For those who haven’t heard of Modra Luna before, how would you describe your style?
We find it difficult to pin our style down as there’s a wide variety of influences within the band. We’ve been likened to an early Alt-J or an early Pink Floyd as well as bands like Queens of the Stone Age, Vampire Weekend, even The Kooks! So there really is a whole mix of stuff. We’re an Indie/Alternative rock with a touch of psychedelia. Our guitarist, Jack, once said we’re what happens ‘If Bombay Bicycle Club had spent their youth listening to desert rock…’ We all thought that was pretty accurate.
Who is in the band and how did you all meet?
We are a four piece, Seth Tonkin on lead vocals and guitar, Jack Ewins on guitar, Daniel Nunan on bass and all sorts of synths and Domokos Wootsch on drums.
We all used to work together as stewards the Royal Albert Hall where our common interest and passion for music came to the surface pretty quickly between checking some tickets and delivering top quality customer service.
Seth released a solo song titled ‘Levant’, once Dom heard that he brought him around for a jam and shortly after Jack and Dan got involved… and Modra Luna was born.
You recently released your latest single Broken Toys. Is this a hint at more new music on the way?
We are releasing another single on the 10th of April, called Cure. We are especially excited to have this song out as it is very close to our hearts.
Although no concrete dates have been decided we are getting back into to studio in the next few months and hoping to release a couple of more songs throughout the year. We are constantly writing and coming up with new ideas, so it’s just about selecting the ones that will work well as singles.
What does Broken Toys mean to you?
Seth: To me a ‘broken toy’ paints up the image of something that’s been discarded or is unwanted. I often find myself saying things like ‘I don’t belong here’ or ‘I’m not good enough’ creating barriers that I’ve put up myself and in most cases aren’t true. With that comes this sense of frustration, wanting to try again, or get over something without being able to because I feel like a ‘broken toy’. And I feel like besides these self-built barriers, these are being built for us by today’s society creating even more frustration.
To us it’s a really exciting release as musically it shows off a different side to us and has paved a bit of a way forward in terms of the stuff we’re writing at the minute. It was a collaborative effort and because of that you can hear everyone’s individual influences creating something really unique. We feel our separate parts are very different but put together they creat something slightly unusual.
Can we expect any music videos?
We are pretty camera shy but it is in the plans!
What is your songwriting process? How do you overcome any barriers?
Usually one of us comes in with an idea, sometimes fully formed, sometimes just a verse and a chorus and we work on it from there. Quite often the idea evolves into something different to what we originally intended and that makes it more exciting and a whole lot more interesting to listen to. This was definitely the case with Broken Toys. In terms of overcoming barriers we just try any and every suggestion. We don’t shut any ideas down until we’ve tried doing it at least once. A lot of the time it comes down to a conversation about how we hear the song, figuring out intentions, dynamics, trying to have that outside perspective. It helps that we’re quite open with each other and nurture each other’s creative energies, so there’s always space to play and try things out.
Any plans to play any gigs or festivals?
We’re currently in the semi-final of Hot Vox’s New Blood Competition, so if all goes to plan, you’ll be able to see us at the Isle of White Festival this summer!
Other than that, we’re focusing to play live shows as much as possible and get more opportunities outside London. We are hoping to get the attention of showcase festivals such as The Great Escape, Isle Of White or Sound City soon but our main focus this year is to reach new audiences by touring and releasing.
Where can we find out more about you?
You can follow us Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by searching @modralunaband.
You can also check out our website https://www.modraluna.com where you can join our mailing list. If you ever find yourself at a Modra Luna gig, come and chat us. We always love to meet people!
Anything else you would like to tell us?
2020 is set to be a very exciting year for us and we’d like to thank anyone who’s shown us support. Keep listening to Broken Toys on your preferred streaming platform and keep an eye out for us. You’ll be able to catch us in Bristol before the end of the year! Cheers for the Interview Ted!
I’d like to thank Dom for taking the time to answer my questions and wish him and the band the best of luck for the next year!