Weirdo Shrine

La Luz - Weirdo Shrine
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2015 Ratings: #385 / 925
User Score
Based on 37 ratings
August 7, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Hardly Art / Label
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What La Luz have going for them on their second album is a willingness to crank down the tempos to a sexy crawl that feel intended for bumping and grinding rather than shimmying or frugging.
Consequence of Sound

La Luz aren’t just operating at a higher level than their surf-influenced contemporaries, they’ve moved into a completely different headspace. Weirdo Shrine is a fog to get lost in, to put on repeat and let the tangled guitar melodies take root.

A.V. Club

Weirdo Shrine is a burnt-orange filter thrown over a world of dark gray.

The 405

It is the album's oddly affectionate and attractive takes on the macabre consequences of death, the kind the band managed to so narrowly escape, that propels Weirdo Shrine into the top-tier records of 2015.

American Songwriter
It’s a tricky balance but they pull it off effortlessly thanks to stylized songs that wallow in dusky, dim light, with cautionary lyrics and a commitment that four minutes is too long to spend on any tune.

On Weirdo Shrine, La Luz have taken the advice "Let's get weird" to heart, creating a spooky dip into the surf.

The ladies might have perfect pitch, but this is not an album for cleaning up mistakes.

Weirdo Shrine shows La Luz are more than living up to the promise of their early work, and that they're still one of the most interesting and entertaining acts on the Pacific Northwest scene in 2015.

The Line of Best Fit

La Luz does travel further down their rabbit hole here, which is fine, as long as there’s eventually something worthwhile at the bottom of it.


Weirdo Shrine is more a solid collection of songs with a similar stylistic through line that helps each feel very much of a whole but prevents distinct tracks from making themselves known.

Drowned in Sound

Weirdo Shrine is a miraculous endeavour to behold, but as an album, it suffers because of its untamed splendour.

La Luz's second LP was inspired by Charles Burns' graphic novel Black Hole, in which the teenagers of 1970s Seattle spread a bizarre sexually transmitted disease with varying symptoms. Produced by Ty Segall, the album brings surf-rock riffs and girl-group harmonies to songs that are darker than they seem.

In Charles Burns' graphic novel Black Hole, the teenagers of 1970s Seattle are spreading a bizarre sexually transmitted disease with varying symptoms. One might grow a tail or shed their ... read more
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La paradoja de ser una banda de chicas que perfectamente encajaría en una película de Tarantino, es que en una de sus películas hay una banda de chicas parecida a La Luz. Weirdo Shrine es un proyecto donde las guitarras llenas de tremolo suenan como si salieran de un condado de Texas, y sus voceras se sientan desoladas por estar cruelmente encerradas, destapándose de todo apriete regional. Algunos de los tracks que conforman este álbum, varían de lo ... read more
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Track List

  1. Sleep Till They Die
  2. You Disappear
  3. With Davey
  4. Don't Wanna Be Anywhere
  5. I Can't Speak
  6. Hey Papi
  7. I Wanna Be Alone (With You)
  8. I'll Be True
  9. Black Hole, Weirdo Shrine
  10. Oranges
  11. True Love Knows
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Added on: May 19, 2015