This week, I’m going to introduce you to the best new band of 2010 you never heard about: Lumos + Nox. This two-person band from somewhere in the US, like, Ohio or one of the other boring states, jumped into the scene in early 2010 with what I regarded as a big splash – a new band with an interesting concept and a great first track. I expected great things from then. Unfortunately, after releasing three songs they completely disappeared, leaving us with a few good songs and a lot of unfulfilled promise.
So, what is Lumos + Nox, and what made them so unique? Well, long-time readers know that I have a particular penchant for fanfic-as-song – tracks about things that didn’t really happen in the books, or new perspectives on the series, basically, many of the great things about fanfic itself, except in more concise, musical form. For example, my previous look at Fawkes trumpeted his great exploration into this concept with his two-parter about Wizards Fighting Robots (!!!!!!!!).
However, Lumos + Nox did what to my recollection no other band did, and certainly no other band did as well – come up with two original characters, and musically explore the lives of two normal Hogwarts students living in the shadows of giants, as the background to history in the making. While such concepts usually make for rather boring fanfic and just an excuse for the author’s self insert to make out with Sirius Black or seduce Snape or whatever, it made for eminently listenable wizard rock. (more…)