In the 60’s, prog was established as a new genre. The idea was that pop should receive an upgrade with more advanced and complex music and with well thought out lyrics. When bands today appear that mix prog and pop, some people don’t like it. The band Lunears is from Farnce and mixes prog with some pop injections. The line-up is Jean Philippe Benadjer :Guitars / Bass / Vocals, Sebastien Bournier :Drums / Vocals and Paul J. No :Keyboards / Lead Vocals. The band`s sophomore album is entitled Curve. Axis. Symmetry, and the track Same Player. Shot Again,
Lunear is a 3 piece band and two years ago they released the debut album and the album is available on all platforms. Lunear label them as a pop-rock-progressive band. The musicians all like Supertramp, Beatles, Steven Wilson, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Yes…. .Some of Lunear music is sometimes straightforward like pop-rock meets progressive. But it’s still very progressive.
Keyboardist and singer Paul J. No and singing drummer Sebastien Bournier have known each other for twenty years. They’ve been playing on one another records for a long time and four years ago they decided to write songs together. Lyrics and musical ideas were exchanged and before they knew it 8 songs were born. Both realized fairly quickly that they needed another soul to cover their weaknesses i.e. guitars, bass and mix. Luckily, Sebastien Bournier knew the perfect gem and invited his old friend Jean-Philippe Benadjer to come aboard. Jean-Philippe Benedjer gladly agreed and contributed beautiful guitars and bass as well as music for two news songs, thus completing the 10 songs of the first Lunear album: Many Miles Away.
Bournier states, «For our second album, we wanted to do something different. I also wanted and needed time to come up with new ideas for new lyrics. Paul J. No wanted to release a new album very quickly after Many Miles Away, but we had nothing – no music, no lyrics. I started thinking. I’d had an idea for a song floating around in my mind for several years: the story of a man or a woman who couldn’t die, no matter what. At first he/she thought it was a blessing: the dream of eternal life… But nothing lasts forever, not even our Earth… what would happen to him/her then, drifting alone in space?».
«I pitched the idea to the guys and they liked it. So, I started working on the lyrics for the first song of the new album… Only, the more I wrote, the more I realized this couldn’t be a five-minutes song, or even a 10, 15 or 20-minutes song. This was a concept album. Would we be brave enough to release a concept album for our second effort? What would the others think? Would they agree? (Spoiler alert: they did).So I divided the lyrics into ten songs».
«The whole process took four hours. Yes, I wrote the lyrics for the whole album in four small hours. I still can’t believe I did that… I’m so proud of them…I didn’t even want to make a second album, after Many Miles Away. I loved it so much – how we could top it? Now that we have finished C.A.S. I don’t know how we’ll be able to do better next time. I don’t think we can. Maybe we’ll need to do something different».
Jean Philippe Benadjer states, «When I joined the group to work on Many Miles Away, almost all the songs were already written. I was like a session musician, in a way 🙂 Well, not quite. Paul and Seb were smart enough to give me space and allow me to compose or rearrange certain parts, but the album was 80% finished. I got to know Paul, to understand how he composes, how he works, the kind of person he is. I had fun working with them, and, yes, we were a band. A strange band living in three cities, in two different countries, but still a band. Different styles, different approaches, but the same passion and the same drive to make great progressive pop song». The track Inside (Stiltskin Cover) – Galago Defi nº20
«So when we finished Many Miles Away, it was clear that it would not be Lunear’s only child. What wasn’t so clear was that we’d start writing new songs a mere few weeks after Many Miles Away was released! And this time, I would partake in the process from day one! A new challenge. And it worked! Our process is quite straightforward, really: Seb writes all the lyrics, I compose half a song while Paul composes the other half (and about 3 more songs), Seb asks me to re-record Paul’s guitar, Paul changes all the bass… Straightforward! The idea of a concept album was also very exciting because it forced us to make something different from Many Miles Away, to find new ideas. I hope it will be the same for Lunear #3 (hint: we already have some ideas… but do not expect it for 2021 🙂 )».
Paul J. No states, «Being in a band was never my choice. Been there, done that when I was 18, and I hated all the fights. With time and the help of technology, I’d managed to play practically everything I wanted to hear… And when I wanted real drums, I knew I could ask Seb 😉 But I started to work more and more with Seb. Then, JP joined us. Seb and I had been working on Many Miles Away for a while, but JP fit in seamlessly. He was patient, he liked the songs and learned them quickly, and he made them better and more beautiful».
«I enjoyed the process so much that I pushed really hard to start working on a second record without interruption. Miraculously, Seb wrote the lyrics in a flash! Composing the music took another four months. It was quick… And then, I had to learn patience! Patience because I’m very fast at composing, but it’s important to give everyone in the band the time and space to make their contribution. Our richness lies in our diversity. What Seb or JP compose can be so different from my own writing. And patience because I sang all the lead vocals on this record, and Seb knew exactly what he wanted to hear… In terms of voices, and in terms of composing too«C».
«I don’t remember how many parts I threw away… Many… Many… But we’re gentlemen 😉 In the end, it was totally worth it. I see this record as a second step. Many Miles Away was more “classical”. Curve. Axis. Symmetry. is more ambitious – it explores other territories. My hope and belief for album #3 is to go even further and deeper».
Curve. Axis. Symmetry was released a week ago and only Kora with spoken voice was guest musician. The whole album is recorded and produced by Lunear, but Jean Philippe Benadjer do the mixing.