopard print fabric glued to it. We kept in touch sporadically for a few years and one thing led to another.
A: I dissolved my bands, quit my job, and moved from indiana to NC. Shortly after moving I answered a craigslist add in NC by a drummer looking for people to form a band rooted in stuff like cap n jazz and sunny day. I responded to the add and me and steven met and became really good friends instantly. Me and him have a few other projects in the works as well.
What outside influences trigger your creativity and create your unique sound?
J: I’m really sad (I mean REALLY sad) pretty much all of the time. Therapy is too expensive so I funnel that energy into what I write. You are far too good to be sad.
P: Basically everything bad that’s ever happened to me influences my music. Life is tough and overwhelming and music gives me sense and purpose.
S: I try not to pay attention to a lot of outside influences, even though I will say life is extremely strange and creating music helps me back myself out of the various existential quandries that I occasionally talk myself into. I pretty much turn my brain off when I’m performing. It’s relaxing.
A: Colors. Shapes. Physics. Change. Politics. Injustice. Honor.
How would you personally describe your own sound in one word
J: Extremely-Loud-and-Hopefully-Moving. That’s one word. Yes it is!
With regards to your new demo – we would love to know the ins and outs on what we think is a vital milestone for the band. Describe your writing process and how you’ve managed to get to this standout effort
J: The structure and general movement of the songs came from Perry and I bouncing ideas back and forth in what was supposed to be the dining room of our old house. We came to Steven and Andrew with all of our ideas in place but only the guitar tracks written. From there they’ve played a huge roll in shaping the sound and feel into something I think we’re all proud of.
P: Recording was a fairly easy process (on my end at least, haha), Andrew recorded, mixed, and mastered everything. I feel the demo brings the same intensity out that went into writing the songs; I couldn’t be happier with demo. Props to Andrew for making us sound like a we have our shit together!
S: They brought the initial song structures to me and I essentially just did what felt right. I drew inspiration from a very specific set of influences and we just mashed it all together and there’s the demo. I had to find a middle ground between playing what felt right and being a unique little snowflake on the drums.
A: I met up with the guys one time, and we played through the set in a single practice session. Then I went and kinda worked out the details to an old iphone recording they had of the three of them practicing the material on the demo. Then we recorded shortly after that. We spent some time setting up some budget microphones in stevens living room, made sure everything was in focus, and pretty much just hit play. I don’t recall us doing many retakes, just demos, ya know? We didnt spend much time adjusting the microphones and stuff to account for the different pedals and guitar sounds, we decided just to leave them so that the live sound could retain the proper qualities. To me that demo, reflects how our band sounded at that time. There are of course some production tweaks going on, stuff like the interlude etc… however, when working on the demo, we never recorded anything that we can’t recreate live, even though we spent a little time being creative with some of the sounds. There wasnt much mixing or mastering going. Mostly just compression, some shelf EQing, and panning stuff. mastering wasnt anything speciel. just ran it through a comp and eq. It was done quickly, Im sure we could have spent another week rerecording some parts and making a more consistant recording and releasing it as an EP, but the songs are honestly still developing, so why lock ourselves down?
So how did your involvement and tape release with little league records come about?
J: Callum [from Little League Records] and Perry actually knew each other through the internet and the two of them started sharing various projects, music and otherwise, between each other. He showed an early interest in what would eventually become Lune Kiri and has been behind us the entire way.
P: Callum is a really good friend of mine. I showed him what Jon and I were working on and he really wanted to help us get our music out to people
S: I hope Callum lets me come to Ireland. This is entirely off topic, but my dad’s family is from Cork. I’ve never been, and Callum if you’re reading this, find a way to get me to the motherland or whatever. Seriously. My bags are packed. I idolize your country.
I presume you’ve had many offers/ interest to your talent and releases before but why is Little League the right home for you?
J: Little League actually got us by default. I think Callum had a good feeling about the potential of our material maybe even before we did and brought a level of passion and positivity that we just couldn’t deny.
What do you believe is the best thing about being a DIY band on a notorious DIY label?
J: The biggest advantage for me is knowing that everyone around you is doing this for the same reasons, for a general love of the art. There’s also the aspect of complete control over our projects that is extremely appealing. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m waiting for my moment to sell out. I’ll write Pepsi jingles, I don’t give a shit.
P: The sincerity of it. Callum wouldn’t have put this much into our band if he didn’t see potential in it. Which is really reassuring when music is the only thing I have.
S: Artistic control. Sincerity. People who genuinely are invested in your band and it’s success.
A: DIY is the only way to go for musicians who consider their music to be a part of themselves. If you want to make your music in the same way any other commodity is manufactured, then yea a different type of label would be nice.
For those of us this side of the pond who would love to see you guys perform live; what do your live performances possess? And what live ventures have you got in the pipeline?
J: I have a bad tendency of blanking out when performing live and not remembering the show so I might not be the best to answer this.
P: The music I write is very personal to me. While performing it I just get lost in the emotion that initially sparked everything. Past shows have had anything from me screaming at random people to Jon abruptly ending our last song of our set to yell at everyone.
S: I’m loud, and I switch things up a lot live to keep it fresh.
Describe what you think you each bring to your live performances, sell your show.
J: Guitar punching and feedback, mainly. “Energy” is what I like to call it.
P: Spasms and freaking out.
S: High energy, atmospheric, loud, fog machines, jorts.
A: I’ll make all the aforementioned answers sound listenable. except the jorts, there is nothing i can do about that.
What is it that you personally get from your performance?
J: Performing live is essentially the closest thing to a spiritual moment I can find. I believe that whatever you find peace in is what you should call your spirituality. I guess performing live is that for me.
P: I’m not a happy person. Performing live is probably the only thing that completely puts me at ease
S: I’ll definitely say it’s a spiritual thing. I also enjoy expressing myself musically on a very basic level. Also, validation from cute girls with lots of tattoos .
A: memories that I can cash in on when im lying on my deathbed and wonder if my life was worth living.
How is the live music community where you are based?
J: Entirely non-existent. Perry and I moved from our hometown of Danville, VA within the past month in order to be closer to the rest of the band but even back there the music scene pretty much consisted of two to three bands, whatever our current project was being one of them.
P: There really wasn’t a whole lot going on in Danville. We just decided to move after having Steven sparking interest in joining the band. (thank you steven)
S: There isn’t one. Everyone just somehow gravitated to me. Thanks guys.
A: There are more criminals here than musicians. I live in greenville which is a college town, and there arent even dudes playing guitar on the steps at school, or on the square downtown. This place is devoid of culture, its barren. Bloomington Indiana where I moved from was not surprisingly, very fertile.
Would you consider a UK tour and play Circuit Sweet’s front room alongside little league partying with us?
J: I’m willing to go anywhere that wants us and most places that don’t.
P: If the offer ever presented itself, I’d play anywhere.
S: That is literally the best thing I can imagine. This needs to happen sooner rather than later. Someone smarter than me needs to work out the details.
A: is this a trick question? Not at all come play our cottage!
Enlighten us to what can we look forward to from you in the future?
strong>J: We hope to have our first full length released by the end of the year. We’re also kicking around some ideas for a tour which I don’t quite think we’re ready to discuss the specifics of yet.
S: we’re going to tour and record a full length. At this point, we’re more concerned with just playing live as much as possible. Period.
A: In my eyes, this band is very much in its infancy, If this band doesnt implode on itself, I see it as having the possibility to grow beyond its obvious influences and develop a dynamic and unique sound. My goal with any band I am in, is to have it sound instantly recognizable as that band that band only.
Before we finish all featured artists are asked this- What album or track has been stuck on your turntable, ipod, cd player for a while now?
J: “The Seer” by Swans and “Deathconsciousness” by Have a Nice Life are pretty much the only albums I’m listening to lately. I’m super excited for the new releases from both of them.
P: Swans’ and Elliot Smith’s discography. ”Sunbather” by Deafheaven is super (outstanding, amazing, beautiful) tight as well.
S: Entire Elliott Smith discography. Cap’n Jazz first record. Lots of old Jazz fusion stupid stuff, Mars Volta discography, Tera Melos, Hella.
A: Tortoise – It’s all around you , Radiohead – The King of Limbs
And Finally any last words from you?
J: Be Sure To Drink Your Ovaltine
P: Pursue the posi vibes, ~bruh~.
S: Somebody hook me up with plane tickets to the UK.
A: Meditating while inside a dream is way better than meditating while awake.
We cannot thank the four enough for their time and involvement with Circuit Sweet. We wish them all the best and we can assure you all this isn’t the last you’ve heard from this act on the site.
The new record is out now on the fantastic Little League Records. LLR is an online record label catering to all types of alternative, experimental and unique music, from all around the globe and have a brilliant taste in music!- Last year alone Little League Records had one of the most rewarding 12 months to date and have put out more releases than you can imagine. This year they prove unstoppable- this is a label home to talent, passion and excellent workmanship, the perfect label with a lot of potential and one that you will be thankful for.
Be sure to support the band and the record by picking up a sweet cassette release now-
You can keep up to date with Lune Kiri on Facebook here – www.facebook.com/lunekiri?fref=ts