The good vibes, they are available in ample helpings on Hamartia’s latest single “Lunar Bay.” The jazz/art-rockers are pleased to be back with brand new material, their first of 2021 after their impressive 2020 output, which included the singles “Stone Cold Stunner,” “I Felt That,” and “A Tarantula Hawk Lives Inside Me.”
“Lunar Bay” is your first tasting from the band’s brand new EP, Old Comedy, which is still in the works, but looking at a fall release date. Expressing a lot of positive sentiment, the single is about finding someone new in your life that just floors you in the best way possible. You completely fall for them and there’s nothing you can do about it. The lyrics allude to moments of joy and euphoria within aquatic and moonlit metaphors, which were inspired by the successful video game series Ecco the Dolphin. Songwriting inspiration can come from the places you least expect, and “Lunar Bay” is living proof of that.
In reference to the song, lead singer and guitarist, Ethan Schrupp said, “‘Lunar Bay’ is a song about finding another person and falling head over heels in love with them. The main riff was inspired by math rock, à la Hikes, and the cyclical, rolling chords in the choruses were inspired by the song ‘Birdland’ by Weather Report.”
It’s been now about three years since Schrupp rallied together with his brothers in music, drummer Zach Melvin, bassist Joey Talbott, Max Tessenholtz on keys, and Kera Krause on saxophone. Hamartia came together rather organically, after some other bands Schrupp was working on didn’t come together as planned. After getting to know each other musically, the band started to record for the first time in 2019, which proceeded well until the pandemic shut things down for them. Now that things have settled down, they’ve again made progress in the studio, with Old Comedy on the way soon.
For three years has Hamartia been drawing it up and waiting patiently for the right time to unleash their musical grandeur on the masses. That time has come, which means it’s time for us to take it all in and appreciate the emergence of Hamartia.