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La Luz at the Electric Owl

La Luz at the Electric Owl Feb 5. Kirk Chantraine photo.

La Luz at the Electric Owl Feb 5. Kirk Chantraine photo.

Photos–La Luz at the Electric Owl, Vancouver, Feb 5 2014

– photos by Kirk Chantraine

It’s Alive is the title of the debut album from La Luz (it’s also the name of a 1974 horror movie and the first live Ramones album). The Seattle group plays what some have dubbed “surf noir” – maybe sort of like if The Cramps played surf instead of rockabilly.

La Luz has also released a video for “Big Bad Blood” from the album (out on Hardly Art). Directed by Carlos Lopez, the video “embraces the band’s spooky side and goes full-bore with grindhouse horror and giallo-inspired imagery,” according to the press release. It’s true – it looks as though it was filmed on the cheap in the ’70s, with deep reds and browns.

Video – La Luz, “Big Bad Blood”:

The band just came off a tour with Portland’s Pure Bathing Culture. Wednesday’s night’s Electric Owl show was the last night of the tour.

The band started in the summer of 2012. Members include Shana Cleveland (guitar), Marian Li Pino (drums), Abbey Blackwell (bass), and Alice Sandahl (keyboard). “Everyone sings” and the songs are credited to “Shana and La Luz”, according to the bandcamp page for their Damp Face EP.

More photos:


Kirk Chantraine

About Kirk Chantraine

Kirk Chantraine is a Canadian photographer and software developer currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia. He graduated from Vancouver Film School for 3D Animation in 2004 and has been working in the Visual Effects industry ever since with companies such as Electronic Arts and Disney. Over the last few years Kirk has exhibited his photographic works in San Francisco and Vancouver. A music aficionado and vinyl junkie, Kirk shoots live music and performance at an inhuman pace across North America for The Snipe News , along with landscape and portraiture. If you're buying: gin-and-tonics. He is @kchantraine on Twitter.
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