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La Luz @ Last Exit Live

After a harrowing accident totaled their van and gear in November, the members of Seattle surf-noir quartet La Luz didn’t just feel lucky to be alive. Singer-guitarist Shana Cleveland says the outpouring of support during the band’s recovery came across as a message that a life in music is where she’s supposed to be. “For me, it reaffirmed my dedication to get on the road. Short of dying in that accident, it seemed like the worst possible thing happened,” she says. “The fact that we were able to come back and that we had so much support from the Seattle music scene and from fans all over who donated to help us by a new van was encouraging.” La Luz (Cleveland, drummer Marian Li Pino, keyboardist Alice Sandahl and bassist Abbey Blackwell) canceled a run of tour dates with of Montreal but already had booked a spring tour, and they made it a goal to return. Blackwell has since left and La Luz recruited Lena Simon to join on bass. “Sometimes, as a musician, it seems like it can be a selfish pursuit,” Cleveland says. “Very little of the job of working on music is in front of other people. It’s so much in your own head and with your band. And to have so many people step forward and tell us that they hope we keep going, to me, ended up being a positive, encouraging experience in the end.”