This Is… Luna Rosa


From their sound it feels as though Luna Rosa and I grew up listening to the same sort of music as they’re making the guitar-driven style of music that made the mid-00s the finest time to get a musical education. Alright, I’m biased but can you blame me? The 4-piece from Corby in Northamptonshire line up as follows; Rory McDade – Guitar/Vox, Darren Myles – Guitar, Keiran Maguire – Bass (poor spelling of Ciarán that but he’s on the right instrument!) and Cole O’Neill – Drums. I fired them over a few questions to find out what drives their sound;

How would you describe your music?

We take inspiration from genres across the board but our sound could be described as Indie/Alternative/Psyche, with hints of Rock ‘n’ Roll and Soul.

What first got you into music? Who was your first great inspiration?

We’ve always had a love of music, and had been in previous bands. We live in such a mundane town where literally nothing goes on. So music was a chance to do something different and get out there.

As a band the early 2000s indie scene (The Libertines/The Strokes/The Cribs etc.) was what got us really into music. At the same time the whole 90’s guitar movement was already there, passed down by family and friends of the older generation. From there we went back in time and found all the greats.

Where should we be looking to find new artists?

Everywhere we gig we see great talent that isn’t getting the recognition it deserves. Go to any unsigned gigs and you’re sure to find something you like.

What do you most enjoy about making music? Is it what you’d like to spend the rest of your lives doing?

We like everything from writing to putting the music together and having that finished product. We love gigging, making people dance and have a good time. Being in the studio is always good, adding bits in we can’t play live and just generally experimenting. We would love to be able to play music full time without the worries of a 6am start in a factory you absolutely loathe. That’s the aim, but if it never comes to that, we won’t ever stop making music.

You’ve got a cracking powerful sound, how do you go about getting so much energy into your music? Is it purely down to a love of what you play?

Yes it’s partly down to the pure love of making music and our attitudes. I suppose it’s also down to our influences, powerful high energy music. From Motown to Rock ‘n’ Roll with driving beats and an uplifting feeling that transcends you to a different place, there’s nothing else quite like it. That said it doesn’t mean we aren’t capable of a somber tune.


For you, what makes something a truly great piece of music?

Something people can connect to, whether it’s the lyrics the melody the beat, whatever. It’s got to have soul, you need to feel the artist means everything they’re playing and singing otherwise its just more shite drivel coming off the conveyor belt.

Why do you think people care so much about music?

Music breaks down barriers and has the power to unite people; music doesn’t take age, colour, religion or nationality in consideration. When there’s a song playing we all dance as one EXODUS. Yes there are opinions and preferences but there’s no right or wrong when it comes to music.

What were the first and last records you bought?

First: Led Zeppelin – Houses Of The Holy
Last: King Krule – 6 Feet Beneath The Moon

What can we expect to hear from you in 2015?

We plan to record three more songs and put out an E.P, we’re also in the process of making two videos. We’ll be playing gigs all over the country, a few festivals and a few secret sessions. We’ll continue writing and progressing our sound and hopefully get haircuts.

Find out more about Luna Rosa through Facebook and Twitter.

Ciaran Steward

1 comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: