On Tuesday night, while on their way to Seattle to play a show with Of Montreal, the four young women who make up the great new band La Luz suffered a frightening accident. Losing control of their van, they slid across black ice, and slammed into a concrete highway divider. The band managed to maneuver their van to the side of the road, where they called for help. Then, almost incredibly, while waiting for the police and a tow truck to arrive, their van was hit by a semi-trailer truck. The van, all of the band’s gear, and many of their belongings were completely destroyed.
To get a sense of the impact, see a photo of the van here. Fortunately, it was a 12-passenger van, and La Luz were using the entire back half as cargo space for their gear and belongings. The women were seated up front when their van was rear-ended by the semi-truck, sending them toppling into a ditch. Moments later, a third van slid across the freeway and collided into the semi! Aside from bruises, broken bones, and the major disappointment of having to cancel the rest of their tour, all members of La Luz are fine, as are the drivers of the other vehicles.
A message from La Luz’s official website:
We are beaten up but grateful and amazed to be alive today. We love all of you and are greatly appreciative and humbled by of all of the love and concern that you have shared with us. Your kindness will go a long way toward helping us deal with all of this.
Unfortunately we had to cancel our remaining tour dates with Of Montreal. This is such a major bummer because we were all just becoming friends and we were really looking forward to dancing to their set all over the rest of the country. Go see them on this tour, they are amazing.
La Luz, who have released material on Hardly Art, Burger Records, Suicide Squeeze, and Water Wing, create a sound that combines girl-group pop, surf rock, and classic punk: four-part harmonies, reverb, warble, and joyous abandon. Their debut full-length, It’s Alive, was released through Hardly Art on October 15. It’s one of my favorite records of the year.
If you’d like to make a donation to La Luz, visit Hardly Art. Suicide Squeeze is donating 100% of the money collected from purchases of La Luz’s 7” single, “Brainwash” b/w “TV Dreams.” The vinyl edition now appears to be sold out, but you can still contribute by pre-ordering the next vinyl edition, purchasing a digital copy (available in various formats/sample rates), purchasing the complete It’s Alive LP, or by making a separate donation through PayPal.
(I purchased five copies of It’s Aliveone for myself, of course, and one for each of the ladies in my own band, Lip Action.)
Seattle Weekly ran a touching interview with guitarist Shana Cleveland, describing the incident in greater detail.