Concert Review: Luna, Thursday Feb. 6, Abbey Pub
Clearly Luna were having an off night when I saw them two years ago because
they were back on form last night at the Abbey Pub. During "Friendly Advice,"
Dean Wareham and Sean Eden made a strong case for the electric guitar being
the greatest invention of the 20th century. "23 Minutes in Brussels"
has to be the sexiest song ever to reference Belgium.
When I interviewed Palmyra Delran of the Friggs a few years ago, we talked
about her Pink Slip Daddy bandmate Mick Cancer becoming so engrossed in performing
that it was like he was off in another place. Luna went there and brought
The same could not be said for openers Slumber Party. They generated some
good fuzzy drone and droning fuzz with occasional Jesus & Mary Chain-worthy
feedback, but they were lifeless. The drummer for the all-female quartet
was especially Stepford Wife-like. Call me an old-school punk, but what you
lack in technique you should make up for in passion. And the biggest shortcoming
of the Pavement school of indie rock is too many bands with neither technique
nor passion. My college art professor who used Brian Eno's "Needle in the
Camel's Eye" to illustrate negative space also declared that there is a
big difference between painting, writing or making music because it's a nice
thing to do and needing to create. Slumber Party were playing because it
was nice. Luna need to do it.
Luna play the Abbey Pub again tonight, but it is sold out.