by Brad Roberts
De Lux (at right) has been the talk of the local music scene since late last year when they floored fans with their electric live performances and the homemade EP they handed out at their first shows. Their January 9th show at The Echo was my first chance to see them and the impression was that here is an outstanding and innovative new band with a firm grasp of popular music history. Post-disco dance music with a brain. Haven't heard a single negative word from anyone. They are riding the crest of a wave at the moment, and it is sure to grow with the release on Tuesday of their nine-song full-length album debut, Voyage, on a label smart enough to grab them up so quickly, appropriately named Innovative Leisure.
Thursday appears to be De Lux day in Los Angeles with two performances by the band, a free in-store at Amoeba Music at 6 PM and their album release party later that night at The Echo. They'll be selling out venues of this size before you know it, so now is the time to catch them, up close and personal. Comparisons to Talking Heads are inevitable owing to Sean Guerin's David Byrne-esque vocals, but the genre-defying style of the band renders that determination too limiting.
There are other shows this week as well including turns by Boys School and DA & The Jones at Hotel Cafe, and Miss Absurd at Skinny's Lounge on Tuesday, Nacosta having a homecoming party at Silver Lake Lounge on Friday, Saint Sea Hat are at The Smell Saturday night, and yOya play Bootleg on Sunday. The Grand Ole Echo starts up again on Sunday afternoon at The Echo.
And David Crosby begins his make-up concerts at An Evening with David Crosby at The Troubadour starting Sunday and running through next Friday. This legendary performer must be so happy to be alive after the numerous health issues that have tested his strength all these years. Tickets, of course, are gone for these historic shows.