In support of their latest album, Floating Features, released on May 11, rock band La Luz went into the studio at KEXP-FM in Seattle to perform a full set as well as answer a few questions from host Cheryl Waters. KEXP, a broadcast and online programming organization, are known for their Live Performances series that features independent and mainstream rock bands recording in-studio sessions. This marks the third time that La Luz step into the KEXP studio for a live performance and interview.
The band is comprised of Shana Cleveland on guitar, Lena Simon on bass guitar, Alice Sandahl on keys, and Marian Li Pino on drums. Shana is their lead vocalist and the others provide backing vocals.
La Luz is known for their surf rock doo-wop style, often layering their music with warm vocal harmonies. Since their formation in Seattle in 2012, La Luz has solidified their dreamy, neo-psychedelic sound through sunny melodies, a driving rhythm section, and twangy guitar riffs soaked in reverb. Sandahl occasionally inserts short keyboard solos in the middle of their songs, adding a unique element to their music. Shana Cleveland admits that her influences come from guitarists from the 50’s and 60’s, a time when surf rock was mainstream. Cleveland’s lyrics fit nicely into their sonic style and are often whimsical and surreal.
Floating Features is their third full-length release since they signed with Hardly Art in 2013 and has been met with generally positive reviews. It peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Album chart. The album is in stores now and streaming on Spotify, iTunes, and elsewhere.
Watch their KEXP performance in its entirety below.