Friday 22 March 2024

An Interview With Jon Jefford From Psych Stoner Rockers THE LUNAR EFFECT

UK Psych/Stoner Rockers The Lunar Effect are releasing their new album Sounds Of Green & Blue on April 14th 2024 via Svart Records.  The album sees The Lunar Effect playing a more wider range of Stoner Rock by blending Fuzz Rock, Hard Rock, Psych Rock and Doom Rock for a record that highlights some of the best Hard Rock movements from the last 60 years or so.

Sounds Of Green & Blue is quite different and more daring compared to their acclaimed 2019 debut album Calm Before The Calm with The Lunar Effect taking more creative risks with their music. The end result is a fulfilling musical exploration of different Psychedelic sounds.

I caught up with Jon Jefford from the band to discuss the making of the album and future touring plans amongst other things which you can read below.

For people not in the know, can you give a brief history of how the band came together and where it is today.

The band was really formed while myself and Dan were playing in another band. We were not that happy with our situation so started doing other things and writing more music . Then we were offered a little record deal to put out and limited EP run and it just grew from that.

Why did you call yourselves The Lunar Effect.

It was just somethings that happened organically, born out of a fascination for the moon.

How would you describe your overall sound for Sounds Of Green And Blue. As it's quite different compared to your debut album. As you seem to have captured the last 50 or 60 years of the Hard Rock Scene brilliantly well for this album. It's Stoner Rock but it's also bigger than the normal Stoner Rock sound.

The album has a more rounded sound overall, it took longer and has a lot more depth compared to our first album which was recorded and mixed very quickly in comparison. We have tried to mix our influences from the past with our own style, hopefully we have got somewhere near achieving that.

What can people expect from the album and what is the creative outline or story for the album.

People should expect everything they liked about the first record, with maybe a bit more depth and thought to the songs. There is no overall story for the album, each song has its own meaning or story.

Where did the name Sounds Of Green And Blue for the album come from

The name is a lyric from the song ‘In Grey’

Was this an easy or hard album to record for compared to your debut album.

It was harder, there was slightly more expectation for this album. We wanted to raise the bar. It was also delayed by the covid lockdowns, which then made the pressure to make something really good all the more acute.

What is the creative process or setup within the band? Do you write the music together or do certain people within the band do that

I have written most of the music for the songs either alone or with Dan, and Josh writes most of the vocal melodies and lyrics. There are a few songs on the album that were independently written by either me or Josh, such as Pulling Daisies or On The Story goes. Which ever way the initial idea comes about we then work on it and perfect it as a band.

You're from London, UK. We all know there's a thriving gig scene and community based in London. Do you perform regularly within London or do you have to travel further afield to perform on a regular basis.

We perform fairly regularly in London though we also try to go further afield in the UK so that we can play for our fans in the other towns and cities.

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What future gigs have you coming up and will you be promoting the album more this year.

We have a lot of gigs to announce in the UK and Europe, but you will have to keep checking our socials and website to get all the details as soon as we can share them.

What are your favourite venues within the UK. Any particular venues or locations you always look forward to when touring.

The Garage in London is a favourite, as is The Dev which is somewhere we always like to go back to.

How would you describe the live THE LUNAR EFFECT experience.

It’s like stepping back into 1973 but with more Fuzz.

The artwork for the new album is excellent. Who designed the album cover and how much involvement did you have with the final design.

The artwork was designed by an awesome artist called Nik Gernert, he also did the first album cover.

What bands or artists influenced you to pick up an instrument and to become a musician.

All the greats -  The Beatles, Bowie, The Faces, Black Sabbath, Led Zepplin, Queens of The Stone Age, Oasis, Free…… many more.

Svart Records is releasing the album. How did you hook-up with that great label.

We had heard good things about them from our friends Kaliedobolt and Green Lung who had both worked with them in the past. That really helped us make the decision to work with them as opposed to some other labels that we had offers from.

Before you go, do you have any words of wisdom for your fans currently out there.

Keep buying music and supporting the bands you like. They appreciate it more than you know or they say.

Words by Steve Howe and Jon Jefford

Thanks to For The Lost PR for arranging this interview and for Jon taking the time out to do this interview.

The Lunar Effect - Record release show - 26.4.2024 London, The Black Heart

1.3. The Lunar Effect: Flowers For Teeth (digital)

12.4. The Lunar Effect: Sounds of Green & Blue LP/CD (pre-order)

Pulling Daisies Official Video