with special guest Michael Duchesne
Luna Grand are soulful musicians first and foremost. The trio’s pedigree is untouchable, their kinship enviable and their success as assured as it is self-directed. And they’re performing at The Gov on Thursday, 4 February.
Laura, Shannon and Danny are a refreshing antidote to the commodification of music. A living, breathing reminder that it’s not all about the money, it’s not all about the fame and it’s not all about the brand. Art is about taking risks and success is about making music together, about learning, growing, and about firing the imaginations of everyone they work with. The 2013 AGT winners have sagaciously withdrawn from their bankable Uncle Jed notoriety in favour of a truer entity that resonates with who they are now as people, as musicians, and as artists. They are Luna Grand.
Such is the artistic calibre and confidence that is the steel in the spine of Luna Grand. They are part of the larger Stitt family of Australian Jazz and Folk musicians. They’re young but between them they’ve clocked nearly 50 years of experience and boys play in various Metal and Electronic side projects. Cousin Laura is a professionally trained vocalist, with brothers Danny, a Jazz and Metal bassist and erstwhile guitarist, and Shannon ‘the maestro’ whose ungodly abilities on keys allows them access to the country’s finest session musos, are as personally and musically tight as you’ll find in the current musical landscape; they are almost the one person. If two heads are better than one then this symbiotic triad is peerless, fearless and unstoppable.
Whether they’re writing the lyrics, the music or performing, the support in the creative process is instinctive, responsive, sensitive and idiosyncratic. It’s quite likely hereditary, probably involuntary, definitely automatic and the results are that fulsome sonic pull on your soul for which they’ve become famous. They cite each other and their families as major influences, they mention contemporaries from Metal to James Blake, Cat Empire, Fat Freddies Drop and Katie Noonan, with a nod to a diverse smattering of Jazz, Funk, Soul and Reggae greats. Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder. Regardless of genre, they’re simply citing other brilliant performers.
Their multi-dimensional authenticity means Luna Grand can write personally with a truth that translates universally. And like all great technicians they make art look easy, which it most definitely is not. There is both an innate and practised skill and it’s a beautiful evolution to behold on their new EP. The name change becomes perfunctory in light of their soulful progress.
Luna Grand, the refined and sublime overspill of musical sensibility, of quality, integrity, connection and enjoyment with a purity of purpose that makes them a delight to watch, to listen to, and to observe as they continue to grow.
Embarking on their first ever tour as Luna Grand to celebrate their single release “Chase The World”, Sydney band formally known as Uncle Jed are itching to hit the road and show everyone their new creations as well as some favourites from their latest Single “Patience Love”.
The Gov | Thu 4 Feb
Tickets: $20 + Booking Fee
Doors open @ 7:30 pm