McCarren Park, Brooklyn, Ny.Y.
June 11, 2015
Review and photos by David Chiu
Watching the reunited Luna perform Thursday night at Williamsburg’s McCarren Park, I can’t help but feel a sense of symmetry of both past and present colliding with each other. It was 10 years ago that I saw the band play its final farewell show at the Bowery Ballroom on a snowy night, an occasion that was both satisfying and bittersweet. And while certainly the setting last night was different compared to that swansong gig—in this case, outdoors and sweltering hot—the performance was still electrifying, as if Luna, at the drop of a hat, just effortlessly picked up where it last left off.
Luna’s performance at McCarren, which was part of the Northside Festival, drew a good crowd of both aging and young hipsters as they watched Luna—guitarist/singer Dean Wareham, guitarist Sean Eden, drummer Lee Wall, and bassist Britta Phillips—run through several of the band’s beloved songs from its catalog: among them “Malibu Love Nest,” “Chinatown,” “Sideshow by the Seashore,” “Speedbumps,” “Tiger Lily,” “Tracy I Love You,” “Bewitched,” and “Friendly Advice.”
Clearly the band was still in peak form based on the performance, especially when Wareham and Eden traded both tasty lead and rhythm parts, not to mention some humorous, friendly banter like old times—accompanied by the tight and steady rhythm section of Phillips and Wall. It was an evening of hazy angular-sounding, guitar-drenched indie rock that perfectly matched the heat outside.
Not surprisingly, the band’s three upcoming shows in New York City this October are sold out. So in a way, this free gig – Luna’s first Big Apple performance since that farewell show from 2005– served as a fitting precursor for what’s to come this fall.