The Luyas

The Luyas went into the studio on a February morning with the plan of getting some drum sounds to start writing songs for a new album. As the mics were going up, the band received a phone call. There had been a sudden death. The incomprehensible event left the band in an existential daze. The mics put themselves up that morning. The resulting LP, Animator, opens with "Montuno," a 9-minute account of a hallucination about the repetition of days, the split seconds that define us, and the strangeness of the certainty of death. There's something almost supernatural to the feel of the record. "Animator is supposed to be some weird resuscitation. The animator's job is to create the semblance of movement in things that cannot move themselves. The musician's is to make us feel like something is happening with a sound" explains singer and multi-instrumentalist Jessie Stein. Recorded and produced at the Treatment Room by band member and experimental brass player Pietro Amato and mixed by Jace Lasek of the Besnard Lakes at his Breakglass Studios in the band's hometown of Montreal, Animator is a cathartic sophisticated collection of songs. As melodically compelling as it is artistically rich, Animator is intuitive, seductive, moody and textural. It slowly unfolds its beauty and trusts the listener to stay with it. Just as dance pioneer LoÔe Fuller, whose image graces the album cover, beguiled the world with the Dance Serpentine, the songs on Animator have a hypnotic effect. Sarah Neufeld and Amato's arrangements of string and horn float throughout, fragile and fleeting. Stein's gentle vocals have an eerie insular feel. Mathieu Charbonneau and Mark Wheaton's rhythm section put you in a trance. Fleets of strange noises dot the horizon. Like Portishead or the Silver Apples, the Luyas exist in the world to communicate something original yet fundamentally relatable without resorting to nostalgia. The band's riveting live show has been charming fans since the release of 2011's Too Beautiful To Work, and they've toured the world with the likes of the Antlers, the Dodos and Blonde Redhead. The Luyas are ascending a trajectory of artistic vision and creativity, and asking if we, too, are curious.

WATCH // Califone Shares “Magdalene” Animated Video, Living Room Tour Starts April 20th

Califone released their newest record, Stitches, last year and we have already seen multiple cinematic videos for tracks “Frosted Tips”, “Bells Break Arms”, “We are a Payphone”, and “Movie Music Kills a Kiss”. Today, Califone shares a new stop-motion video for ““Magdalene” directed and animated by Jessie Stein (of The Luyas) and Amanda Bonaiuto.

Bonaiuto describes the setting for “Magdalene”:

“There is a woman who lives on a lake. She is always there in her boat where she stares up, and only up at the stars. The stars are her sole friends and her only fascination. She has never noticed the merman who lives in the lake and probably never will. A watery scene filled with empty wine bottles and colorful hair gives us a view of their world”

If you haven’t picked it up already, Stitches is available now on iTunes, Amazon, at your local record store, and from SC Distribution.

Califone continues their tour with living room shows starting April 20th in Hadley, Massachusetts.


TOUR DATES:
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04/20 – Hadley, MA – Living Room Show – SOLD OUT
04/21 – Allston, MA – Living Room Show
04/22 – Brooklyn, NY – Living Room Show – SOLD OUT
04/23 – Philadelphia, PA – Living Room Show
04/24 – Baltimore, MD – Living Room Show – SOLD OUT
04/25 – Pittsburgh, PA – Living Room Show
04/26 – Columbus, OH – Living Room Show
04/27 – Akron, OH – Living Room Show
04/28 – Cleveland, OH – Living Room Show
04/29 – Grand Rapids, MI – Living Room Show
05/01 – Chicago, IL – CIMMfest
05/02 – Madison, WI – Living Room Show – SOLD OUT

WATCH // The Luyas “Montuno” Paper Bag Records Session, On Tour Now With Califone

If you’ve missed The Luyas we have a double gift for you today. First, we’re psyched to share a mezmerizing Paper Bag Records Session with The Luyas performing “Montuno” from their 2012 album Animator. Watch the session above or here on YouTube.

Secondly, the band started their tour with Califone last night in Lost Angeles and head up the West Coast in the US before playing handful of dates in Canada. See all tour dates below.


TOUR DATES:
01/07 – San Francisco, CAThe Chapel w/ Califone BUY TICKETS
01/09 – Portland , ORMississippi Studios w/ Califone BUY TICKETS
01/10 – Seattle, WAThe Crocodile w/ Califone BUY TICKETS
01/11 – Vancouver, CAElectric Owl w/ Califone BUY TICKETS
01/15 – Saskatoon, SKAmigo’s Cantina
01/16 – Winnipeg, MBUnion Sound Hall
01/23 – Montreal, QC – Le Divan Orange

* = with Califone

SESSION TIME // The Luyas Live For The Wild Honey Pie, On Tour Now With Julian Lynch


The Luyas are back with a Buzzsession for The Wild Honey Pie. Recorded at the wonderful Degraw Sound in Brooklyn, the session includes “Fifty Fifty” and “Channeling”. Both songs are from 2012′s Animator. Watch above.

Summer means going to shows. The Luyas are currently on tour with Julian Lynch. You’ll find all the dates and links below!

 
Tour Dates:
06/07/13 Kingston, NY – BSP Lounge w/ Julian Lynch
06/09/13 Manhattan, NY – Mercury Lounge w/ Julian Lynch
06/10/13 Philadelphia, PA – PhilaMOCA w/ Julian Lynch
06/11/13 Washington, DC – Paperhaus w/ Julian Lynch
06/12/13 Baltimore, MA – Golden West w/ Julian Lynch
06/13/13 Brooklyn, NY – Northside Fest @ 285 Kent w/ Julian Lynch, Twin Sister, Ava Luna & Lushlife
06/14/13 Toronto, ON – Sneaky Dee’s (NXNE) w/ Brazos
06/16/13 Columbus, OH – Kafe Kerouac w/ Julian Lynch
06/18/13 Bloomington, IN – The Bishop w/ Julian Lynch
06/20/13 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle w/ Julian Lynch
06/24/13 Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Explosion @ Le Temporaire w/ Julian Lynch

TOUR ALERT // The Luyas in France

Hello Friday. You look beautiful. Almost as beautiful as The Luyas in France; tis a sight only the fortunate few are able to see. The Luyas are currently in France, touring as part of the traveling Festival Nouvelles Scenes. You can check out the full list of dates, along with ticket links, below.

TOUR DATES:
03/22/13 Vendome, FR - La Chapelle BUY TICKETS
03/23/13 Laval, FR - 6 Par 4 BUY TICKETS
03/26/13 Paris, FR - Le Divan du Monde BUY TICKETS
03/27/13 Lorient , FR - Le Manege BUY TICKETS
03/28/13 Nantes, FR - Stereolux BUY TICKETS
03/29/13 Limonges, FR - Au Bout du Monde
03/30/13 Lyon, FR - Le Marche Gare BUY TICKETS
04/17/13 Utrecht, NL - Spiegelbar Tivoli BUY TICKETS
04/20/13 Hyeres, FR - Faveurs de Printemps Festival BUY TICKETS
04/23/13 Toulouse, FR - Le Connexion Cafe BUY TICKETS
04/25/13 Bourges, FR - Printemps de Bourges BUY TICKETS
04/26/13 Leffinge, BE - De Zwerver BUY TICKETS
04/27/13 Groningen, NL - Vera BUY TICKETS

Booking Agent Contact

North America:
Mike Mori, mike@windishagency.com

Europe/UK:
BELMONT BOOKINGS - Bob Van Heur
p: 31 (0)20 616 2612
e: bob@belmontbookings.nl

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