When La Luz played Boise in 2013, the band almost died. Leaving the City of Trees after a November show, the Seattle-based surf-rock quartet was in a collision with a semi-truck that totaled their tour van and destroyed their gear but, thankfully, resulted in minimal injuries. Shana Cleveland, Marian Li Pino, Alice Sandhal and Lena Simon are tough, though, and despite some lingering emotional trauma, hit the road soon after and have toured steadily since. The band returns to Boise for a Friday, Sept. 11 show at Neurolux, touring behind its 2015 release Weirdo Shrine (HardlyArt).
NPR lauds the sophomore album for Cleveland's "effortless" guitar work, which it describes as "fuzz-heavy and lo-fi." Pitchfork notes the "existential dread" that gives what could otherwise seem like straightforward garage-rock a sinister, dreamy quality. Eerie, wordless choruses entwine with droning organ and meandering, reverb-heavy guitar riffs to produce a sound that it is at turns sweet and ominous—a sort of siren song of doom that Cleveland told Spin magazine is a direct reference to the band's 2013 crash.