Introducing Interview: Lunar Vacation

With acclaim from the likes of The Fader and Clash, and having previously charmed our ears with the luscious sounds of singles ‘Mold’ and ‘Gears‘, Atlanta-based Lunar Vacation have just released their debut album, Inside Every Fig Is A Dead Wasp. With each track oozing a shimmering allure and stirring emotion, the album showcases the band’s ability to create heartfelt, irresistibly effervescent indie-pop with a catchy, lilting musicality reminiscent of the likes Best Coast and Alvvays. A collection glistening with a cinematic grace as droplets of stirring melancholy ripple on a seemingly serene surface.

We caught up with Grace from the band to find out more about the album, their thoughts on the music industry at the moment and more. Have a read, and make sure you treat your ears to the beautiful new album as soon as possible!

Hi Lunar Vacation, welcome to Get In Her Ears! Can you tell us a bit about yourselves?
Hey! I’m Grace, and I play guitar and sing in Lunar Vacation. Currently I’m finishing up my last semester at college, making some art, and playing with my cat, Science. 

Are you able to tell us a bit about how you initially started creating music together? 
Maggie and I became friends in high school during a guitar class songwriting project. Connor and Matteo also went to our high school and we just naturally found each other. 

I love your shimmering, blissful sounds with shades of faves Rilo Kiley and Alvvays, but who would you say are your main musical influences?
It changes all the time – all four of us listen to different genres of music from different times, so there is always a good, unique collection of music swimming ‘round in our heads. Right now, Big Thief has been one of my biggest influences musically and lyrically. I admire how Adrienne approaches writing lyrics and how she uses music to work through her thoughts and feelings. There is a really beautiful, delicate aspect of her reflections expressed in her music. 

You’ve just released your debut album – Inside Every Fig There’s A Dead Wasp – which is super exciting! Are you able to tell us a bit about this? Are there any particular themes running throughout the album?
We are all extremely proud and looking forward to finally letting her run free into the world. It’s ultimately up to the listener to form their own idea and interpret it how they want. Once it’s out there, it’s not ours anymore. So in other words, you’ll have to listen to find out!!

Do you have a favourite track on the album? And if so, why does that one mean the most to you?
I think my favourite out of all of them is ‘Gears’. I’m extremely proud of how it came together and how honest the lyrics are – this was one song where I felt that the words flowed perfectly and found their place in the song. Writing that song helped me process a lot of loose ends I had from a relationship that was drawn out for way longer than it should have and to fully move on. 

And how have you found recording and promoting an album during these strange times? 
It was definitely strange making a record at the height of COVID – there were times that it felt like the studio was an intense vacuum of time and space and there would never be an end to the pandemic. Ultimately, I think it added a unique aspect to the record itself… The music, writing, productions, feelings, etc. Everything happens for a reason and I guess the right time for our record was a global pandemic. I’m not sure if that speaks to anything. 

The album’s produced by Daniel Gleason of Grouplove – how was the experience of working with him, and how would you say his contribution added to the collection’s overall sound?
The record wouldn’t have been what it is without Dan and our engineer, TJ Elias. They are such an amazing duo and helped us create what was in our head onto the record. They pushed us sonically and creatively to lean into our strengths, explore our weaknesses, and embrace our own styles. 

How do you feel the industry is for new artists at the moment? Do you feel much has changed over the last few years in its treatment of female and non binary artists? 
That’s a layered question. I have a lot of qualms with the industry as a whole and how it’s shifted to artists having their “moment” instead of focusing on the longevity of their music. Sometimes it seems like it just favours the algorithm, vanity, and self promotion to the point of image and social media coming first and then the actual music following second. Music streaming platforms have made artists reliant on being “playlisted” to have a career. I guess it’s the modern day radio, but it doesn’t sit quite right with me. However, I think the accessibility from social media has made an extensive, positive amount of room for new LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC identifying artists, which has been really promising and inspiring to experience. But, I would like to see more representation in the gay and non-binary community instead of the few token white, straight passing people that are labelled “gay icons”. There are more people out there that represent the community and they need to be uplifted and celebrated.

And, as we’re a new music focused site, are there any other upcoming artists or bands you’re loving right now that you’d recommend we check out?
Definitely pay attention to Future Crib, Binki and The Slaps! These aren’t new, but I’ve been listening to a lot of Lynn Castle, Yuck, and Big Thief.

Finally, in addition to the release of your album, what does the rest of 2021 have in store for Lunar Vacation?
Playing a few more shows and hopefully graduating college in December!! All good vibes ahead. 

Massive thanks to Grace for answering our questions! Inside Every Fig Is A Dead Wasp, the brand new album from Lunar Vacation, is out now via Keeled Scales. Catch them live on their UK Tour next Spring – tickets here.

Photo Credit: Violet Teegardin 

Track Of The Day: Lunar Vacation – ‘Gears’

With acclaim from the likes of The Fader and Clash, and having previously charmed our ears with the luscious sounds of previous single ‘Mold‘, Atlanta-based Lunar Vacation are now set to release their debut album, Inside Every Fig Is A Dead Wasp, next month. Ahead of the album’s release, the band have shared a poignant new single.

Reflecting on the deterioration of a relationship, ‘Gears‘ oozes a dreamy, shimmering allure. Against the backdrop of a scuzzy, whirring musicality, Grace Repasky’s honey-sweet crystalline vocals float seamlessly with an ethereal splendour – bringing to mind favourites such as Best Coast or Alvvays. Building with a sweeping, sparkling emotion to a heartfelt slice of irresistibly effervescent indie-pop, ‘Gears’ flows with a glistening, cinematic grace as droplets of stirring melancholy ripple on the seemingly serene surface. Of the track, Repasky comments:

“When I look back on any kind of relationship, it’s usually through rose-coloured glasses. I guess this song tells me that although this happened, you just gotta keep going because this isn’t the end of the world. But the last lines are a reflection of how inner-me feels… I’ll probably always be a little sad about the loss. I feel like most, if not all, of my songs are future-me giving past-me advice and insight on specific situations that evoked heavy feelings.”

The stark sentiment of ‘Gears’ is captured perfectly in the dark beauty of its Nosferatu-inspired new video. Watch it here:

Produced by Daniel Gleason of Grouplove, Inside Every Fig Is A Dead Wasp – the upcoming debut album from Lunar Vacation – is set for release on 29th October via Keeled Scales. Pre-order here.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: Hudson McNeese

Track Of The Day: HANYA – ‘Texas’

Having charmed us on more than one occasion playing for us live, and with acclaim from the likes of BBC 6Music’s Steve LaMacq and The Quietus, Brighton band HANYA return with a beautiful new single.

Propelled by a dreamy haze, ‘Texas’ flows with twinkling hooks and the soaring, effervescent vocals of front person Heather Sheret. With shades of the lush surf-pop of Real Estate or Best Coast, it’s a shimmering slice of exquisite indie-pop oozing a blissful tranquility and spellbinding ethereal splendour. The perfect soundtrack to soothe these post-summer blues. Of the track, the band explain:

“‘Texas’ was entirely written and recorded during lockdown, experimenting with working remotely as a group. The track explores the startings of a relationship – the head-over-heels uncertainty, the self-doubt and the desire to know each other entirely.”

 

‘Texas’ is out now. Listen here.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: Jessie Morgan

Re-Covered: Sally-Anne’s Illustrated Favourite Albums

If you’re anything like us, throughout Lockdown you may have been seeking refuge in some of your favourite records, perhaps rediscovering some old classics along the way. So, for this new feature, illustrator Sally-Anne Hickman re-imagines her favourite ten albums of all time by painting their covers in her own unique style, using watercolours.

Check out the eighth of Sally-Anne’s choices below, and keep your eyes peeled for the last two over the next couple of weeks…

Best Coast – Crazy for You
This L.A indie rock band are a blend of classic surf-rock and 1960s girl-groups. Fronted by singer-songwriter and guitarist Bethany Cosentino, each fuzzy pop song comes in at under three minutes. It’s simple catchy pop, with perfect melodies layered with reverb and distortion. Songs about longing for a boyfriend and wishing her cat could talk make this a perfect lo-fi, lovesick summer album that you can listen to all year round.

Sally-Anne Hickman
@sallyshinystars