One of the most influential and beloved indie rock bands to emerge in the 1990s, Luna make lyrical, dreamy pop centered on singer/guitarist Dean Wareham. Formed in 1991, Luna came together after the breakup of Wareham's previous band, the equally influential Galaxie 500. Originally a trio, the band was a kind of alternative pop supergroup that also included former Chills bassist Justin Harwood and ex-Feelies drummer Stanley Demeski.
Just prior to releasing their fifth full-length, The Days of Our Nights, Elektra dropped the band. Eventually landing on the Jericho label, Luna finally issued the album in the U.S. in the fall of 1999. The new millennium saw many changes for the band. Founding bassist Justin Harwood departed, moving back to his native New Zealand to spend time raising his baby girl. Ben Lee/Ultrababyfat bassist Britta Phillips replaced Harwood after touring with Luna during a spring 2000 tour. Their first concert album, Luna Live, recorded at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. in December 1999 and the Knitting Factory in New York in July 2000, was issued in early 2001.
In 2004, after announcing their impending retirement, Luna released Rendezvous, their seventh record. They officially disbanded a year later following a tour. To commemorate their tenure, Luna issued the 17-song retrospective The Best of Luna on Rhino in June 2006. A digital-only collection of covers entitled Lunafied, as well as the DVD version of their Matthew Buzzell-directed tour documentary, Tell Me Do You Miss Me, both arrived in June.
In 2017, Luna reunited for a covers album, A Sentimental Education, and a six-song EP of newly penned original instrumentals, A Place of Greater Safety. They also embarked on a tour of Spain and North America. ~ Jason Ankeny