Perf. Arts

Pure lunacy
Area rockers unite with same approach to music industry and covers



By KRISTYN ADAMS - Special to TimeOut

May 29, 2014


HARTFORD - A Lunacy rock band rehearsal cranked in a Hartford neighborhood.

Technically true in covering one artist after another, the talents of four musicians combined to indicate a forthcoming blast this Saturday at the River Horse West in West Bend.

“It’s funny we’re based in West Bend; I’m the only one who is actually from there,” bassist Kenny Morey said during a break with band members Andy Zuraw of Slinger and Gus Willman of Wauwatosa. Over bottled water and chocolate chip cookies in guitarist Marcus Klink’s driveway, the performers shared methods of their madness.

“You never know what to expect when you come to one of our shows,” Zuraw said.

The Lunacy drummer started in music when he was 5 years old when his parents bought him a snare drum. The band program at Slinger High School kept Zuraw motivated and sharp. Zuraw was later employed at a music store where he met co-worker Willman. Together, they founded Lunacy in 2007.

“We both had our own bands and there were so many changes. One band would fall apart, or another band would lose a person,” Willman said. “I wanted to get something together with (Zuraw) but the timing wasn’t right until later.”

Then it started.

“Yeah, we thought it was time to gig out,” Zuraw said. “We wanted to get back on the scene and start playing again. Now we have a better lineup with better talent. It’s great to be welcomed back.”

The band members come from diverse musical backgrounds. Personal styles from hip-hop to techno, metal and blues add to their edge. The group members also have a sense of humor.

“We have a lot of different tastes in music. I was listening to Seal the other day,” Willman said as his bandmates grimaced. “No, really, Seal is awesome. I like jazz, too.

“We were all in original bands at one point or another, but would prefer to deliver quality. We want to go out and play what people want.”

They all write, “but as for me, I don’t plan on working up anything original at this point,” said Klink, a soon-to-be police officer who grew up listening to polka. He finished school and is waiting for placement.

“We’ll be rocking out and if someone calls the cops about the noise, it might be (Klink) who knocks at the door - absolutely,” Zuraw said.

“It’s a hobby for us. Creatively, we’re very content,” Morey said. “Our inspirations are not to become the next AC/DC or anything like that. Morey has experienced touring with bigger bands. I’ve toured with bigger bands and in my younger years I did the ‘trying- to be famous’ thing.

“After a while, I decided family was more important. Love, full-time work, you can get it all in there and stay true to the music. In the big picture, that change in perspective can make your music fantastic if you let it.”

Family inspiration is common with Lunacy members. Zuraw is inspired to rock by his mom, Jody Zuraw.

“She’s one of our biggest fans and makes it out to many of our shows. She’s an awesome lady,” Andy Zuraw said.