A rock band that’s been together for over a decade might seem like one well-oiled machine. But as guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Tyler Green of Oakland’s Lumerians noted in a recent conversation, sometimes it’s all about how a group handles it when things inevitably go wrong on stage.
“Sometimes you’ll have gear failure,” he says with gentle amusement. “A kick drum pedal will come detached. But we’ve gotten so comfortable with the parts that we can stretch something out and it seems like, ‘It’s totally part of the show! We’re just exploring the section!’”
Even a quick listen to their albums makes it clear why Lumerians have a reputation for exploration. Since their self-titled debut EP in 2007, the quartet has taken a deep dive into all areas of psychedelic and experimental rock 'n' roll. Their live performances often feature blasts of zoned-out feedback and mysterious, murky synth trips that make the old '60s term ‘space rock’ make sense all over again.
After a four-year hiatus from releasing music, Lumerians return on June 22 with their newest studio album, Call of the Void, out on London’s Fuzz Club label. The quartet consists of guitarists and multi-instrumentalists Green and Jason Miller, as well as Marc Melzer on bass and synth and Chris Musgrave on drums and percussion.