The Electric “Revival” of De Lux Thoughts+Photos: De Lux at June Gloom 6/17/23 at Oracle Tavern
LOS ANGELES, CA- De Lux! What a rush of memories. When I was cutting my teeth in concert photography, these guys were among the first to catch my lens. Picture it: 2014, the vibes of Echoplex during Culture Collide, and there they were, De Lux, lighting up the stage. For a spell, they were the talk of LA’s dance-punk scene, and I found myself shadowing their gigs, camera in tow. But then, mysteriously, they faded from my radar. Was it some algorithmic mischief? Or the ebb and flow of the indie scene? It was like trying to chase a phantom track – every time they popped into my head, the digital realm came up empty.
But the recent chance to witness them live? It was a euphoric throwback. Those familiar grooves, the retro charm, and the post-disco fervour – all as intoxicating as ever.
Emerging from Los Angeles, De Lux is the dynamic duo of Sean Guerin and Isaac Franco, renowned for their unique concoction of post-disco beats with a tinge of dance-punk. Echoing the vibes of legends like Talking Heads mixed with a dash of LCD Soundsystem, their tracks are an electrifying dance between nostalgia and innovation. Their breakout album “Voyage” in 2014, with bangers like “Better At Making Time,” showcased their genius – a blend of danceable rhythms and introspective lyrics.
Their music, a kaleidoscope of the late ’70s and early ’80s sounds fused with contemporary sensibilities, has an undying allure. Whether you’re a seasoned fan or a newcomer, De Lux offers a sonic journey that blurs the line between yesteryears’ dance floors and today’s pulsating beats. And while algorithms may falter and scenes may shift, the timeless dance-punk energy of De Lux remains unforgettable.
PS: I think I’m all caught up on their music. Ended up buying 3 of their vinyl records at the gig. LOL.