This L.A. quintet makes fashion music with a cinematic sweep befitting their home. Originally a trio attending University of Colorado, they eventually decamped to Lalaland, where they met Dominic Hardisty, best known for signing The Killers. Hardisty released their Life After Love EP on his UK label Marrakesh Records in 06, generating enough buzz to interest Sony, who released their self-titled debut full-length this April. Singer Lucas Fields quavering histrionic croon recalls Bryan Ferry, while the swooning piano-driven rock owes a debt to both the grandiose, broad-brushstroke canvases of British Sea Power and the brooding, churning retro 80s atmospheres of The Editors. Fields delivery can get too earnest (e.g., Save Yourself), which may be why this approach looks better on the stiff-lipped Britishhes more effective sneering over slinkier post-punk moments (Killer Bs). Even when the musics too familiar, though, the epic, stadium-ready polish is impressive.
Mon., Nov. 3, 8 p.m., 2008