Missouri-based Luna J. could be mistaken for the lovechild of The Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Alabama Shakes as harbingers of the funk, blues and groove revival.
The freewheeling crew of four enjoys whiskey, road tripping and quoting Anchorman at inappropriate intervals at sound checks. While their irreverent humor can often take center stage, it is important to note the band is diligent in their musical pursuits and businesslike when it comes to recording and touring.
Since their inception in 2008 with Bryan Copeland and Tyler Mathews, Luna J. has put out a number of releases including 2014's "And Those Seen Dancing" EP, 2016's "Phases" LP, the single, "Hooked," in 2017, and the single "You Say" in the beginning of 2018. Their prodigious turnout was complimented by 50+ shows throughout Missouri and the greater midwest in 2017; sharing the stage with Grammy winners Robert Cray and Jason Ricci, Grammy nominated Maxwell Hughes, as well as The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Edison, Holy Ghost Tent Revival and Future Thieves throughout their career. During this recent string of dates, the band also secured in-studio appearances on several terrestrial radio stations -- a direct result from the buzz of their live show.
Ending 2017 on a high note, the Luna camp entered Studio 2100 to record their newest material with producer/engineer Jeff Smith (Never Shout Never, Chappell Roan, Me Like Bees, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils). This was a deliberate move to capitalize on the momentum from their touring and put to tape the kinetic energy that's continually developing between the band members, even through changes in personnel. The resulting upcoming EP, "SMOOVE", will showcase the band's evolving style and capture the vibrancy of their live show and personalities, and is set to be released July 7, 2018. They have added a horn section for the EP, as they have garnered a groovy, funky, and soulful tone; much like that of 70's musicians such as Steely Dan and Marvin Gaye. The album has just the right amount of pop, as you can hear on the single "You Say".
Bryan Copeland: Vocals/Guitar/Saxophone
Musical Influences: John Mayer, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Charles Copeland (my father)
Fun Facts: He's a personal trainer, once dreamed to be a major league baseball player, and is blind in one eye
Previous Music Experience: Saxophone through middle and high school, contrabass clarinet in high school, choir in high school and college, founder of Luna
Favorite Movie Quote: "It smells like bigfoot's dick!!" -Anchorman
Tyler Mathews: Keys/Hand Percussion/Vocals
Musical Influences: Vulfpeck, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock
Fun Facts: Freelanced hugger, Wordsmith, Whiskey enthusiast
Past Music Experiences: Marched tenors on drumline in high school marching band and played percussion in symphonic band throughout highschool.
Favorite movie quote: "You shut your mouth when you're talking to me!" - Dodgeball
Nick Archambault: Bass/Vocals
Musical Influences: Phish, Umphrey's McGee, anything with thumpin' bass
Fun Facts: Nick is the newest member of the band. He was once said to be the sexiest bassist of all time...
Previous Musical Experience: Has played bass for many of the best regional bands for 20+ years. He can slap the bass with the best of 'em.
Favorite Movie Quote: "Say hello to my little friend" -Scarface
*FYI, Bryan filled this out and has no idea if anything is right...
Tom Pearson: Drums/Vocals
Musical Influences: Buddy Rich, Keith Moon, Levon Helm
Fun Facts: Civil War Veteran, once entered into a armwrestling competition with a grizzly bear, once lived in a yellow submarine that smelled of rich mahogany
Previous Music Experience: Spinal Tap, once filled in for Andre Rieu's orchestra, choreographer for Thriller
Favorite Movie Quote: "Knock, Knock. Who's there? Go fuck yourself" -Tom Hanks