Luna: Dean Wareham (vocals, guitar); Sean Eden (guitar); Justin Harwood (bass, keyboards, trumpet, guitar); Lee Wall (drums, percussion).
Additional personnel: Jamie Candeloro (mandolin, slide dobro) Jane Scarpantoni (cello); Mike Russell (accordian); Barrett Martin (vibraphone, marimba); Pat McCarthy (percussion).
Personnel: Dean Wareham (vocals, guitar); Justin Harwood (guitar, trumpet, keyboards); Sean Eden (guitar); Jamie Candiloro (dobro, mandolin); Jane Scarpantoni (cello); Mike Russell (accordion); Barrett Martin (vibraphone, marimba); Lee Wall (drums, percussion); Patrick McCarthy (sound effects).
Audio Mixer: Patrick McCarthy.
Recording information: Baby Monster; Big House; Pachyderm; RPM; Sear Sound Studios, New York, NY.
Photographers: David Levinthal; Jill Greenberg.
Though they began as a lower-case Velvet Underground, Luna has definitely progressed through the years. On PUP TENT, the band's sound incorporates country music, classic jazz bass riffs, and effects-heavy guitar. The album also betrays the influence of late-'80s/early '90s British pop bands like the Charlatans U.K., The Stone Roses, and Ride. Surprisingly, the collage of styles on PUP TENT holds together well. Instead of mixing together twenty genres of music within a single ten-second splice, Luna's explorations shift from one contemporary rock genre to another, creating just the right texture.
Rolling Stone (8/21/97, p.110) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...Wareham's wordplay is as subtle and affecting as the group's interplay....he sprinkles his relationship songs with vivid, scene-setting snapshots..."
Entertainment Weekly (8/8/97, p.79) - "...The band's increasingly assured songcraft is filtered through the mood-drenched sensibilities frontman Dean Wareham learned a long time ago in a Galaxie far, far away. The effect is blissfully disorienting--like awakening from an afternoon nap." - Rating: A
Option (11-12/97, p.105) - "...Luna's charm lies in that they can flip from one influence to another without a break in stride....they make records that keep the listener suspended between moods, unsure if the music makes you achingly sad or strangely comforted..."
Melody Maker (8/9/97, p.50) - "...dive into this tributary to the mainstream and you're likely to come up with your ear bitten off....their third step on the haiku path to heaven..."