There’s some irony in introducing a ‘new’ act by telling you that while you may know Steve Mathieson‘s other band, Collapsing Cities, his solo project Lunavela dates back much further than the guitar pop quartet he’s internationally known for. Following the release of Lunavela’s self-titled debut EP in late 2017 the shoegazey indie house single Chequered Past featured on NZ On Air Music‘s NewTracks compilation in March this year.
Lunavela is my solo project. However, I did co-write two songs with Timon Martin. I am working on the next EP and gathering friends to eventually play live. I’ve been writing with Timon (Kimbra) and Sam Harvey (Computers Want Me Dead) for the next EP.
Though, ‘vela’ means ‘sail’ in Italian, it wasn’t intended to mean moon sail or anything. It just sounds cool and looks good written down. Basically, Collapsing Cities is a pretty hard band name to top. I was too lazy to try and come up with a new name so I used my old band name before ‘Cities.
It sounds fresh, it’s romantic and the lyrics are good. I like good lyrics, I’m not sure if people care anymore about lyrics…
It’s a love song. I guess the sentiment is ‘I’ve done heaps of stupid stuff in my past, but, essentially my intentions are good and I’m a semi-decent person’. It’s weird typing this out, it sounds less sincere than saying it.
I quite dig the lyric ‘Never perfectly in line, your lack of attention span is the same as mine’. Timon’s drum fills are pretty cool too. I love the vocodered backing vocals too, but you can probably only hear them on good speakers, or with headphones on.
Basically, it was a song I wrote on guitar, and Timon and I re-wrote it into a kind of shoegaze indie house song. Jol Mulholland recorded the vocals in The Oven and we mixed it with Jeremy Toy.
I want them to feel good, want to dance and feel warm.
I’m mostly a hater. I either love music or hate it. There is no in-between. I’m always a bit self-critical on songs I’ve written. But I’ve always liked this song. You’ve got to trust your instincts I guess.
I’m working on another EP, which I plan to release in July/August. I basically just want to write with more people. I don’t enjoy writing by myself, co-writes are way more fun.
I co-wrote two songs on the North Shore Pony Club album. Hopefully, that comes out soon.
Live shows. It’s been five years since I’ve stepped foot on stage. It will happen soon though…