After signing with Elektra
, they debuted with the LP Lunapark, which earned comparison to Wareham
's Galaxie 500
output for his continued reliance on laconic, Lou Reed
-inspired vocals and minimalist songcraft. In truth, however, Luna employed more uptempo rhythms and sharper melodies than its predecessor, a point further driven home by the 1994 masterpiece Bewitched. Featuring a new second guitarist in Sean Eden, the LP also included a guest appearance from the Velvet Underground
's legendary Sterling Morrison, who added his distinctive guitar presence to tracks like "Friendly Advice" and "Great Jones Street." Another guest, Stereolab
's Laetitia Sadier
, turned up to duet with Wareham
on a cover of the Serge Gainsbourg
classic "Bonnie and Clyde" for the follow-up, 1995's Penthouse. Minus Demeski, Luna resurfaced in 1997 with Pup Tent.
Just prior to releasing their fifth full-length, The Days of Our Nights, Elektra
dropped the band. Eventually landing on the Jericho
label, Luna finally issued the album in the U.S. in the fall of 1999. The new millennium saw many changes for the band. Founding bassist Justin Harwood departed, moving back to his native New Zealand to spend time raising his baby girl. Ben Lee
bassist Britta Phillips
replaced Harwood after touring with Luna during a spring 2000 tour. Their first concert album, Luna Live, recorded at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. in December 1999 and the Knitting Factory in New York in July 2000, was issued in early 2001.
In 2004, after announcing their impending retirement, Luna released Rendezvous, their seventh record. They officially disbanded a year later following a tour. To commemorate their tenure, Luna issued the 17-song retrospective The Best of Luna on Rhino in June 2006. A digital-only collection of covers entitled Lunafied, as well as the DVD version of their Matthew Buzzell-directed tour documentary, Tell Me Do You Miss Me, both arrived in June.
Following Luna's breakup, Wareham
stayed busy contributing to the soundtrack of director Noah Baumbach's film The Squid and the Whale and releasing a second Dean & Britta
album, the Visconti
-produced Back Numbers, in 2007. They were also married around this time. The duo then collaborated on 2010's 13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests, for which they toured with a multimedia presentation. In 2014, Wareham
released his debut full-length solo album, and then paired once again with Phillips
to score another Baumbach film, 2015's Mistress America. A year later, Phillips
released her debut solo effort, Luck or Magic.
In 2017, Luna reunited for a covers album, A Sentimental Education, and a six-song EP of newly penned original instrumentals, A Place of Greater Safety. They also embarked on a tour of Spain and North America. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi