If there's any particular L.A. band that manages to channel the shoegaze dreaminess of the late-eighties into a more modern pop sound it's Languis. It becomes even more obvious in a live setting that the band have transformed themselves from a Seefeel-like ambient project into a full-fledged pop band utilizing the magnificent sounds and influence of early Ride and Echo & The Bunnymen. This is mainly due to the addition of two new members in that past year or so, John Girgus (Aberdeen) and Stephen Swesey (Tristeza). This new combination has breathed new life into the band and created more room for their musicianship, colorful guitar playing, and voices to take center stage. Tonight's record release celebration of Other Desert Cities (PEHR) captures Languis at their finest and most vulnerable stage. It was truly amazing and reaffirming to see and hear these new songs performed in a backdrop of deep reds and blues. The band heads off on tour this month throughout the US and finish their trek back home in L.A. at The Hotel Cafe, April 22nd.
-Photo by Scott McDonald