On the whole, we want our message to convey that there is a need for a level of personal responsibility, compassion and kindness for each other that essentially helps us all. We appreciate your continued support.
It’s been a very challenging and strange year. As you know, Shana was diagnosed with breast cancer and we had to cancel some shows. Well, after some tense and difficult months, we are happy to report that the doctors believe she is now CANCER FREE! This is the best news ever, and we can’t thank everyone enough for all the support.
Sadly, there is still some recovery and rest in store, and we decided to cancel our April/May UK/EU dates to give her the time she needs to fully heal up from surgery. But we've managed to reschedule some of the shows and are coming back to the UK in July!
We can't thank you enough for all the love and support you've sent our way over the last few months. All those positive psychic vibes have been fully felt and appreciated to the highest degree. We're almost back! We love you and can't wait to see you soon!
Proving that depth and fun don't need to be mutually exclusive, La Luz are an all-female quartet who fuse the harmonies of doo wop and girl group pop with the splashy guitars of surf music, the low-budget keyboards of '60s garage rock, and the simple but snappy rhythms of first-era rock & roll with lyrics that speak from the heart and the soul. The Seattle-based quartet won critical acclaim for its 2013 debut album, It's Alive, and the group has been recording and touring at a steady pace ever since.
La Luz were formed in the summer of 2012 by guitarist and singer Shana Cleveland, who had previously recorded with the Curious Mystery and Shana Cleveland & the Sandcastles. Looking for a simple, upbeat, but forceful sound, Cleveland joined forces with Alice Sandahl on keys, Abbey Blackwell on bass, and Marian Li-Pino (another former member of the Curious Mystery) on drums, with all four sharing vocals.
La Luz soon hit the road to promote the album, and in November 2013, they were returning home from a gig when their van skidded on a patch of black ice, swerved, and was struck by a truck. The accident destroyed La Luz's van and much of their gear, and left the musicians with minor injuries; a tour with Of Montreal had to be canceled, and bassist Blackwell left the band, but by March 2014, La Luz recruited a new bassist, Lena Simon, and went back on the road. In early 2015, La Luz started work on their second album, recording in a surfboard shop in San Dimas, California, with Ty Segall serving as producer and engineer. The finished product, titled Weirdo Shrine, was released by Hardly Art on August 7, 2015, and the group headed out on an international concert tour in support. La Luz traveled to California to record their third full-length album, 2018's Floating Features. Produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, the LP was their most polished and ambitious work to date.
Friday 22nd April 2022
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