Luna Amară

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Luna Amară
Mihnea Blidariu with Luna Amara live on stage.jpg
Background information
Origin Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
Genres Alternative rock, Alternative metal
Years active 2000–present
Labels A&A Records, Roton
Associated acts Kumm, Travka, Ombladon, Andy Ghost
Website www.luna-amara.ro
Members Mihnea Blidariu
Răzvan Ristea
Sorin Moraru
Nick Făgădar
Şerban Onţanu-Crăciun
Past members Mihnea Andrei Ferezan
Vali Deac
Gheorghe Farcaş

Luna Amară is a Romanian alternative rock/grunge band. The name means "Bitter Moon" in Romanian, and is borrowed from the Roman Polanski movie of the same name, inspired by the eponymous novel written by Pascal Bruckner.

History[edit]

The band was formed by Nick Făgădar (vocals, guitar) and Gheorghe Farcaş (bass guitar) in Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, in September 1999. The initial name of the band was Tanagra Noise. In 2000 they changed it to the current name, Luna Amară. The band has played on stage over 200 times in the past five years, throughout Romania. As a live act, this Romanian five-piece outfit has a style that combines heavy metal with alternative rock. Luna Amara was the first Romanian band to introduce the trumpet sound into an Alternative Rock style.[1]

All the artists in the band want to dedicate their lives to promote and support a modern European society in Romania - their lyrics have often a political message.[2] Luna Amară is also involved in ecological projects such as "Save Vama Veche" (protecting the endangered seahorses), "Save Roşia Montană" (protecting the wildlife and natural surroundings of a mountain area from cyanide poisoning) and social awareness projects, such as the recent "Vote for Them" tour, organized to convince young adults to vote (for them).

"Luna Amară" is currently one of Romania's most successful groups from the new wave of rock acts.[3] Luna Amară was the top selling artist in a national chain of music stores (Hollywood Music & Film) from July until September 2004. The "Folclor" ("Folklore"), "Gri Dorian" ("Dorian Grey"), "Roşu aprins" ("Scarlet") and "Ego nr. 4" singles reached number one in airplay charts at local radio stations around the country[citation needed].

In January 2006 they released the album "Loc lipsă" (Missing Place). The band performed a 40 dates tour all over Romania in clubs and open air locations as well as shows in the Netherlands, Germany, Bulgaria and Turkey. For the 2nd time consecutively, Luna Amară has been invited to play live at Sziget Festival in Budapest.

After two very well-sold albums, in 2009 Luna Amară has recorded a third one, "Don't Let Your Dreams Fall Asleep", where the acoustic side of the band is especially underlined. This album contains 9 songs in English and 3 in Romanian. "Don't Let Your Dreams Fall Asleep" was praised in such cultural magazines as Dilema Veche[4] and some of their singles, such as "Chihlimbar", remained number one on several charts for quite a long time, such as for 4 weeks in June and July 2009 in Cityfm's Romtop.[5]

Discography[edit]

  1. "Gri Dorian" ("Grey Dorian")
  2. "Oraș" ("City")
  3. "Asfalt" ("Asphalt")
  4. "Ego nr. 4" ("Ego No. 4")
  5. "Roșu aprins" ("Bright red")
  6. "Your Garden"
  7. "Mara (acoustic)"
  8. "Dizident" ("Dissident")
  9. "Antidot" ("Antidote")
  10. "Folclor" ("Folklore")
  11. "Simplify My Spider"
  12. "Stare de grație"("State of grace")
  13. "Tanagra Noise"
  14. "Unfed"
  15. "Ciudat (acoustic)" ("Strange")
  1. "Loc lipsă" (with Ombladon) ("Missing place")
  2. "Întunecare" ("Darkening")
  3. "Se întamplă-n România" (with Andy Ghost)("It happens in Romania")
  4. "Albastru" ("Blue")
  5. "Luni de fiere" ("Months of sorrow")
  6. "La Vedere" ("In the limelight")
  7. "Lume Oarbă" ("Blind world")
  8. "Downtown Jesus"
  9. "Umbră.Copil" ("Shadow.Child")
  10. "Somn" ("Sleep")
  11. "În Cercuri" ("In Circles")
  12. "Cui și spin" ("Nail and thorn")
  13. "Happiness Provider"
  14. "Din valuri ard" (with Mihai Iordache) ("Of waves I burn")
  1. "Into Another"
  2. "Transitions"
  3. "Chihlimbar" ("Amber")
  4. "Unghii de drac" ("Devil nails")
  5. "True Sunshine"
  6. "Deadends"
  7. "No Return"
  8. "Kill the Dancer"
  9. "Hunt the Wire"
  10. "Floodmoses"
  11. "Little Sun"
  12. "Mara (2008)"
  1. "În gol" ("Into the void")
  2. "Bathtub glory"
  3. "Versus"
  4. "Când totul a murit tăcut" ("When everything died in silence")
  5. "În tine tu" ("You in yourself")
  6. "În lumină" ("In the light")
  7. "Doar gândul" ("Only the thought")
  8. "Pietre în alb" ("Stones in white")
  9. "Are we happy now"
  10. "Glow"
  11. "Monkey retail"
  12. "Oameni noi" ("New people")
  13. "Toți la fel" ("Everybody the same")

Videos[edit]

  • Roşu aprins (March 2002)
  • Gri Dorian (October 2002; MTV Romania Exclusive Video)
  • Ego Nr. 4 (June 2004)
  • Folclor (December 2004)
  • Loc lipsă (January 2006)
  • Chihlimbar (2009)
  • Pietre In Alb (February 2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Article in Metalstorm Retrieved March 15, 2010
  2. ^ Chronique de Guillaume Battin on France-info Retrieved March 15, 2010
  3. ^ Article in Romania Libera / Liternet which calls them "cea mai importantă apariţie din rockul românesc recent" - "the most important Romanian rock-band nowadays" Retrieved March 15, 2010
  4. ^ Article on "Don't Let Your Dreams Fall Asleep" in Dilema Veche Retrieved March 15, 2010
  5. ^ Romtop at Cityfm Retrieved March 15, 2010

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