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Alternative Rockers Lunden Reign Release Poignant New Single & Video “Red Wagon (Can’t Return To Yesterday)”

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Alternative Rockers Lunden Reign Release Poignant New Single & Video
“Red Wagon (Can’t Return To Yesterday)”

Los Angeles – Lunden Reign’s recent CrueFest concert at the world famous Whisky A Go-Go in West Hollywood proved to be yet another powerhouse show. While sharing the stage with heavy hitters L.A. Story, Westfield Massacre and Blacklist Union, Nikki & Laura along with bassist Matt Denis, Julian Tomarin (guitar) and Matt Lucich (drums) brought that unmistakable Lunden Reign vibe to the Whisky and the packed house it entertained.

Their set rocked out with 4 brand new songs set to release on their upcoming album including the title track “Confessions” and “Red Wagon”. Nikki wooed those packed tight up to the stage with “Stardust Daze” and topped it off with the edgy and environmentally charged “Fate of the World”, bringing tears to the eyes of several fans.

Their just released first single and video “Red Wagon (Can’t Return To Yesterday)” is the first of 10 songs from “Confessions”. Both the song and video have been submitted and accepted for Grammy consideration in “BEST VIDEO” and “BEST NEW SINGLE” categories.

Says Nikki, “I’m really thrilled about this next record. “Red Wagon” is a powerhouse, and a couple of the other songs hit me super hard which makes them easy to perform emotionally. I hope that what we did at the Whisky recently will transcend into the studio – performances like that are what I hope to share with our fans. If you close your eyes and listen, if you feel like your with us, then I’ve done my job as the lead singer.”

Watch the video trailer for “Red Wagon”: https://vimeo.com/lundenreign/redwagonpreview ;

Early reviews are already raving that it is clear Lunden Reign is stepping it up yet another notch:

From RAY SHASHO (Classic Rock Hear & Now Radio):
“ ‘Red Wagon (Can’t Return to Yesterday)’ by Lunden Reign is by far the best song and music video to date by one of the finest bands to arrive on the rock music scene since the 90’s. Nikki & Laura Lunden are a seductive badass duo liberating rock to its glory days. Laura’s proficient songwriting and masterful electric licks are driven by Nikki’s amazing vocals and intensity. The girls acquired a similar musical brilliance and tenacity as legends… Heart, Joan Jett, The Bangles, The Go Go’s and Letters to Cleo. And if ‘Red Wagon (Can’t Return to Yesterday)’ is an indication of even better things to come, than their new album to be release at the end of this year entitled ‘Confessions’ should be epic! The song and video are up for Grammy consideration in ‘BEST VIDEO’ and ‘BEST NEW SINGLE’… They’ve got my vote, I truly love this band!”

From CHRIS C. (Bloody Good Music Reviewer):
“Coming off the success of their fantastic debut album, Lunden Reign’s new single, ‘Red Wagon (Can’t Return To Yesterday)’, continues their establishment as one of the best classic rock bands of recent years. With powerful and delicate guitars that are pure rock and roll, and a rousing chorus delivered with Nikki Lunden’s Stevie Nicks meets Sheryl Crow voice, Lunden Reign has lit the fuse that will surely explode in another fantastic album. It’s easy to sound vintage, but hard to sound classic. That’s the rare skill ‘Red Wagon’ is able to achieve.”

From: Warren Kurtz (Contributing Editor Goldmine Music Magazine):
“In 2015, Lunden Reign’s solid ten song debut album American Stranger, featuring ‘Hear Me’, received high praise from fellow Los Angeles female led groups including Terri Nunn from Berlin, Dale Bozzio from Missing Persons and Martha Davis from the Motels, all who achieved national success in the ’80s. Lunden Reign’s new single, ‘Red Wagon (Can’t Return to Yesterday)’, from their upcoming sophomore release ‘Confessions’, invokes a bit of a ’90s blend of powerful Foo Fighters-like guitar work combined with the alternative pop sounds of Letters to Cleo. The song’s producer, and Train’s lead guitarist, Luis Maldonado, also supplies harmonies in addition to doubling the electric guitar impact of Laura Lunden, as fans first heard on American Stranger. Matthew Denis and Matt Lucich provide a solid rhythm section on bass and drums, respectively, and are heard very clearly at the beginning of the bridge on this recording, mastered at Capitol in Hollywood. Lunden Reign’s growing fan base will certainly consider ‘Red Wagon’ to be another winner from this talented new group.”

From: Michael McKenna, (Nor’easter Entertainment Magazine):
Cali’s Lunden Reign has returned with some awesome new material from their upcoming sophomore LP, “Confessions”, the followup to their highly successful debut LP, “American Stranger.” The single opens with high-energy slammin’ guitars and pounding percussion that morphs into the angelic pipes of the ladies who will grab your ass and hold you captive with their melodic, tight harmonies. The chorus is totally infectious and the bridge takes you to another place in a minute and is monstrous. The outro has you thinking more is coming and then slaps you upside the head. Laura and Nikki Lunden give the listener more than they bargain for with their tight vox and Luis Maldonado’s vox and guitar adds that perfect balance. The musicians are totally spot-on from Matthew Denis on bottom to Matt Lucich on skins to the jammin riffs. I like the fact that it is upbeat with a driving beat which makes for a great dance tune at a rock club. This track is a KILLER CUT! I look forward to hearing the remainder of the LP. This single is a MUST LISTEN. On the Nor’easter Storm Scale, I give this a FORCE 4! WELL DONE!

Lunden Reign is composed of two core members: Nikki Lunden (Lead Vocals/Guitar/Composer) and Laura Espinoza-Lunden (Guitar/Composer). Producer Luis Maldonado joins as guitarist on select shows and the duo tours with some of LA’s top musicians including: Matt Denis (bass) & Matt Lucich (drums). Lunden Reign’s music is described as ‘Big Beat Alternative Rock’ or ‘Modern Classic Rock’. Some say it’s the signature album for “ROCK’s REBIRTH”. The band’s debut concept album “American Stranger” was released on Cleopatra Records March 17, 2015 and began receiving world-wide critical acclaim almost immediately. The 10 original songs are scored with layers of haunting melodies, uplifting guitar riffs blended with a sharp edge and a massive beat.

Laura Espinoza-Lunden’s innovative synth guitar riffs along with Nikki Lunden’s voice have been at the foreground for the two front women to define the Lunden Reign sound, enhanced by long time producer & co-writer Luis Maldonado (Train, Lisa Marie Presley). The trio are thrilled to have “The Matt’s”, Denis and Lucich, joining them for the sophomore album along with master mix-engineer Devin Hoffman. “Confessions” is tuning up to be a phenomenal release, touching on a bit more personal subjects and addressing some of the more pressing matters of the world. The band is currently in writing and recording sessions finishing up the last few songs and hope to have a release announcement soon.

Their first album “AMERICAN STRANGER” received critical acclaim and made multiple music magazine’s “TOP 10-BEST OF” Lists for 2015. You can hear songs and watch their videos at LundenReign.com.

More Information/Social Sites About Lunden Reign:
http://lundenreign.com
twitter.com/LundenReign
youtube.com/LundenReign
facebook.com/LundenReign
instagram.com/lundenReign

Contact:
Laura Espinoza- Legends International Agency, LLC Beverly Hills 310-746-9106
LegendsKennelly@gmail.com

Press inquiries: Billy James – Glass Onyon PR 828-350-8158 GlassOnyonPR@gmail.com

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Lunden Reign’s Debut Album “American Stranger” Receives Multiple “Best Album/Songs of the Year” Awards for 2015!

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Lunden Reign’s Debut Album “American Stranger” Receives Multiple “Best Album/Songs of the Year” Awards for 2015!

“A bunch of top-notch rock songs that feel both fresh and timeless.” – Chris C., BloodyGoodMusic.com​

Los Angeles – Alternative rock ensemble Lunden Reign’s debut album “American Stranger” was released in March 2015 to critical acclaim across the globe. Along with a multitude of positive reviews worldwide, the album received multiple “Best Album/Song of the Year” Awards in 2015!

“We are truly appreciative and flattered by all the incredible interviews, reviews and airplay we’ve received for our debut album, ‘American Stranger’,” says band leaders Nikki Lunden & Laura Espinoza-Lunden.​ “Now ​we are so humbled and appreciative that ‘American Stranger’ is ​making multiple music magazines year-end top album and song lists​! THANK YOU to those that are helping to support and showcase Lunden Reign’s music and messages to the world!”

Bloody Good Music​’s​​ ​Top Ten Albums of the Year – New York
“Not many bands begin their career with a concept album, but that’s what Lunden Reign did here, and the result is an album that brings the classic Heart sound to a new generation. This is a tightly-wound album of classic rock that features some glorious guitar tones, and well-crafted songs all around. Concept album can also get bogged down in the gimmick, but that doesn’t happen here, as the album can be taken on face value as a bunch of top-notch rock songs that feel both fresh and timeless. It’s the kind of record that’s easy to overlook, but well worth the effort to give it a try. The only thing I can’t speak to is the story of the record, as I was only sent a download without any of the lyrics or liner notes.”
http://www.bloodygoodmusic.tk/2015/12/the-top-ten-albums-of-2015.html

Bloody Good Music​’s​ Top 12 Songs of the Year “Mary” – New York
“This is classic rock done the right way. It sounds like the love child of Heart and Led Zeppelin, and rocks just as much. The way the vocal strains just enough in the chorus drives home the emotion of the song, while the hook has a way of sticking with you more than you’d expect.”
http://www.bloodygoodmusic.tk/2015/12/the-top-twelve-songs-of-2015.html

Highwire Daze Magazine #9 Top Albums of 2015 – Hollywood, CA
The band has an interview in the 25th Anniversary print version which includes the top 10 listing and features photos by rock photographer Jack Lue.

AKADEMIA MUSIC AWARDS “Best Alt Rock Album” – Hollywood, CA
In July, 2015, “American Stranger” was Voted “Best Alt Rock Album” by AKADEMIA MUSIC AWARDS (Hollywood, CA). “Lunden Reign’s album ‘American Stranger’ has all the compositional invention and production competence required for radio greatness – and a frayed emotional filament that travels deep in the hinterlands of true art, as well.”

Also, Lunden Reign’s “Hear Me” will be the first entry in Warren Kurtz “Fabulous 2015 Songs” feature for Goldmine Magazine (Wisconsin), covering 20 songs from 2015.

Says Nikki and Laura, “We believe 2016 for Lunden Reign is going to be an even more incredible year! We are already back in the studio creating our 2nd album ‘Confessions’ and once-again teaming with platinum-selling producer co-writer Luis Maldonado (producer and co-writer of ‘American Stranger’. We also hope to be performing in more festivals around the country this summer and crossing our fingers for increased airplay of our songs. FYI, watch for us as we will be in the audience of the 58th Annual Grammy Awards! Next year we hope we will be on the stage as well! Thank you all for you support!”

The band will be headlining at the legendary Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles on Saturday February 6th! (http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/lunden-reign/) Already some of rock’s legends have joined Lunden Reign on stage including TERRI NUNN of BERLIN, PRESCOTT NILES of THE KNACK and DALE BOZZIO of MISSING PERSONS. Some of these performances are available on YouTube.

Lunden Reign is composed of two core members: Nikki Lunden (Lead Vocals/Guitar/Composer) and Laura Espinoza-Lunden (Guitar/Composer). Producer Luis Maldonado joins as guitarist on select shows and the duo tours with some of LA’s top musicians including: Matt Denis (bass) & Matt Lucich (drums). Lunden Reign’s music is described as ‘Big Beat Alternative Rock’ or ‘Modern Classic Rock’. Some say it’s the signature album for “ROCK’s REBIRTH”. The band’s debut concept album “American Stranger” was released on Cleopatra Records March 17, 2015 and began receiving world-wide critical acclaim almost immediately. The 10 original songs are scored with layers of haunting melodies, uplifting guitar riffs blended with a sharp edge and a massive beat.

Here’s what’s being said about Lunden Reign:

Dale Bozzio (Frank Zappa, Missing Persons): “’American Stranger’ is a masterpiece! Every song is great!”

Terri Nunn (lead singer of Berlin): “Laura is a great songwriter and musician. I listened to (American Stranger) a couple of times. My favorites are ‘LOVE IN FREE FALL,’ ‘HEAR ME’ and ‘THE LIGHT.’ I loved the passion of ‘HEAR ME’ …that’s my most favorite one.”

Prescott Niles (The Knack): “Every so many years an album comes out that redefines modern music. ‘AMERICAN STRANGER’ is that next album. Today the cycle goes full with a long-awaited return to music that touches the soul and embraces the test of time.”

Candice Marshall (BongoBoy TV 6-15) “This is the kind of (video) I would wait up all night for as a young girl with shows like ‘Saturday Night Videos’ and eventually, ‘MTV’. They are quickly becoming a favorite in my collection!”

Ray Shasho (Classic Rock Music Review 3.5.15) “(American Stranger) is an extraordinary-high-energy- esoteric rock gem, integrated with profound lyrical content, that I felt compelled to applause this exciting new progressive-rock powerhouse.”

Gary Brown (ClassicRockRadio.co.uk) “…For a modern rock band publicly described as being, big beat / alternative rock, I decided what we have here is a new rock band with an appreciation for the rock and roll before them. Touching on old school vibes, yet emitting their own fresh, and unique sound.”

Luc Ghyselen (Keys & Chords Magazine/Web Belgium 2.14.15): “’American Stranger’ is one complete story. Lunden Reign brings melodic rock that also fans of mainstream rock and even pop should appeal to.”

Chris C. (Bloody Good Music NY 3.18.15) “’American Stranger’ is a strong outing for a debut album, and a needed statement to redefine the ways we see women in rock music…. Lunden Reign defies expectations, and they’ve made a strong case for themselves. ‘American Stranger’ is a fantastic example of modern classic rock.”

More Information/Social Sites About Lunden Reign:
http://lundenreign.com
twitter.com/LundenReign
youtube.com/LundenReign
facebook.com/LundenReign
instagram.com/lundenReign

Contact:
Laura Espinoza- Legends International Agency, LLC Beverly Hills 310-746-9106
LegendsKennelly@gmail.com

Press inquiries: Billy James – Glass Onyon PR 828-350-8158 GlassOnyonPR@gmail.com


Prog Ensemble Lunden Reign To Release Debut Concept Album ‘American Stranger’

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Prog Ensemble Lunden Reign To Release Debut Concept Album ‘American Stranger’

“ ‘American Stranger’ is a masterpiece! Every song is great!” – Dale Bozzio (Frank Zappa, Missing Persons)

Los Angeles, CA – One of the most eagerly anticipated releases of 2015, the debut concept album by Lunden Reign titled ‘American Stranger’, featuring Lora G and Nikki Lunden, will be released in March. Recorded at Capitol Records in Hollywood, Abbey Road (Studio 2) in London and Stagg Street Studios in LA, Lora and Nikki are joined by platinum-selling producer/composer Luis Maldonado (John Waite, Into The Presence, Lisa Marie Presley), mix engineer Geoff Pearlman (Linda Perry), Morgan Young on drums, Hector Maldonado (bassist for Train) and Cellist Ana Lenchantin (Queens of the Stone Age, The Eels). Lunden Reign was recently chosen as TAXI MUSIC’s ‘Exclusive Artist of the Month’, a great honor from a company with thousands of artists on their roster. (http://www.taximusic.com). Lunden Reign also has signed a distribution deal for ‘American Stranger’ with Cleopatra Records in Los Angeles. The album will be released on March 17, 2015.

Nikki elaborates about the album’s concept, “ ‘American Stranger’ is a complete story from end to end. It was designed to be a sort of ‘rock opera’ about intolerance and those willing to stand up to it as well as those it’s destroying. The central character is ‘Mary’ (song #7), a young woman who feels isolated, misunderstood and so disconnected from the world ‘I want so hard to be set free, from everyone that judges me. I want to live a live someday, a world away from yesterday.’ The song ‘Mary’ is prefaced by ’28IF’, ‘Hear Me’ and ‘American Stranger’. In the end she overcomes in ‘Hush and Whispers’: ‘Who cares what I am, it’s all insane stop trying to change my life.’”

LORA G (Espinoza-Lunden) is a Composer/Guitarist from Mission Viejo, CA. Lora has a love of composing lyrics with a solid message and music in open-string alternative style. She is also a parent and an activist for the Mexican-American and LGBT communities. NIKKI LUNDEN is a Singer/Songwriter & Multi-instrumentalist who is a 18 year veteran of live performance (solo and ensemble). The Iowa native originally from Franklin, Iowa (pop.143) moved to LA in the fall of 2012 to attend Musician’s Institute in Hollywood. Lora G and Nikki Lunden are the core members of Lunden Reign. Currently their lineup includes Matthew Denis – bass, Steve Ornest – guitar and Morgan Young – drums.

Lunden Reign is best described as Soul Stimulating Big Beat Progressive Rock. Their music fuses progressive sounds, ethereal vibes and an array of genres to deliver booming, pulsing, & driving rock. Lunden Reign’s synergistic performances are matched by the relentless desire to unleash layers of haunting melodies through uplifting riffs blended with a harder edge and a progressive big beat. Their music pushes the envelope, exploring every dimension.

Already some of rock’s legends have joined Lunden Reign on stage including PRESCOTT NILES of THE KNACK and DALE BOZZIO of MISSING PERSONS. Their forthcoming album ‘American Stranger’ (completed and now in pressing) was mastered by Grammy winning Evren Goknar at Capitol Records, Hollywood., with art design and cover design by one of rock’s greatest album designers: IOANNIS. Lunden Reign proudly endorses & records with HIWATT AMPS, UK.

Lora explains how the band recently connected with legendary Dale Bozzio of 80’s hit-makers Missing Persons, “Beyond being a legendary singer and composer, Dale is amazing person and a wonderful human being. We met Dale after the great bassist from The Knack, Prescott Niles, performed with us at The House of Blues, Hollywood. Prescott is also the bassist for Dale Bozzio’s Missing Persons Band. Dale clicked with us immediately and she guest performed with Lunden Reign at both the LA and Long Beach Pride Festivals.”

Check out the video of Lunden Reign playing Missing Persons hit song “Walking in LA” with Dale Bozzio singing at LA Pride Festival on YouTube:

Prescott Niles (bassist – The Knack, Missing Persons): “Every so many years an album comes out that redefines modern music. ‘AMERICAN STRANGER’ is that next album. Grab some headphones, close your eyes and let your senses explore the music & lyrics of Lunden Reign’s sound. Today the cycle goes full with a long-awaited return to music that touches the soul and embraces the test of time.”

Martha Davis (lead singer of The Motels): “The song ‘Hear Me’ is wonderful & heartfelt.”

Terri Nunn (lead singer of Berlin): “Lora G is a great songwriter and musician.”

Dale Bozzio (Frank Zappa, Missing Persons): “ ‘American Stranger’ is a masterpiece! Every song is great!”

Phil Soussan (Bassist – Ozzy, Billy Idol, Grammy BOD): “What an amazing album, incredible songwriting, lyrics and groove!”

In closing, Lunden Reign is more than just music; their lyrics carry important messages about tolerance, love, self-reflection, dignity and inner- strength. ‘American Stranger’ stands up to intolerance, telling stories about becoming a victim by simply trying to claim ones own identity. It’s feeling like a stranger in your own skin and finding the courage to be exactly who you are. There is a re-occurring character, Mary, who represents all of these things. This is her story – how does it relate to yours?”

To purchase Lunden Reign’s ‘American Stranger’ CD: http://lundenreign.com/store/
Distributed through Cleopatra Records: http://www.CleopatraRecords.com

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