Watch Austin indie-pop band Luna Luna perform at WJCT
Attempting to label Austin, Texas band Luna Luna using any contemporary sonic descriptor — say: indie, dream pop, fusion, retro dance pop, etc. — is a reductive exercise. The band draws on such a wide array of influences to craft their sound, that striking a bullseye with an apt characterization can feel like trying to hit a moving target from song to song — and often within the same song.
Originally a Garageband and iPhone-fueled solo project of songwriter Kevin González, Luna Luna’s 2018 debut, the eclectic For Lovers Only generated a fair amount of buzz within community-driven streaming spaces like Soundcloud. That newfound popularity demanded González form a band.
Subsequent releases, 2019’s Carousel and 2021’s Flower Moon fuse funk, hip-hop, ’80s pop and all manner of danceable beats. The latter record, which, despite dropping in the midst of the pandemic, only increased the band’s visibility.
During a recent cross-country tour, Luna Luna stopped by WJCT Studios to perform two songs — the dreamy, bilingual ballad “Commitment” and the funkified “Golden” — on the JME Soundstage. The group also discussed their arguably meteoric rise and how their latest full-length, Flower Moon, came together during the pandemic. Hit play above to watch the full performance.
Kevin González – Vox, Synth
Kaylin Martínez – Drums
Ryan Gordon – Bass
Danny Bonilla – Vox, Keys
Brennan Shrestha – Guitar
Host: Matthew Shaw
Audio Engineer: Cheikh Walker-Williams
Mix/Master: Luna Luna
Cameras: Rich Conner, David Luckin, Andrew Weichman
Editor: Rich Conner