La Luz – Weirdo Shrine. La Luz (Spanish for “the light”), are an all-female quartet based out of Seattle, WA. After forming in 2012 they quickly released their debut, It’s Alive, in 2013. Over the course of two albums now, the band, led by singer/guitarist Shana Cleveland has created a sound that deftly mixes girl-group sounds, indie rock, doo wop and of course the predominant element of their sound: surf rock. This is indie music for surfers that don’t care about indie rock; just as it is surf-rock for indie scenesters that don’t care about surf music. This turns out to not be a problem for me at all since I love both Surf and Indie rock. The music goes from languid to upbeat between and within many of the songs, but always there are reverb drenched guitars and girl-group vocals. If you’re feeling a little down in the dumps one day – grab a cup of coffee, or maybe a beer, and pop this record on. Problem solved!