I’ve said it here in these digital pages before, but it’s worth re-iterating that the UK model for rising rock bands when it comes to singles works better than anywhere else in the world. Our latest case and point is upstart quartet New Luna who have just released a riveting new standalone cut, “Opinionated.”
The track opens with a frenetic energy and rides that tension line until unleashing with a series of heavy experimental instrumentation with guitar patterns interwoven and lilting in rivulets.
Guitarist Zack Bamber explains:
“One of the best things about being a part of the band is the diversity of influences; we’ve got the expected alt-rock inspirations – Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, Smashing Pumpkins etc, but are also big on acts like Bonobo and Submotion Orchestra. We find the creative clean slate of modern R&B really refreshing – Gambino, Kendrick, SZA, Frank Ocean, BROCKHAMPTON, Bryson Tiller – all are putting together styles from everywhere to make meaningful music.
‘Opinionated’ was for us an opportunity to set ourselves loose musically and use multi-textured instrumental sections to fill the space left by the sparse vocals and lyrics. In the studio, we could mess around with more backing vocals and guitar layers and create a fully orchestrated piece that should keep the feeling of being a jam. The lyrics make a simple but direct social point.”
Stream New Luna’s “Opinionated” below and look for more from the band here.