“They say there is no light without dark, no good without evil, no male without female, no right without wrong. That nothing can exist if its direct opposite does not also exist” – Laurell K. Hamilton
No light without dark… no good without evil, no loud without quiet, no Yin without Yang.
This interplay has a supporting role within the musical creations of LUNA RISE. Specifically when it comes to the conceptually thought out current debut album “Dark Days & Bright Nights”, whose front cover is decorated with a merging Yin Yang, consisting of moon and sun. Each dark day is followed by a brightly lit night. This is something Chris Divine – singer and leader of the band – sings about, at the same time reflecting the one ore another liminal experience he lived trough.
The music of LUNA RISE could sound like having Bon Jovi, Billy Idol, Ozzy, Dave Gahan and Neil Armstrong locked in a room with instruments – during full moon of course. The band’s name containing “Luna” (lat. moon and Roman goddess) refers to a conscious game with mystique and atmosphere. The music does also come with numerous facets and influences from classic Hard Rock, Progressive Metal, Goth-/Dark Rock, up to melancholic-sensual Pop with some catchy earworms.
In 2011, the band is launched by Chris Divine (on guitar first) and bass player Rob Rocket. The autistic-inspired all-rounder Luke Vegas (guitar) joins and displaces Divine from the guitar, who occupies the role behind the microphone henceforth. The band is completed by the freaky keyboard-wrecker L.X. (Lunious Xaviour Andersson) and the full-moon-shy, hairy Loup-Garou on drums.
In the first year of existence, the melodic-rock group from Enns (Upper Austria) performs an impressive debut: The first CD get released (“Smoking Kills, But Love Can Break A Heart”) as well as the music video for “Dead Alley”. In 2012, video airplay, performances and interviews on Music Television (goTV) follow. The band around the charismatic frontman reached to hit big waves in short time – positive feedback and fans (plus marriage proposals) around the world speak for itself. For the song “616”, even a fan-produced animation-video appears.
In 2013 a re-issue of the debut EP follows, along with the new song and live-audience favourite “When You Fall”. The production of the first full-length album starts in 2014. “Valentine” appears preliminary, including a music video with Austrian model Sonja Plöchl.
In 2015, LUNA RISE team up with NRT-Records, where the album “Dark Days & Bright Nights” finally sees the light of day (or moon).