Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s selection, featured on the Afternoon Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Sure As Spring” by La Luz from the 2012 self-released EP Damp Face.
The confidence of La Luz’s hazy mixture of surf, garage, and psych rock belies the group’s relatively short life span. Formed this summer and consisting of former Curious Mystery members Shana Cleveland and Marian Li Pino, along with bassist Abbey Blackwell, and keyboardist Katie Jacobson, the Seattle group’s gang vocal melodies and resonant guitar carry vibrant hallmarks from the earliest surf rock groups all the way through the five songs on the band’s debut release. “Sure As Spring”, the EP’s third track, is a spirited, reverb-soaked run that contains more than enough hooks to sustain its two-and-a-half minute runtime. A perfect choice to brighten up a rainy day, “Sure As Spring” is a crisp, effective dose of sunshine-filled pop, and during December, that’s really all anyone could ask for.
La Luz already has a number of gigs booked in 2013, including a January 24th show at the Columbia City Theatre. (Get tickets and more info about that show here.) View the rest of their 2013 itinerary and keep up with the band over at their Bandcamp and Facebook pages. They’ll be performing live on KEXP on March 9th at 6:30 p.m., but until then watch a video of sorts for the song “Damp Face” created by Shana Cleveland below.