Luna Sopor is from San Francisco Ca, and was formed in 2008 by Jeff Janow, Troy Szabo, and Marie Szabo. The Rock heavy sound of Luna Sopor was forged right from the start, characterized by driving guitars and backed by a frenzied yet accessible rhythm section. The music continued to develop going forward, and with the addition of a new vocalist -Jayne D., whom brings a drive, attitude, and Rock and Roll signature presence to the vocals and the chorus harmonies. Luna Sopor’s music is often described as crunchy hard rock with powerful female lead vocals. Luna Sopor has just completed the release of their second full length studio album entitled ëCobaltí and the band is excited to share their new music with rock fans globally.
Hi Luna, Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions! We’ll start with the basics from the beginning – What led to the formation of Luna Sopor? How did the members of the band meet and begin writing and playing music together?
Jeff Janow and Troy Szabo formed Luna Sopor in 2008 while working together at a Chip Manufacturer in Silicon Valley.
Marie Szabo had previously played with Troy in a touring professional worship band, so she seemed the logical choice and was shoulder tapped by Troy and Jeff to be the band’s drummer. Luna Sopor released its first album in 2011, and that album was primarily classic rock sounding. However, for the Cobalt Album, we wanted to go a bit heavier on the music and the vocals, so we enlisted Jayne D, a San Francisco Native.
What is it like living in and making music in San Francisco?
San Francisco is a melting pot of cultures, visitors, and activities. There are great live music venues to play shows at, such as “Neck of the Woods” (formerly the famous “Rockit Room”) and “The Connecticut Yankee”. There are also plenty of fun outdoor events, such as the annual “Beer Week Festival”. In short, there is plenty of fun stuff to do and it is typically never boring…
Do you have any upcoming shows in your hometown?
We are currently working on our show schedule for spring and the summer months of 2015. The best way to stay in touch with us regarding news and concert dates is to connect with us on our Social Networks.
What experiences and events inspired the writing and recording of your latest record “Cobalt”?
Much of the writing for our Cobalt Album was done out of creative obsession. I say that jokingly, however, we are always writing and playing new stuff and much of that would come in the form of collaborative effort. Typically, Jeff would write a new piece of music, and then the rest of the band would fight over who gets to write the lyric. Ultimately, everyone would end up contributing to some part of the song in their own way.
Could you walk us through each of the featured tracks?
I would say there are at least 4 Tracks on the Cobalt Album which we would call featured tracks. We think Future, Cake, City of Lights, and Undertow are the tracks that are the most representative of our playing style and musical sound.
Future: Future is a fast hard rock song about struggling relationships and also overcoming difficult personal challenges. It features powerful female lead vocals and technical sounding rock guitars.
Cake: Cake is a mid tempo chunky sounding rock song that is about greed and salvation in relationships.
City of Lights: City of Lights is a rock ballad that features acoustic and electric sounds, and it is about abandonment, survival, hope, and personal growth. This one is a bit dark feeling but it also has an upside, I guess that is why people like it.
Undertow: Undertow is a quirky & progressive instrumental tune that was inspired by the dark and suspicious nature of current global events.
How does this new album differ from or expand on your previous release?
Our first Album was very classic rock or AOR sounding. Our music continued to develop going forward, and the latest album entitled Cobalt has more of a crunchy hard rock feel coupled with driving female rock present vocals.
Could you tell us about the recording process behind “Cobalt”?
The process is pretty straight-forward. Jeff writes the music and also works out the initial pre-production in his home studio. Then the other band members contribute in areas such as lyrics, and we rehearse the songs. When we get to the actual studio, the tracking and mixing goes pretty quick, because we already have most of the important parts figured out.
What was it like working with Zack Phillips at Freq Lab Recording?
It is always a joy to work with Zack, because he genuinely wants to help the Artist get the best performances captured. He is also very knowledgeable, which has helped us to solve whatever minor problems that would crop up along the way.
What does 2015 hold in store for Luna Sopor?
Luna Sopor is going to be busy in 2015. In Q2, we hope to have some new Luna Sopor music recorded and ready to share with everyone. And, we are also currently working on a side project with a Singer/Songwriter type recording artist. Towards the end of Q2, we hope to have some interesting and diverse music and news to share with you.
Connect With Luna Sopor:
Cobalt Album http://music.lunasopor.com/album/cobalt