Luminous Crush record release show at Wardsboro Town Hall


WARDSBORO >> On Saturday Luminous Crush will perform in Wardsboro to celebrate the release of the band's album Lumina.

Members Ben Campbell and Laura Molinelli are just as at home with acoustic guitars and mandolins as they are with drum kits and amplifiers. It will be the amplified band coming to Wardsboro's Town Hall - the first of several Record Release shows around the state, delivering sweet, soaring harmonies as they perform original Dream Pop tunes. Luminous Crush (think shimmering passion - but not the fleeting kind) is comprised of Molinelli on vocals and guitar/ukulele, Campbell on vocals and guitar, Christian Heins on bass, and Adam Barker on drums. Molinelli, Campbell and Heins are also members of the southern Vermont-based bluegrass band The Bondville Boys.

All tunes on Lumina were composed by Molinelli and Campbell this past winter. Although they love playing bluegrass, both grew up listening to rock and pop music. Luminous Crush provides them with an alternative creative musical outlet, as purveyors of Dream Pop. (According to Wikipedia, Dream Pop is a subgenre of alternative rock, typified by atmosphere and texture as much as melody. Journalist John Bergstrom credits George Harrison's All Things Must Pass album's wall of sound and fluid arrangement as an influence on Dream Pop.) In the Seven Days review, Amelia Devoid says of Lumina, "Shimmery guitar rhythms wind between intricate, arpeggiated synth melodies and ambient details to create an atmospheric opus" and "While the most obvious dreamlike qualities of Lumina stem from the ample use of celestial reverb and gentle delay effects, the album is also dreamlike in its imaginative composition.....Campbell and Molinelli explore their knowledge of theory through an infinite soundscape. The result is a beautifully polished album that, just beneath its gossamer veil, is secretly bedroom pop."

Multi-instrumentalist Campbell toured for two years with Circus Smirkus as a member of the House Band and has collaborated with a number of Vermont's musical luminaries, including Anais Mitchell, Michael Chorney and Caleb Elder. He has been praised by Dan Bolles, music editor at Seven Days, as "insatiably curious and wildly multifaceted."

Singer/songwriter Molinelli has been a part of the New York and New England music scene for the past 15 years. She has released five albums, and shared the stage with Lucinda Williams, Dar Williams, The Band, NRBQ, The Samples, Rebecca Hall, Lou Gramm (former lead singer for Foreigner) and "The Legendary Lead Singers of the Temptations". The Rutland Herald notes that she "writes with intense imagery and emotion".

Lumina is fully self-produced; CDs will be available at Saturday's concert. And, only available at the record release shows will be a limited number of vinyl editions of Lumina.

This Record Release show is being presented by Wardsboro Curtain Call at Wardsboro Town Hall on Main Street, Wardsboro. Admission is $10 at the door. The show will begin at 7 p.m; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served in a "cafe" atmosphere; this is a BYOB (beer and wine) event. Note that dancing is strongly encouraged.

Wardsboro Curtain Call's next show will be with singer/songwriter Sarah McQuaid on Thursday, Oct. 20. For more information about the Luminous Crush performance or Wardsboro Curtain Call, call 896-6810 or email or visit Visit for more about the band.


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