Night Steals the Light
Blazing new trails through the thicket of the Canadian music scene with a big machete of fuzzy guitars, a tornado of drums, and catchy 60's vocal harmonies, The Luna Riot gains rave reviews whatever they do, where ever they play. The Luna Riot has high expectations, and why not? The band has epitomized the "do-it-yourself" work ethic by building their own recording studio and producing their first album. Travis Smyth, Colin Band, and Mark Crickmay have finely crafted their own musical genre (which they affectionately call "Fuzzgaze") by fusing thunderous tribal rhythms with thick, fuzzy bass and "machine-gun" lead guitar work and then colouring outside the lines with Hammond organ, sitar, Tablas, tambourine, keyboards, shakers and whatever else could be found in the studio. The Luna Riot was conceptualized by Travis Smyth in Victoria, following the demise of his successful previous band, Grace Nocturnal (which shared stages with Soundtrack of Our Lives, Sam Roberts, Metric, and Tegan & Sara to name a few). Smyth moved to Vancouver where he met Colin Band and later, Mark Crickmay. Together, the trio spent the bulk of '08/ '09 touring the wild west and writing dozens of songs before recording their debut album, 'Night Steals The Light', at their own recording studio in Deep Cove. Steven Drake (notable for co-fronting Vancouver's Odds in the 90s and mixing The Tragically Hip's Juno award winning album, "Trouble At The Henhouse") mixed the songs at Profile Studios in Vancouver, BC. Some Reviews: " ...local trio The Luna Riot has made one of the best records of the year. The songs of Travis Smyth swirl, like good psychedelia is supposed to, but have a garage-rock aggression that keeps them from turning fey and affected. B+." Tom Harrison - The Province "I highly recommend this album: the production is first rate there's a thickness and power that most indie records can't even approach and the performances are tight and confident but still loose enough to rock with a certain "don't give a shit" swagger." Kevin Kane - B.C. Musician "These guys absolutely rock the f***ing marvelous old-school sound. Dirty, sexy, thick grrrrrrr guitars. How else can I explain that? It sounds like danger. Like danger! Good, enticing, orgasmic danger." Andy Scheffler - Cordmag "Rock n' roll is alive and well. The Luna Riot is the name they go by. Their dark psychedelic sound is like a lush wave of ambient chaos, with vocals breaking through like sun beams out of a black sky." Vince Vaccaro - Metropolitan Magazine.