Interview with Lunar Lock
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
My father was a professional musician a few years ago. So I started very early in a self-taught way at 5 years old. Max (the bass player) started playing bass 4 years ago by playing jams. Improvisation is at the heart of our ideas. Without music, I don't know what we would do but we would probably be a lot less happy.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
Max likes to skateboard a lot. I focus on tennis and train quite regularly. Playing sports and exercising is very important to us. Otherwise, many movies can inspire us in our creative process.
How long has your band been around?
We've been around since March 2021 because we were bored during lockdown.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
We come from the north west of France between Paris and Brittany. It's a nice area but it doesn't really inspire our music. Our influences come mainly from the UK and the USA. It must be said that in our country, rock music has been abandoned in favor of electro and rap. It makes us want to not let the influences of the 80's die and to bring something that is not done in our country.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you?
We were looking at the moon one night and it always fascinated us both. We thought that we were so close to it and at the same time so far from it. That finally, without it we could not live (with the functioning of the tides). We also wanted to accentuate the fact that it marks for the moment our own limit. Ok we walked on the moon but Mercury, Venus, it will not be for soon. Hence the name lunar lock.
Tell me about your most memorable shows.
We've only played 10 shows in the last year, lots of good times but it's still too early to talk about memorable shows!
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
We love playing at the Gazoline, a bar in Rennes with a cellar where we can put 50 people, it's intimate. We'd like to play at the Chabada, our city's concert hall, as a first step. Then, one of our dreams would be to play at Glastonbury.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
Playing with Lebanon Hannover would be an amazing thing, there are so many bands we would want to play with! We would also be curious to play festivals, we haven't had the chance yet.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
Do what you feel in your heart. There will always be envious or jealous people who won't believe in you, that's part of life. As far as group projects are concerned, it's mostly about finding the right people who are 100% reliable and won't let you down later on, which happens quite often.
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
I would just say to take your time, don't expect too much from the music.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
I think the one we love the most right now is The End Will Never Come. It's music that means a lot to us because it deals with common feelings in our lives.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
Black Dagger is the most requested song right now and one that we really enjoy playing. We have another one coming out soon too!
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
We like to look at the stars at night when the sky is clear. It's very inspiring. We complement each other's ideas by discussing various themes. We don't have one particular creative process.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
Helping to cope with difficult times, bringing some kind of clarity in those times. We all have our own perceptions of what's around us and that clarity is sometimes the key to preventing drama. Our music aims to say that ok, today it's hard, let it go, tomorrow it will be better. Our message is authenticity, we are ourselves and we do not want to invent a life.
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
No, it's just the two of us and that makes it really easy to get along. We know each other very well so we never have any disagreements.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
There are many! We really want to record all the songs in our set live, and that includes several singles and EPs. Then, what would be great is to tour and do some shows abroad, discover new places. We've only done a few shows but we really like the scene.