With their mix of pop, R&B, soul, funk, and rock and roll, Missouri-based Luna J. could be mistaken for the lovechild of The Red Hot Chili Peppers and John Mayer. Their sound is classic but relevant and can appeal to many different audiences.
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, some under their previous name Luna Jamboree, including 2014's "And Those Seen Dancing" EP, 2016's "Phases" LP, the single, "Hooked," in 2017, and their 2018 release of the EP SMOOVE which featured the song "You Say". This turnout was complimented by over 300 shows throughout Missouri and the greater midwest in since 2014. Luna has gotten to share the stage with Grammy winners Robert Cray and Jason Ricci, Grammy nominated artist Maxwell Hughes (the Lumineers); as well as The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Edison, The Band Moves and Future Thieves throughout their career. Throughout, the band has secured in-studio appearances on several terrestrial radio stations -- a direct result from the buzz of their live show.
In 2018, 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 EP, "SMOOVE", showcases the band's evolving style and captures the vibrancy of their live show and personalities. They added a horn section for the EP, as they have garnered a groovy, funky, and soulful tone; much like that of 70's musicians Steely Dan and Marvin Gaye. The album builds on their pop sensibilities that are becoming more fully realized, but with a classic undertone.
In 2019, the band is set to release a live studio album on December 17th, 2019, with some old songs and brand new ones. After a couple changes on drums and bass, with Dalton "Doc" O'Conner and Nick Archambault, Luna has a revived sense of creativity in sound. Their studio single "Heartbeat" is set to come out at the beginning of 2020. Always writing, always learning, and always loving the music they play, these guys hope you get a taste and love it too.
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: 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...