De Lux Announce New Album, Single; Set For Bonnaroo, KCRW Performances
Los Angeles’ De Lux will release new album Generation June 23 on Innovative Leisure. The follow up to their 2014 debut album Voyage is a fearlessly honest and candid album. The 11-track set charts the distance between childhood and adulthood, nostalgia and aspiration and dream and reality, all with unflinching autobiographical detail.
Lead single “Someday Now” just premiered via The Line Of Best Fit. Hear it here:
Also look for the band to tour around the album including a performance at Bonnaroo, and dates with Miami Horror and FrenchHorn Rebellion. They are also set to perform on Santa Monica, CA-based NPR station KCRW’s influential show “Morning Becomes Eclectic” on release day.
De Lux is Sean Guerin and Isaac Franco. The duo learned how to take their influences and create a sound all their own on their first album—a beyond-their-years synthesis of post-punk, disco, funk and of course synthesizer wizardry. And now that they’ve found their sound, De Lux is creating a story to go with it.
They returned to their L.A. practice space with new instruments—like the little-known but sought-after synthesizer guitar beloved of King Crimson’s Adrian Belew—and new inspirations, chief among them punk performance artist Karen Finley, whose 1987 debut album Sean discovered at a Seattle record store simply because it looked promising. Her infamously uncensored lyrics made him realize there was more he could sing about, too.
Generation is an album about high highs, low lows and the vast space in between. Think of it as a nighttime freeway drive that starts with the propulsive “L.A. Threshold” and rides the borderline between feel-good rhythm and artfully sophisticated sentiment. “Center of L.U.B.” is a roller-skate jam that starts with a Can-style guitar riff before spinning into an examination of one utility company employee’s ennui—you knew this wasn’t going to be a love song, right?—while “It’s A Combination” is a brooding Italo disco track and unexpected piano piece “Conditions” is like Harry Nilsson or John Lennon suddenly transplanted to Rough Trade Records.
Then there’s the alternately hilarious and harrowing “Oh Man The Future”—a satirical reading on the shape of things to come, propelled by a bass-and-drum rhythm right off one of ESG’s first EPs—to the desolate-yet-funky “When Your Life Feels Like A Loss,” where De Lux dissect just what happens when “you think you’re special/no, you’re not special/you’re just an average guy.”
Generation is available for pre-order via iTunes now: http://hyperurl.co/deluxgeneration
GENERATION TRACK LISTING01 – LA Threshold 02 – 30 03 – Living In An Open Place 04 – Center of L.U.B. 05 – Simba Simba Simba 06 – No One Really Cares Who You Are 07 – Oh Man The Future 08 – Conditions 09 – When Your Life Feels Like A Loss 10 – It’s A Combination 11 – Someday Now
DE LUX TOUR DATES5/23 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom++ 5/26 Denver, CA – Larimer Lounge++ 5/29 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile++ 5/30 Vancouver – Electric Owl++ 5/31 Portland, OR – Holocene++ 6/03 San Francisco, CA – The Independent++ 6/04 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar++ 6/05 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy++ 6/10 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court 6/12 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room 6/14 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo 6/15 New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa 6/16 Dallas, TX – House of Blues Cambridge Room** 6/17 Houston, TX – Bronze Peacock** 6/18 Austin, TX – Stubbs BBQ** 6/19 El Paso, TX – Basement S7 6/20 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar ++ w/ Miami Horror ** w/ French Horn Rebellion