Shana Cleveland: guitar and vocals
Marian Li Pino: drums and vocals
Alice Sandahl: keyboards and vocals
Lena Simon: bass and vocals
Great, fun show full of catchy tunes, surf guitar, and plenty of harmonies. La Luz love their ooh's and aah's too, you know.
I wish I knew more of the La Luz catalog but I was only familiar with their Damp Face EP which is five songs so I can't give too much information about which tunes they did or didn't play, but they totally nailed 'You Dissapear' and choosing the song 'Easy Baby' was a great way to end the set, with a dreamy, melancholy, and quite memorable melody with nice harmonies and resolve.
My friends and I were all pleased that everyone in the band contributed imaginative parts. Marian Li Pino's full use of a minimal drum set utilizing toms, rims, or her one big cymbal made each song sound different enough to keep it fresh for the whole set. Alice Sandahl's dry organ into a Fender Twin was absolutely the right sound. That sort of sound can carry a band (think The Doors, Iron Butterfly, early Pink Floyd, or maybe even B52's) because of it's simplicity, and Lena Simon's bass playing was unexpectedly active. She didn't just lay on the root note like Adam Clayton would but kept things moving and melodic. Then there's Shana Cleveland. Damn, she's got the tone! If you want to hear great sounding Stratocaster into Deluxe Reverb guitar tones LOOK NO FURTHER! She's got it in her pocket, baby! Also noteworthy is her subtle whammy bar use. Never over the top but just the right amount of bend.
I noticed that there appeared to be a strict curfew as it was clearly posted that La Luz, the headliner were only to play for an hour. Since this was my first experience with La Luz I don't really know if they play longer sets or not but it seemed like they got darned near 15-16 songs into that 60-70 minute set. My friends and I agreed that that was actually a good thing in a way. La Luz got to bang out a super tight set with little wasted time, and we were out of there by eleven! I was even lucky enough to get the band to sign my Wierdo Shrine CD and for the unheard of low ticket price of 11 euros for two bands (including opening act Methyl Ethel) you certainly couldn't complain.
Now armed with their entire catalog of two CD's, a cassette, a 7" single (that i've as of yet still not played), and a small collection of swag that i'd built up over the last three years I can now say that i've probably got the biggest collection of La Luz stuff in Overijssel. I was even the only one that came to the show sportin' a La Luz "Luzer" t-shirt! I'm not a fanboy but it's kind of funny that i've got all of this stuff- including two DIFFERENT posters from the gig last night.
A good night! the opening trio Methyl Ethel was better than we'd anticipated playing a strong set of heavy effect-ridden songs. The Club, Ekko was a good small venue set off the side of a friendly, young hipster sort of bar, and La Luz delivered. We left happy!
Enjoy a few pics!