There are a lot of ways that artists work together, but one of the most complicated, and sometimes one of the most rewarding, is being in a band. Everybody in the band has their own vision, their own creative ideas, and their own complicated complications, and bringing that all together is always a work in progress, especially since ‘together’ means right down to the sixteenth note, all night long.
Lunar Chiefs started bringing it all together about two years ago, putting together a musically rich three piece take on some originals and some carefully chosen classic tracks. Early on, they decided that the visual quality of their performance, the experience they bring to an audience, would be a big focus of their creativity. They’re appearing this Sunday (October 8 at 12:00 noon) at the Midwest Musicians Unite for Hurricane Relief benefit at The Original Sundance Saloon, and that made it a good time for Dancer Music to get an inside look at Lunar Chiefs and this Sunday’s Hurricane Relief benefit. For that, we tracked down Lunar Chiefs founding member and bass player Dank Wellington, and here’s what we heard —
Our philosophy as a three piece band is that the limitations of the smaller arrangement offer an open canvas to make songs our own. It demands more involved musicianship and creative solutions to make big songs sound big.
We formed Lunar Chiefs with the vision of a full concert that that can be packed up and brought anywhere. We believe that a band should entertain, and a big part of that is stagecraft.