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Lunic
Love Thief
SellABand Records
www.lunicmusic.com


It's rare for this writer to find a female-fronted alternative band that's actually worthwhile. But at the same time, whenever a stringed instrument is added into the mix, the band is automatically pushed to the top. Thus when the group Lunic showed up with its delicate female vocalist and expert violinist, it presented quite a predicament. To like the music or not? This was my question.

From the beginning with the song "Masquerade" the violin skills are put to the test when oddly integrated into a 1980's punk rock selection. Full of feminine power, the strings are lost underneath a punk bass and hyper guitar, and when everyone else takes a breath is when the violin shines, turning the fem-power into a set of subduing notes that somehow steal away the audience's attention. A ballad is not something automatically thought of coming from a female-fronted band, as most songs would be emotion-packed. But for Lunic, breaking the standards comes easily and thus their ballad "The Little Room" did as well. The few moments of intro to the song have a guitar that is so politely plucked; they're nearly porcelain and set up with foot pedals. Naturally, actual porcelain keys are most likely present, but they integrate so well it's unnoticeable. After a bit the rest of the members join in for an excellent rock jam-out. Finally, strong chords are strummed and drum beats are perfectly timed. As a victim of curiosity, the jump was made to the song with the most interesting title, "Revenge Of The Lot Lizard." If the sentiment from the previous song would've been considered solemn, then the feeling for this song is seduction. With lyrics that flow as though they were ripped from the pages of a story. "While you sleep, she will creep/Out of the shadows like a leach/Hide your neck, lock the doors/Put up the cross cause she's a wrong-way girl," each word draws you in closer and closer. The final song chosen to end off the album was a rather entrancing one. Though the melody in "Hypnotized" is rather simple and basically on repeat for the entire number, Katiee's voice still somehow keeps your attention as it floats above. No one member really takes point on this one and the guitar is particularly anti-climatic. But then again, I believe that's the point. This is one of the songs that's best served on a front porch with the sun peaking through the trees and an old wooden swing.

While Lunic may have set out to produce an indie/alt. album, I believe what they have done is really embarked on a slightly new adaptation of a few genres mashed together. For a sophomore album, there isn't any definitive direction which should be at least semi-apparent at this stage. However, there's definite talent and a promise for even more to come.

-Rachel Fredrickson

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