Hi Jacob, We were originally called Aluna but were hit with some legal threats from another band, so we changed it to Alunah, purely so it could be pronounced the same and we also liked how the word looked itself. Our drummer came up with Aluna which was named after a Mindfunk song, and when we looked into it we realised it had many links to the natural world, something that I was and am still interested in, therefore a perfect name for us.
“Solennial” album released on March 17th via Svart records. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
We’re really exciting about the release, as we recorded it a long time ago now, in September 2016, so we’re really ready for everyone to hear it now. There are always things I want to change or add to our recordings but we have time restraints so it is not possible. Even now, when I sing along to the tracks, I come up with new backing vocal ideas and wish I’d included them, but saying that, I think ‘Solennial’ is the most complete album we have written, and the one I am most happy with.
Tell me more about “Solennial”? Album ideas etc…
I came up with the lyrics, song titles, theme ideas and track order before we actually wrote the music. The theme in each song follows on from the previous track, to form a complete circle and to form a complete story. I’d like listeners to identify what each track means to them rather than me unveiling it for them, but there is a very clear theme running throughout.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
Lyric-wise I take inspiration from the natural world, paganism, folk stories and history. Music-wise we give nods to Black Sabbath, Ahab, and Paradise Lost amongst many others. During the writing of this album I was listening to Crippled Black Phoenix, Hozier, Joe Volk, Rose Kemp, Myrkur, Black Mountain, Darkher, Hexvessel and Pallbearer.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Alunah’s sound?
A recent reviewer called us Heavy Earth Music which I think is just perfect.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
We’re busy rehearsing the tracks ready for tour, as we’ll be playing ‘Solennial’ in full and in track order every night. We probably won’t start seriously thinking about new music until later in the year.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
Other than those mentioned previously, we each have many different influences from the classic rock, soul, blues, Motown, death metal, doom and heavy metal genres. We try not to be influenced too much by other bands, but it’s difficult to avoid sometimes.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
I wanted to work with Charlotte Nicholls for many years, after being friends with her and hearing her work with Crippled Black Phoenix and Portishead. I’m so happy she is on ‘Solennial’ as I feel her cello parts add a whole new dimension to the album.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
I don’t think we really have a strategy, but we’re very active in promoting our own music and touring the album is a must.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
My first love is art and design; I studied Graphic Design at university and am a designer full time. I’ve started getting into jewellery design recently too.
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
Yes, our family are very supportive of us.
How’s the metal scene in your part of UK right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
There are many good bands all over the UK, Birmingham doesn’t have much in the way of music that I would want to listen to at the moment, but in terms of getting gigs and buying records, we live in a good part of the world for that.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!