Your album 'Lunar Decay' was released last week - how has the album been received so far?
I've received a lot of positive feedback and encouragement. I had a vinyl pressed along with a 20-page bonus booklet. The reception to that has exceeded my expectations, and I'm just glad I have the chance to connect with others through music and art.
Did anything influence the songwriting process? What is the overall theme of the album?:
Yes, I was really influenced by a lot of classic post-punk bands from the '80s and '90s. Many bands in the '90s used chorus and reverb effects on their guitars, sometimes to the point of drowning in it. That's not something you hear a lot these days, so I wanted to revive some of those tones. The theme of the album is essentially about each generation of humanity facing extinction and suffering through personal loss. It's about the struggle and adaptation of the individual within the scale of global catastrophe. It's a concept album.
Our standout song from the album is 'Spring Sobriety' - what can you tell us about the track and how it developed?
This track tells the story of a father in a post-apocalyptic society where surviving the harsh winters is a struggle. His village trades salt gathered from the flats for coal and other resources. However, he trades for grains and sugar to brew alcohol, leading to a shortage of coal. As a result, one of his children doesn't survive the winter. Now, he must decide whether to be a father to his remaining children or decline further into indulgence and self-pity.
What is the music scene like in Clearwater?
It's all over the place. I'm a recent transplant, so I don't think I can speak with certainty about it.
You must be really proud of the album - do you have a favourite song from it?
Yes, my favorite is 'Monsoon Mornings' because it’s the fastest-paced and was just so fun to make. A section of the vocals includes this weird improvised mumbling that was supposed to be an outtake, but I decided to keep it. For some reason, that makes it a lot more fun for me.
What is next from Luma Fade, what can we expect in 2024?
My New Year’s resolution was to write and record at least one song a month, though I’m hoping to do more. Next, I will probably release an EP and collaborate with this person I met from a parallel reality who’s been taking shelter in my garage. It’s going to be insane.