New rock supergroup L.S. Dunes released their first album, Past Lives on Nov. 11, 2022 through Fantasy Records. With the band consisting of some of rock’s biggest musicians, it’s no surprise that fans’ anticipation for the album has grown.
Composed of vocalist Anthony Green of Circa Survive and Saosin, guitarist Frank Iero from My Chemical Romance, drummer Tucker Rule and bassist Tim Payne of Thursday, and Coheed and Cambria guitarist Travis Stever, each of these musicians come from well-known bands; nonetheless, they have banded together to form L.S. Dunes. Forming during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, L.S. Dunes virtually wrote and recorded their tracks while trying to keep the project a secret until the grand announcement of their inclusion in the 2022 Riot Fest lineup.
After setting up in-home studios Payne, Iero, Rule, and Stever began their practice sessions virtually. Upon putting together their song, “Antibodies,” Rule knew the track would fit Anthony Green’s vocals.
This process continued— the band worked on more tracks and asked Green to sing without telling him who else was in the band. After rehearsing in-person for the first time, the band wrote two more songs which ended up being part of the album as the tracks, “Permanent Rebellion” and “Sleep Cult.”
L.S Dunes then took their songs to Philadelphia to record the album with the help of producer Will Yip, who has worked with other well-known bands such as Turnstile and Quicksand.
Teasing the band’s formation, the members began posting on the @LSDunes Instagram page, which quickly gained 43.2 K followers after the release of their debut single, “Permanent Rebellion,” which currently has 1,780,736 listeners on Spotify. The Instagram page constantly reshares fan artwork and a weekly personal video from Rule called “Tucker Thursday’s.”
To celebrate the album’s release, the band did a pop-up show at Fingerprints Music in Long Beach, California. In front of a crowd of 250 fans, L.S. Dunes performed tracks like “Permanent Rebellion,” “Grey Veins,” “Past Lives,” and “2022,” which happens to be Green’s favorite track on the record.
In an interview with Consequence.net, Green said, “Every time I get to the verses of that song, I get a lump in my throat like I said too much.”
He added, “‘2022’ is a reflection of the patience required by a person during the process of recovery, overriding that conditioning of immediate gratification.”
However, their pop-up show in California wasn’t their first performance together. The group played their first show at Riot Fest in Chicago just a few months ago in September. From wearing a tiara on stage to crowd surfing, Green’s energy bounced from the stage to the crowd. Although the members of L.S. Dunes also play with other bands, they plan to this band’s success a priority. At festivals such as Aftershock and Riot Fest, some of the members had to play the show more than once. At one point, Rule had to take a boat and a van to play the album release show in Long Beach, California the day after playing a show with Thursday on the Emo’s Not Dead cruise which sailed from Los Angeles, California to Ensenada, Mexico.
L.S. Dunes will perform in Asbury Park on Nov. 25 at Asbury Lanes as well as New York City at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY on Nov. 29. These are shows you won’t want to miss from this new supergroup. See you in the mosh pit!