L.S. Dunes: “We needed a place to put our hearts and souls, musically, during the pandemic”

L.S. Dunes
(Image credit: Mark Beemer)

On the surface, L.S. Dunes appears to be the post-hardcore supergroup of our wildest dreams: Anthony Green (of Circa Survive) on vocals, with Frank Iero (of My Chemical Romance) and Travis Stever (of Coheed And Cambria) on guitars, rounded out by Thursday’s Tim Payne on bass and Tucker Rule on drums. Their just-released debut album is titled Past Lives, and their first live set went down at the epochal Riot Fest – even the most outlandish of fan-fiction writers couldn’t make this up.

Catching up with Stever, though, we learned quickly that L.S. Dunes don’t really identify with the “supergroup” label – nor any of the stereotypes that come along with it. The band wasn’t formed to cash in on its members’ individual fame, and although there a glimmers of their signature styles strewn across Past Lives – My Chem’s melodic angst on ‘Like Forever’, Coheed’s mathy grit on ‘2022’, Thursday’s searing bite on ‘Permanent Rebellion’ – this truly is the work of an outfit galvanised by its own uniqueness.

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…