Lemuria is an American indie/punk rock band from Buffalo, New York, who were formed in 2004. by drummer/vocalist Alex Kerns, guitarist/vocalist Sheena Ozzella, and bassist Adam Vernick.
The trio began writing songs and released a five song demo, recorded at Watchmen Recording Studios, which started a long term relationship with engineer Doug White. After a handful of shows, and the release of the (now rare) Lemuria demo, the group parted ways with Vernick, and in March 2005, Jason Draper stepped in to join on bass.
The line-up of Lemuria featuring Alex, Sheena, and Jason went on to record many singles, splits, and 7″ records. The majority of the early releases, including the demo, s/t 7″, Lemuria/Frame split, AOTU Single Series, and “You’re Living Rooms All Over Me”, were all released (or co-released) by Art Of The Underground, an indie record label owned and operated by Alex Kerns.
In 2007, after years of touring, the band remarked that never recording a full length album had given them time “to grow and to “find our sound.””.The band once again returned to Watchmen Recording Studios and began working on their first record, later titled Get Better and released on Asian Man Records.
Lyrically, with the exception of the songs written by Sheena and Jason, the album took a much darker tone than previous works, as many of Alex Kern’s lyrics were written dealing with the recent death of his father. Musically, however, the songs were bright and ‘uplifting’ as a result of the band and Alex’s attitude. All these things led to and helped in titling the record Get Better.
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