As the first car available for me to drive was a Galaxie 500, of course when I happened upon a band in the early ’90s with the same name I had to buy the cassette tape. That purchase led to a journey of soon discovering Luna2’s album Lunapark (after the demise of Galaxie 500) and nearly every album since then including Dean & Britta.
If you’re reading this you’re most likely a staunch fan and know much more about Luna and its history and members than I do. Such as Luna’s 1995 album Penthouse was dubbed one of the best albums of the ’90s by Rolling Stone. Which is what devout fans were treated to Friday, October 11 at Off Broadway Music Venue in St. Louis when Luna took to the stage at about 9:10 p.m. For just over the next hour Luna performed Penthouse in its entirety to perfection (despite Britta Phillips’ mic being a little muted at the start).
Luna managed to engulf the entire crowd in their dreamy, languid yet sometimes slightly rough-edged pop sound with Dean Wareham’s distinct vocals throughout the night. Interspersing friendly banter between many of the songs brought the audience even further into their fold making you feel as if you were a part of their inside jokes.
Not missing a beat the band moved seamlessly from “Bonnie and Clyde” into “Inside Your Heart” which Wareham shared is on a new EP Postscripts. They then performed their magic for about another 25 minutes that included the harder, poppier hit “IHOP” and ended the night with the softer cover of Beat Happening’s “Indian Summer.”
Opening the night was Lab Partners self-described as “space rock from Dayton.” And they brought their trance-inducing power pop-rock to the quickly growing crowd wowing those in attendance.
See more photos from the night: http://bit.ly/Luna19cz