This is the review of Luna Sopor’s debut album by Jack Rabid from Big Takover Magazine. It was printed in the Spring 2012 issue of Big Takeover Magazine
The curiously named Luna Sopor (from high school Spanish, I’m thinking “Moon Drowsy” [actually "Moon Slumber" - ed.]) is a coed South Bay foursome compared to Social Distortion and Green Day. They have a smidgen of Mike Ness in them (1981 Social D, circa “Mainliner”), but no Billie Joe Armstrong.
This debut feels pre-all that. Perhaps such references connect less universally, but older punks remember The Vktms, Nuns, and UXA, ’77 San Francisco forebears that also featured striking blonde singers filling a tougher Debbie Harry function, and an Alice Cooper / Dictators / Stooges / Dolls guitar methodology. (Crime, Negative Trend, and the early Lewd were more masculine purveyors).
Curiously, Amber Sommerfeld proffers classic rock singing on top of this, making for a more AOR upshot than the above roster—which works more naturally with the band’s second-half folk-rock bent. Sometimes, though, there’re intimations of a distant, local past.
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“Luna Sopor’s self titled – debut album was recorded at Golden Gate Recording Studio in San Francisco and was released on December 7, 2011. This band is from the San Francisco bay area in California and their music has Classic Punk, Pop, and Hard Rock influences. This fact shows in their music, which the band sounds like if they came out of the 70′s and/or 80′s. Luna Sopor consists of Amber Sommerfield on vocals, Jeff Janow on guitar, Troy Szabo on bass, and Marie Szabo on drums. The music from this band is definately a change in pace in the Alternative / Rock genres.”