LA LUZ – ” Weirdo Shrine “

Posted: December 24, 2015 in CLASSIC ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Before he tragically and suddenly died at 25 years old, Ariel Panero was a staple in New York’s vibrant DIY scene. The young promoter’s involvement stretched far and wide, ranging from his work with record label Famous Class to performing with his band Tough Knuckles. Perhaps most notable was his Less Artists More Condos (LAMC) concert series, which saw Panero booking bands to play unique venues around the city.

After his death in 2010, Famous Class took to honoring his legacy with a series of singles named after LAMC. The A-side of each 7-inch features an unreleased track by a band the label likes. That artist then gets to choose another up-and-coming band they like to be included on the B-side. The 16th edition in the LAMC canon features Seattle surf-noir outfit La Luz backed with Brooklyn garage rockers Scully and will hit stores August 25th. Before the physical release, La Luz has shared their contribution, “Believe My Eyes”.


The track was recorded during the band’s sessions with Ty Segall for their excellent new album,  “Weirdo Shrines” . Much like the LP, the song smolders with hazy guitar tones and otherworldly harmonies. Frontwoman Shana Cleveland coos mysteriously overtop Lena Simon’s thumping bass line. Keyboards and lead guitar lines intertwine, merging into the surf rock mist. It’s a lovely mix of pop prowess and unsettling fever dream.


In Spanish, La Luz means “light” and that’s the perfect thing to evoke when your songs give the illusion of veering in the opposite direction. But lift out most any lyric—which is a good excuse to give a closer listen to the delicate, four-part harmonies that are fast becoming the band’s signature—and you’ll find that the aches and pains of love and loss, of living in a world where no foothold is ever a promise—all this is delivered with a nuanced dose of perfectly timed exhilaration, like the whole thing might just be worth it in the end. It’s Alive is the debut LP from Seattle’s La Luz.


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