Posted in MP3 | tour dates on April 21, 2010

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: The Luyas - Tiny Head (MP3)

The Luyas

The other highlight for me Thursday night was getting to see The Luyas who are really unlike anything else going right now. They almost defy easy description. The closest I came up with was "Joanna Newsom fronting Mercury Rev" which at least gets you near the right ballpark. Singer (and member of Miracle Fortress when Graham isn't playing solo) Jessie Stein's voice has a child-like quality to it, and the band can go from intimate to epic and joyous within a song. There's unusual instrumentation too -- Pietro Amato's french horn is integral to their sound, and Stein is the only person other than the Liars' Aaron Hemphill that I've seen play a Moodswinger. All these disparate elements shouldn't work together, but they do... and gorgeously. The Luya's 2007 debut, Faker Death, is good but the new material they played last night was even better. The band's new album is due in early 2010 and could be a real stunner.
That quote was from when I saw The Luyas at M for Montreal last October. Finally, New York is getting its first chance to see then, this week, with four shows: Wednesday, April 21 in a loft (a "secret show"); Thursday, April 22 at Webster Hall opening for Owen Pallett; Friday, April 23 at the Sycamore; and Sunday, April 25 at Glasslands which also has fellow Montreal band Parlovr, who just finished a tour with We Are Wolves, on the bill (who are excellent in their own right).

While they haven't set a date for their new album, The Luyas' second album is finished and will be out hopefully sooner than later. Check out "Tiny Head" from it above and you can also hear new tracks "Canary" and "Moodslayer" via their MySpace. You can also check out an extended Take Away Session at the bottom of this post (filmed around the band's most recent Pop Montreal appearance), along with all upcoming tour dates. They really are something special live, so you might want to make room on your schedule this week to see them...

The Luyas - Take Away Show (Extended Version)

Take Away Show #99 _ THE LUYAS (extended version) from vincent moon / temporary areas on Vimeo.

The Luyas - 2010 Tour Dates
April 21 - Secret Show - Secret Location - New York
April 22 - Webster Hall With Owen Pallet - New York
April 23 - Sycamore With Gasper Claus & Pedro Soler - Brookyln
April 25 - Glasslands - Brookyln w/ Buke & Gass, Parlovr
April 29 La Tulipe Montreal, Quebec
May 1 Jessie Solo @ Divan Orange Montreal, Quebec
May 4 The Ford Plant Brantford, Ontario
May 5 Trepid House Waterloo, Ontario
May 6 The Drake Toronto, Ontario
May 7 Raw Sugar Ottawa, Ontario

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Comments (10)

Secret show? Where???

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2010 9:01 AM

not exactly hard to find dude...jeez...stop being an idiot.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2010 9:22 AM

i suppose i'm an idiot cause i have no idea where to find tonight's venue

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2010 9:38 AM

9:22am = dumbass too cool hipster

You're so cool dude! You must live in Hipsterville....is it at your apartment that your daddy and mommy are paying for?

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2010 10:35 AM

The whitey shit continues

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2010 11:00 AM

"The whitey shit continues"

racist

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2010 11:09 AM

WHERE IS THIS SHOW!!!?? help me BV

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2010 3:56 PM

set time for glasslands show?

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2010 3:38 PM

Wonderful post and the location is beautiful and elegant in design and information and everything>>> to Favorites
Amazing is an enormous understatement. One of the best electronic shows I've ever been to and I've seen well over a thousand concerts. I had no idea Vladislav Delay was as good a drummer & percussionist as he is- fabulous and he kept everything swinging with a very unique style of playing. If you missed this you missed out big time...
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