Luna Moth has taken the direction of 60s soul, garage, psych rock and added a healthy dose of ambient noise to their newest album “Celestial Shades.” This Norman, Oklahoma-based band is comprised of: Joey Paz, Dallos Paz, Laine Bergeron, and Allie Naifeh.
If you like psych rock, give this single a listen. Below is an interview I conducted with front man Joey Paz about their up coming CD Release Party at STASH on Saturday, March 15th. Also playing that evening is Midday Veil and Brothels.
OKC.NET: Has there been any line up changes since the last album “Shadows Casting Trees”?
J. Paz: Since the last album we have recruited now have Laine Bergeron of Shameless Friend/Fan Club/The Bill Swanson Experience on bass and Allie Naifeh of Ex Oblivione on synth, which technically makes us a super group, I think.
OKC.NET: Did your creative process change between albums? I know you travel quite a bit.
J. Paz:Â I drove around the West Coast all summer, listening to nothing but Tame Impala, Curtis Mayfield and Blue Cheer. That was my creative process for this album, in a nutshell.
OKC.NET: Tell me a little bit about the production, where was this recorded, any new methods, or special notes of thanks?
J. Paz: We recorded the whole thing at with Chris Harris at Hook Echo Sound, as we have with our last few, heâ€™s pretty much our guy. He knows how to make things loud.
OKC.NET: What influenced you this go round?
J. Paz: India, LSD, and true love.
OKC.NET: Psych Rock has enjoy quite the revival lately, who are you listening to locally, or in general?
J. Paz: King Mary is my favorite local band. Iâ€™ve also been listening to a lot of this band from Seattle, Midday Veil. And Iâ€™m not just name dropping because King Mary plays harp on the new album and Midday veil is playing at our show Saturday night. I liked them both before they were cool enough to be associated with Luna Moth.
OKC.NET: Are you planning a tour?
J. Paz: A summer tour is in fact in the planning stages.
OKC.NET: You had a whole concept behind “Shadows Casting Trees” as well as background about the album art, so what’s the 411 with “Celestial Shades” album art?
J. Paz: The album art was created by a mysterious entity known only as DJ Krama, who is a 3rd degree beats master from the Orion nebula, and who will also be dropping beats between bands at the show Saturday.
OKC.NET: I liked “The Voluptuous Tempest,” “Changelings,” “Azsure Star Ison,” and “Mercurial Eclipse” – the last two songs feel like they have great energy – how are your live show, are you ready to get wild with some of these songs?
J. Paz: We’ve been studying copious amount of live James Brown footage on Youtube, and we are indeed prepared to free your minds.
OKC.NET: What haven’t asked that you feel is important to know either about Luna Moth or “Celestial Shades?”
J. Paz: We give all thanks and praise to Kali the dark mother, slayer of the demons Shumbh and Nishumbh.
OKC.NET: This is more for fun, but are you planning to go to Austin Psych Fest?
J. Paz:Â Maybe next year!
Check them out Saturday night: here’s the event link for more deets.