Synergy Concerts presents:
+ Peggy Sue
Entry Requirements: 18+
Los Angeles has often been described as a “dream factory”–both a mecca where dreamers converge to pursue long-held aspirations, and a topography of hallucinogenic contradictions: enchanting tangerine sunsets diffused by smog, crystal-clutching spiritualists mingling with deep-pocketed narcissists, rows of scenic palms competing with garish billboards for commuters’ attention.
It was against this backdrop that the four members of La Luz–singer/guitarist Shana Cleveland, drummer Marian Li Pino, keyboardist Alice Sandahl, and bassist Lena Simon–conceived of Floating Features, the band’s third studio album. For this, their most ambitious release yet, La Luz consulted landscapes both physical and psychological.
References to dreams abound on Floating Features. “Loose Teeth” catalyzes nightmare fuel into a propulsive, intentionally-disorienting collision of honeyed harmonies and Takeshi Terauchi-esque jetstreams of distorted surf guitar. “Mean Dream” unsurprisingly mines dreamstate imagery, and the lyrics and melody for “Walking Into the Sun” actually came to Cleveland during a particularly-vivid night of deep sleep. Looming over the album’s coterie of surreal figures (gargantuan cicadas, a monstrous “Creature,” The Sun King, aliens, the titular “Lonely Dozer”) is the magnificent “Greed Machine,” a skulking, insatiable engine of consumption–Nathanael West’s “business of dreams” fearsomely manifested.
To bring these visions to stereophonic life, La Luz pivoted from the DIY trailer-park brio of It’s Alive and the gritted-up urgency of Weirdo Shrine toward lush, hi-fidelity production value. Li Pino’s drums have never sounded more thunderously muscular, Simon’s basslines more robust-yet-agile, Sandahl’s organ melodies more complementary, Cleveland’s layers of guitar more versatile, or the group’s trademark harmonies more bewitching and rapturous. For every one of Floating Features’ seismic crescendos, there are just as many small, evocative details coloring its somnambulist soundscape.
Only La Luz could conjure up Floating Features’ Leone-on-LSD vibes, and the album finds the L.A. band at the height of their powers–golden rebels in a golden dream.
Since releasing their second album, "Acrobats", towards the end of 2011, Peggy Sue have not sat around their homes in London, twiddling their collective thumbs. Quite the opposite.
They have toured North America twice (including a month long run with labelmates, First Aid Kit); they've travelled all over Europe as support on tours of Jack White, Wild Flag and Joan As Policewoman; they recorded and self-release an album of covers, "Peggy Sue Play The Songs Of Scorpio Rising", (inspired by the soundtrack of the legendary cult movie); and, of course, they played numerous headline shows of their own and appeared on many a festival bill, including a spell-binding, recent appearance on the main stage at the Green Man Festival.
On top of all that time spent on the road and in the studio, they were also busy during every spare moment writing new material for their next album.
Produced at the legendary Rockfield Studio in South Wales by Jimmy Robertson (the man who made the “…Scorpio Rising" collection), and mixed by John Askew (who also worked with the band on their debut full-length, Fossils and Other Phantoms”) the new Peggy Sue album will be released at the start of 2014.