La Luz is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, United States, which was founded in 2012 consisting of Shana Cleveland, Marian Li Pino, Alice Sandahl, and Lena Simon. La Luz has received critical acclaim following the release of three studio albums It’s Alive, Weirdo Shrine, and Floating Features.
In February 2015 La Luz announced the release of a new album produced by garage rock veteran Ty Segall. After supporting Segall on tour, he offered to produce their next album in his home studio (later moved to a surfboard warehouse). Segall’s influence resulted in a live-sounding recording sacrificing technical perfection for a more visceral, organic sound that he felt captured the essence of the group. Segall also encouraged La Luz to introduce the heavy use of a fuzz pedal on Cleveland’s guitar.
On August 7, 2015 La Luz released their second LP through Hardly Art titled Weirdo Shrine, and embarked on an international tour to support its release. The album received positive reviews in The Guardian, Pitchfork and The New York Times, whose critic Ben Ratliff wrote:
La Luz is known for their “surf noir” style with layered vocal harmonies. Their energetic live shows often include Soul Train-inspired dance contests and crowd surfing.