The first time I saw Lunar Plexus was at a rave in South Boston.
Bored with the lackadaisical house music in the main area, I moved into what
was supposed to be the chill-out room, where Lunar Plexus had just started
playing. Within minutes the band's "tripno pop" music woke up a roomful of
dazed and jaded club kids and ravers, and got them on their feet and dancing.
Lunar Plexus achieve their trippy, sensual aural effect by borrowing liberally
from a variety of genres -- Brit-pop, trip-hop, funk, and electronica. The
band's four members, who met at Berklee College of Music, each bring a
distinctive personality to the mix: Karen Ellis is a charismatic frontwoman
whose voice can shift from a come-hither bedtime murmur to a scorned howl;
Dante Ferrarini provides hard-edged guitars and lounge-core keyboards; Sascha
Kilias delivers Teutonic/funk bass lines; and Gregg Irick's heavy
metal-influenced drums drive the band's sound.
The bandmates' disparate styles come together to create a smoldering, sexy
ambiance, both live and on their first CD, Sweeter (Rabid Iguana).
"We're all really comfortable with our sexuality, and it comes across in our
music," explains Ellis. "We'd love to do a soundtrack for a porn film some
day." The band has accomplished the next best thing by having a song featured
on the soap opera Sunset Beach. The group's sophomore release, Uchu
Rokku Bando, is due out this summer.
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