LUAU /  Phoenix, Arizona
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LUAU

Phoenix, Arizona

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Indie Rock/Alternative band with atmospheric overlapping guitars and catchy vocal melodies

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Review of EP "Gone" from YABYUM — 03/29/2017

The Gone EP by Luau is a nighttime record. The shimmering guitars float by like streetlamps out a car window, the insistent bass and drums conjuring up the speed and dread that can take hold in a dark city, and lead singer Evan Hallock’s pained vocals sound like a man driving with nowhere to go. On their debut offering, Luau does a great job of weaving their influences together so that it becomes their own singular sound, taking notes from indie rock of bands like The Weakerthans as well as classic Sunny Day Real Estate-era emo. Production from Matt Keller of Lydia makes the most of that sound, filling the drums and bass with the right amount of attack, while the guitars sound both shiny and urgent. Opener “Keep Talking” announces the record with a low organ and softly interplaying guitars, then the drums and bass come crashing in, and somehow everything floats back up as the vocals arrive. A great exercise in dynamics and tension, and one of the band’s finest songs. Hallock’s reedy tenor is a key component of the band’s sound. Though he’s been compared to Doug Martsch from Built to Spill, he has a lot more of an edge to his voice. Just listen to the way he spits out the first line of the excellent “Darling,” in which bassist Jon Collins lays down a heavy post-rock groove that keeps building until you think it can’t go any bigger. Which of course it does. “Diffuser” starts with one of the coolest moments on the record, as Eric Thompson’s insistent guitar tornado suddenly cuts out, echoing away until it’s only drums, leaving room for the guitars to come firing back in. The song is also one for the hardest, most infectious grooves of the record, and a great way to show off drummer Joel Knight. That track slowly fades into “Spin Your Web,” the quietest, slowest song, though there is still a sense of forward momentum happening here. Hallock gives a great vocal performance, nailing the melancholy of lines like “All of my ghosts/I loved you the most.” First single “Anchor” is the perfect synthesis of everything the band does right: intricate, angular guitar attacks, a growling bassline, that avalanche of drums. Plus, it comes loaded with a shimmering, majestic chorus that is deceptively catchy. You’ll be surprised how much you end up singing it to yourself after one listen. Built on a rumble of drums and chiming guitars, “Soak It In” finishes the EP off with one of the darkest sounding songs on the record. Gone is a great first offering from this band on the rise, be sure to hear them play it live at their EP Release Show with Fairy Bones, Saddles, and Huckleberry at Crescent Ballroom on April 8th

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LUAU /  Phoenix, Arizona

Described as a “group on the rise,” LUAU is a four piece Indie Rock/Alternative band from Phoenix, Arizona. The band is made of Evan Hallock (Vocals/Guitar), Eric Thompson (Guitar), Jon Collins (Bass) and Joel Knight (Drums). LUAU’s music consists of overlapping guitar parts, catchy vocal melodies and a solid rhythm session. LUAU has played at Crescent Ballroom, The Rebel Lounge, Rhythm Room and various other venues in the Valley. They recently wrapped up recording a six song EP titled “Gone” and was named as one of the top 17 bands to watch in 2017 by the Phoenix New Times. They have not slowed down, nor do they plan to.

"(Anchor) definitely left me wanting to hear more of what they have to offer. It starts with the strum of a single guitar underscoring a bittersweet lead vocal backed by a really nice harmony and takes on additional layers and urgency from there on its way to an anthemic chorus hook." - Arizona Republic

"With a breath lead vocal over abrasive guitar it begins sounding like Teenage Fanclub meets Sonic Youth, before exploding into a rhythmic assault akin to Gish era Smashing Pumpkins, while Hallock's vocals meet Billy Corgan, Nate Ruess and Gerard Way in a blender. It's propulsive and danceable with its understated synth flourishes, swirling psychedelic pop guitars and a vocal performance that is absolutely mesmerizing." - Phoenix New Times

"The Phoenix alt-indie act has a powerful sound that oscillates between subdued and unleashed on their new single, “Anchor”. Aggressive drums meet stadium-ready vocals on this reminiscent number. " - YabYum Music and Arts

Evan Hallock

Vocals/Guitar

Eric Thompson

Guitar

Jon Collins

Bassist

Joel Knight

Drums
Mar 29, 2017

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Review of EP "Gone" from YABYUM

The Gone EP by Luau is a nighttime record. The shimmering guitars float by like streetlamps out a car window, the insistent bass and drums conjuring up the speed and dread that can take hold in a dark city, and lead singer Evan Hallock’s pained vocals sound like a man driving with nowhere to go. On their debut offering, Luau does a great job of weaving their influences together so that it becomes their own singular sound, taking notes from indie rock of bands like The Weakerthans as well as classic Sunny Day Real Estate-era emo. Production from Matt Keller of Lydia makes the most of that sound, filling the drums and bass with the right amount of attack, while the guitars sound both shiny and urgent. Opener “Keep Talking” announces the record with a low organ and softly interplaying guitars, then the drums and bass come crashing in, and somehow everything floats back up as the vocals arrive. A great exercise in dynamics and tension, and one of the band’s finest songs. Hallock’s reedy tenor is a key component of the band’s sound. Though he’s been compared to Doug Martsch from Built to Spill, he has a lot more of an edge to his voice. Just listen to the way he spits out the first line of the excellent “Darling,” in which bassist Jon Collins lays down a heavy post-rock groove that keeps building until you think it can’t go any bigger. Which of course it does. “Diffuser” starts with one of the coolest moments on the record, as Eric Thompson’s insistent guitar tornado suddenly cuts out, echoing away until it’s only drums, leaving room for the guitars to come firing back in. The song is also one for the hardest, most infectious grooves of the record, and a great way to show off drummer Joel Knight. That track slowly fades into “Spin Your Web,” the quietest, slowest song, though there is still a sense of forward momentum happening here. Hallock gives a great vocal performance, nailing the melancholy of lines like “All of my ghosts/I loved you the most.” First single “Anchor” is the perfect synthesis of everything the band does right: intricate, angular guitar attacks, a growling bassline, that avalanche of drums. Plus, it comes loaded with a shimmering, majestic chorus that is deceptively catchy. You’ll be surprised how much you end up singing it to yourself after one listen. Built on a rumble of drums and chiming guitars, “Soak It In” finishes the EP off with one of the darkest sounding songs on the record. Gone is a great first offering from this band on the rise, be sure to hear them play it live at their EP Release Show with Fairy Bones, Saddles, and Huckleberry at Crescent Ballroom on April 8th

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Mar 02, 2017

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Top 17 Bands to Watch in 2017

LUAU may have only released a two-song cassingle last fall, but their reputation as a formidable live rock band has already spread rapidly. The cassingle was a double A-side affair that showed two different sides of the band. LUAU is Evan Hallock (vocals/guitar), Eric Thompson (guitar), Jon Collins (bass), and Joel Knight (drums), and they are on the cusp of releasing their debut EP, Gone. It’s an impressive record with dual guitars, thunderous rhythms, and Hallock’s voice winding through them like a vine gone wild exploring natural perfection. And that’s only the near future for LUAU; they have a lot more planned for the rest of the year. “We have been working on more material,” Hallock says. “And we’ll be playing that material in the next couple of months to see what works and doesn’t work.” This will mean seeing the band around town at a lot more shows, but they also have their sights set abroad. “We will be playing more shows in Flagstaff, Tucson, and out of state,” Hallock adds. Of course, the logical step of testing out the new material on live audiences at home and on the road will lead to another record. “We also have plans to record again this year for another release later this year,” Hallock says. This will be an enjoyable year to watch LUAU grow as they get more shows under their belt and more songs on stage. Until then, you can be satisfied that Gone will be released Saturday, April 8, with a celebration show at Valley Bar.

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Nov 10, 2016

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Phoenix New Times "Keep Talking" Review

If you scored a cassingle from Luau in the last month or so, you've already heard this song as the other side of their debut track "Anchor." Luau's been doing some pretty great things this year, but most of it has been with their engaging live show, though they keep anticipation high with the promise of the forthcoming Gone EP. This band pretty much had me at their demos early on, and with this second single they're really showing off their stuff. This is layers of guitars and a fascinating vocal that will keep your ears attentive for every second. I keep playing it back to back with "Anchor" because I can't figure out which song I enjoy more, and I'm curious if both will be on Gone. Luau is Evan Hallock (vocals/guitar), Eric Thompson (guitar) and Jon Collins (bass). While the music is majectic, it's Hallock's vocals that just do it in for me. There's a new breed of male vocalists in town, and Luau is right up there with El West and The Sink Or Swim in that regard. I have a feeling that this is another band that you'll be hearing a lot from next year and especially after they release their debut EP.

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Nov 07, 2016

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YabYum Keep Talking Write-up

The Phoenix band known as Luau released a two-track release back in October. “Keep Talking”, the second single from the band’s Cassingle, combines a radio-ready indie sound with anxious vocals. Don’t let the mellow intro lull you into a false security. The calm quickly gives way to a restless vibe that Luau pulls off by churning up a sea of sound. Listen to “Keep Talking” below and then head here to score your own limited-edition cassette copy of the two track single from Luau.

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Nov 01, 2016

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Arizona Republic Write-up

Yes, they are releasing a cassingle! On Cassette Store Day. What better way to celebrate the day? It features two songs from the "Gone" EP they're hoping to have done in time to hit the streets in January -- "Anchor" and "Keep Talking." I've only heard "Anchor," but it definitely left me wanting to hear more of what they have to offer. It starts with the strum of a single guitar underscoring a bittersweet lead vocal backed by a really nice harmony and takes on additional layers and urgency from there on its way to an anthemic chorus hook.

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Sep 15, 2016

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Phoenix New Times "Anchor" Review

LUAU has posted songs before, but "Anchor" is being touted as their first official single. They've been getting quite a reputation around town as a live band, and their first official release shows why. LUAU is Evan Hallock (vocals/guitar), Eric Thompson (guitars), Jon Collins (bass), Kyle Smith (drums) with Matt Keller on percussion and keys. With a breath lead vocal over abrasive guitar it begins sounding like Teenage Fanclub meets Sonic Youth, before exploding into a rhythmic assault akin to Gish era Smashing Pumpkins, while Hallock's vocals meet Billy Corgan, Nate Ruess and Gerard Way in a blender. It's propulsive and danceable with its understated synth flourishes, swirling psychedelic pop guitars and a vocal performance that is absolutely mesmerizing. This is the first single from their forthcoming Gone EP, and it sets the bar incredibly high for the rest of the record. In all seriousness if these guys don't have a hit on their hands it's not for lack of talent or trying. You can catch LUAU this Saturday, September 17, at Time Out Lounge in Tempe where they will be joined by Kim & The Banter, The Lonesome Wilderness and Shadow Waves.

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Sep 13, 2016

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