La Luz @ Neumos, 12/30/15
La Luz, Gazebos, & Sick Sad World
This past week, Seattle venue Neumos played host to an emotional double-header as local favorites La Luz packed the house for a two-night extravaganza. The shows functioned as both a heartfelt goodbye to the Seattle community that has nurtured the pop-powerhouse since their formation in 2012, and a toast to a bright future, as the group prepares to relocate to Los Angeles in 2016 to pursue new horizons.
Openers Sick Sad World and Gazebos dove right into the electric evening and kept the full house of concert-goers ablaze with energy, bringing the excitement in the room to an impressive pinnacle as La Luz prepared to take the stage.
Once in front of the eager crowd, La Luz made the announcement that this series would be their last shows in the Northwest, for the time being. Though not a surprise to most in attendance, the announcement added an honest and apparent tinge of sentiment to the performance, as the band reminisced past show experiences and other stories with the crowd in between songs.
For their relatively short history, La Luz has managed to intrigue a faithful fan-base with their unique sound. The guitar riffs consist of melodic, catchy surf pop, polished over by the sweet melancholy voice and lyrics of Shana Cleveland (lead guitarist and vocalist). Their most recent album, 'Weirdo Shrine', is the most solid and formidable representation of the bands distinct character and sound to date.
While Seattle is surely sad to see them go, we are all looking forward to their continued success and the new opportunities a change of scenery can offer the talented quartet.
Eric Luck, 2015