On being dubbed "the future of doom" by influential Terrorrizer the Alunah jumped to the mouths of the world. And is not the case for less: Hoarhoud White, the band's second album Brirmingham, has all the makings to become a classic, though, tells us how the guitarist and vocalist Soph Day, the Alunah be much more than a simple banda of doom.
Hi! Thank you for answer to Via Nocturna’s questions. First of all, who are Alunah? Can you introduce the band to Portuguese fans?
Hey! We're a heavy rock band (some say doom metal, some say stoner metal... but basically a heavy rock band), from various areas near Birmingham, England. We've been around since 2006 and have just released our second album "White Hoarhound" on PsycheDOOMelic Records.
One of the most curiosity things is your name! What’s the meaning of Alunah?
Originally we were spelt Aluna, and were initially named after a Mindfunk song. We quickly came to realise that there were various other definitions of the word, all centred around mother nature, that fit us perfectly. It's the name of a tidal powered moon clock and also a principle of the Kogi people, a genuine lost civilisation hidden on a remote pyramid mountain in Colombia. We then had a problem with the copyright regarding another band called Aluna around 2008, so we added the 'h' and in retrospect we much prefer the spelling whilst still maintaining the pronunciation.
White Hoarhound is already your second release. What differences can you tell to your debut?
We wrote "Call of Avernus", our debut, over the course of 3-4 years and there are many different sounds and styles on the album. With "White Hoarhound", we wrote it over a year and had a firm idea of the sound we wanted to create. I think you can tell that it flows better, the sounds have evolved and it has a more solid direction.
How was the recording process this time?
We recorded with Greg Chandler (SerpentCult, Moss) at Priory Studios again. We were so happy and comfortable with our debut that we wanted to work with him again, he's in Esoteric so he has a good idea of what we want to create. This time we mixed and mastered with Tony Reed (St. Vitus), we met him when his band Stone Axe came over to England, but have known him since we featured on the same Catacomb Records compilation with his other band Mos Generator. Tony contributed not just the production, but he also played some Hammond Organ and Mellatron on the album. He also composed the secret bonus track using our recording from underneath Birmingham's bridges, beside the canals. We've been so happy working with both guys, we're lucky to have had such a great team behind us.
And how you would describe the music in White Hoarhound?
It's really difficult to describe it since we've been listening to it constantly since we recorded in April. I'd say it's darker than our debut, the positive reviews we have been getting say that the song writing has stepped up a gear and I'd agree with that also. We've thought about the songs a lot more, I've also tried to write melodies that are both catchy and melancholy at the same time.
You have received excellent reviews so now. Did you expect that success?
Without sounding egotistical, we knew we'd written a good album as we'd all sit there with shit eating grins on our faces when we played it back. However, the response to it has gone above and beyond our expectations. In the first week of release it made 3 album of the week lists, including for MSN Entertainment which was amazing.
This is a PsycheDOOMelic release, but in the same week you have signed two record deals. Is that right? Can you explain what happened?
Yeah it just so happened that we joined the PsycheDOOMelic roster the day after we'd spoke to Ed Barnard from Doomantia about re-releasing our debut on vinyl. Unfortunately that fell through after we'd announced it. It's a shame but we would still love to release both our debut and White Hoarhound on vinyl. We released a limited edition split 7" vinyl a few years ago on Catacomb Records with Queen Elephantine from Hong Kong and would love to bring our sound to vinyl again. Whilst on the subject of Doomantia, Ed has been an avid supporter of Alunah from day 1, recently he has had some personal problems which if you are a regular visitor to his site you will know about. We have said it before but Ed is such a great man we sincerely hope things start to look up for him.
Recently, Terrorrizer said that you are the “future of doom”. How do you receive these words? They can put in Alunah some extra pressing to the future releases or not?
It was very flattering and I hope we do make some kind of mark on the doom scene. However, doom isn't the only thing we do. We'd love to have recognition for being a band who aren't afraid of trying something new. It took us a while to get taken seriously, its only the past couple of years where I think people have done just that and understood what we're trying to do. There are always going to be "doom purists" out there who don't enjoy what were doing, but we don't write music for them. If people enjoy our music, that's a bonus! For a major "extreme" magazine to give us recognition, that's pretty cool!
Finally, is there anything else you want to say to our readers?
Just thanks to anyone who's taken the time to listen to us, buy our merch or come to a show. Thanks to Via Nocturna for the support and make sure you check out http://www.alunah.co.uk for our latest news and shows. Also http://www.facebook.com/alunah.doom for our ramblings.
Read our Via Nocturna review here: http://vianocturna2000.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/review-white-hoarhound-alunah.html