New album Weirdo Shrine out now! Watch trippy new video for ‘Black Hole, Weirdo Shrine’
For most, a brush with death would be cause for retreat, reflection, and reluctance, but Seattle band La Luz found something different in it: resilience. Having survived a high-speed highway collision shortly after releasing their 2013 debut LP It’s Alive, La Luz, despite lasting trauma, returned to touring with a frequency and tirelessness that put their peers to shame. Over the past year-and-a-half of performing, the band arrived at a greater awareness of their music’s ability to whip eager crowds into a frenzy. In response, frontwoman Shana Cleveland’s guitar solos took on a more unhinged quality. The basslines (from newly-installed member Lena Simon) became more lithe and elastic. Stage-dives and crowd-surfing grew to be as indelible a part of the La Luz live experience as their onstage doo-wop-indebted dance moves.
The resulting album is a natural evolution of the band’s self-styled “surf noir” sound—a rawer, turbo-charged sequel that charts themes of loneliness, infatuation, obsession and death across eleven tracks, from the opening credits siren song of ‘Sleep Till They Die’ to the widescreen, receding-skyline send-off of ‘Oranges’ and its bittersweet epilogue, ‘True Love Knows.’
Weirdo Shrine is available now. La Luz come to the UK in October.
16th October – Brighton, UK – Bleach
17th October – Manchester, UK – The Eagle Inn
19th October – Glasgow, UK – The Hug & Pint
20th October – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
21st October – Cardiff, UK – Moon Club
22nd October – London, UK – Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen