Luminous Newts is an eclectic prog-pop/rock band based in Berkeley, California.

People have said we sound a bit like: Toy Matinee, Steely Dan, Pink Floyd, “kind of a progged-out Blondie,” Florence and the Machine, and “Sandy Denny meets Genesis.” Pretty wide range, huh?

Album Jpg_700pixelsLuminous Newts is also the title of our first album, released on CD and digitally July 3, 2015 with distribution via major online outlets including Spotify, iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon MP3.

Praise for Luminous Newts:

“A rich helping of excellent songcraft … ideas that are extremely original and seemingly timeless … quality work that most definitely deserves to be heard.”

Exposé Online

“The interesting work of this American group, located at the edges of the art rock genre, certainly has a good chance of finding many fans.”

Artur Chachlowski, Radio MLWZ, Poland – translated from:

“Good rock and roll, sung from the bottom of the soul…love this stuff!!!”

Dennis Bernstein, KPFA/Pacifica Radio, Berkeley, CA

“What a debut it is! … very enjoyable … influenced by big prog bands like Pink Floyd and Genesis, but they do not sound like a ‘typical’ old fashioned prog band at all … this album is great … I would love to see them perform live.”

Background Magazine review of Luminous Newts

Luminous Newts, Song Notes

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From left: Andy Charmatz, guitar; Gary Hobish, bass; Eric Kampman, keyboards, vocals and songwriting; Matt Kerby, drums; Thea Kelley, vocals and songwriting.