Today's Music Diaries comes from Lunar Quiet who have the most difficult story in Rock and Roll to tell. Like some of the greatest bands of all time; Nirvana and Joy Division to name but a few, Lunar Quiet have lost their enigmatic front man Tom Knights too early. Here's the life of Lunar Quiet as told by guitarist and co-founder Ben Thompson...
"Lunar Quiet began in the late Autumn of 2015. Tom Knights and I began jamming and formed as a bedroom project. We were writing little dream pop Lo-Fi songs, drawing inspiration from the likes of Beach Fossils, DIIV, My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth, The Cure, and many more. After writing what was to be our first single Endless Migraine, Tom and I set out to look for other members to form a full band and take our aspirations further. Around early December we found George Miles through mutual friends. Straight away we connected and he became our drummer within the first practice. Then, around early January, Lena Pilshofer joined on bass and immediately began as a full band and became Lunar Quiet.
Instantly, Tom became the focal point of the band, not only because of his talent to write songs, but his passion, emotion and desire was beyond anything we had ever witnessed as individuals or musicians. He lived and breathed music, every spare time he got he spent writing, listening, watching and exploring music. He wrote countless poems, lyrics, and quotes in books that was just filled with absolute genius. Tom was one of those people that really brought the best out of you and he brought the best out of us not only creatively but as people".
"Music was his therapy and his nirvana, and it was in the late summer and early October we wrote our most important songs"
"Tom and I wrote and jammed as much as we could, whenever we could. We would take our ideas to rehearsals and show Lena and George, where we would then turn each idea into songs. About 60% of Lunar Quiet practise’s were disasters, mostly because of Tom’s incredible passion, something that you have to step back and realise just how creative and how incredibly talented he was. This abundance of creativity drove him to many breakdowns, often storming out, kicking things, shouting and always breaking strings (something Tom did almost every time he played guitar). He strived for perfection. Though he never once said anything bad towards us, nor would he direct his anger towards us. Tom was the kindest, most loyal and loving person you could ever meet".
"40% of good practises we did have, well they were bloody good! But it was becoming very noticeable, especially in the last few months we had with Tom, that his battle with mental health issues was taking a toll on him; but music was his therapy and his nirvana, and it was in the late Summer and early October we wrote our most important songs. Firstly She’s Septic, and then the last song we wrote as a band Happy Couple, a song which Tom, and all of us, felt we had reached the direction we wanted to get to from the start. It was a song which summed up Lunar Quiet, a song that summed us up as individuals and summed up Tom".
"In time we will carry on our music together, but as a new project, leaving Lunar Quiet to live on in Tom's name"
"We were making plans to record these songs early next year as a small EP, however it was on the 23rd of October this year that with a heavy heart we lost our dear Tom. A shock and tragedy to all his friends, family, and loved ones. Something we will all never forget, and a person who we will all never forget. Someone who will live on in all our hearts forever. Tom will continue to inspire us everyday. In time we will carry on our music together, but as a new project, leaving Lunar Quiet to live on in Tom's name.
We have phone recordings of our last songs She’s Septic and Happy Couple, and plan to hopefully use them for something in the future as well. We are also putting a special charity memorial gig on in our hometown of Brighton which is dedicated to Tom Knights. We will have all our close friends bands playing the night and will be selling Art and Lunar Quiet merchandise too. For now, sleep well Tom, we love and miss you everyday. Until the next song, rest peacefully".