Luna Sopor’s debut album reviewed by Jack Rabid in the Spring 2012 issue of Big Takover Magazine
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.