La Luz

Burger Records presents:

La Luz

Teenage Burritos, Fade Up Fade Out Bye Bye, Poison Rites, DJ Sean Bohrman (Burger Records)

Saturday, July 22, 2017

8:30 pm

Soda Bar


This event is 21 and over

La Luz
La Luz
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.

When it came time to record Weirdo Shrine, their second album—due out August 7th—the goal was to capture the band’s restless live energy and commit it to tape. In early 2015, Cleveland and Co. adjourned to a surf shop in San Dimas, California where, with the help of producer/engineer Ty Segall, they realized this vision. Tracking most of the album live in shared quarters, La Luz chose to leave in any happy accidents and spur-of-the-moment flourishes that occurred while recording. Cleveland’s newly fuzzed-up guitar solos—which now incorporated the influence of Japanese Eleki players in addition to the twang of American surf and country—were juxtaposed against the group’s most angelic four-part harmonies to date. The organs of Alice Sandahl and the drumming of Marian Li Pino were granted extra heft and dimension. Thematically, Cleveland channeled Washingtonian poet Richard Brautigan on “You Disappear” and “Oranges,” and sought inspiration from Charles Burns’ Seattle-set graphic novel Black Hole.

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.”

In describing Weirdo Shrine, Segall remarked that it gave him a vision of a “world…burning with colors [he’d] never seen, like mauve that is living.” In “Oranges,” the Brautigan poem which inspired the aforementioned track of the same name, the poet writes of a surreal “orange wind / that glows from your footsteps.” These hue-based allusions are apt: the sound of La Luz is (appropriately) vibrant, and alive with a kaleidoscopic passion. Weirdo Shrine finds them at their most saturated and cinematic.

“La Luz is ready to take on the world.” – MTV Hive

“…a uniquely haunting – albeit occasionally unintentional – spin on the innocent guitar-driven pop of the late ’50s and early ’60s, nudging the sock hop vibes of Dick Dale and the Shirelles into a darker parallel dimension.” – Paper Magazine

“Imagine all of the Shangri-La’s trying, precariously, to balance on top of Link Wray’s surfboard.” – Pitchfork

“One of those bands that hit the ground not running, but sprinting.” – Elle
Teenage Burritos
Teenage Burritos
Teenage Burritos are a San Diego based band that draws from post-punk, garage, 60s girl groups and doo-wop. Formed by Kirsten Gundel and Christmas Island drummer Lucy Wehrly in 2012, the band released a 6 song cassette on Burger Records that quickly went out of print. Fans of female-fronted groups like Kleenex, Quix*o*tic and Henry’s Dress will not be disappointed. Look for a 7” on Volar Records and a full length on Burger Records later this year.
Fade Up Fade Out Bye Bye
A bunch of kids from Concord, CA got together in Los Angeles and recorded music together. They were so pleasantly surprised by their collective efforts, they decided to call themselves a band of musicians and so they named their band Fade Up Fade Out Bye Bye.
Poison Rites
New band featuring ex-members of Speedwolf, Scott Baio Army, Hot White, and Nicotine Fits. From Denver, CO USA.
DJ Sean Bohrman (Burger Records)
Venue Information:
Soda Bar
3615 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA, 92104