The brainchild of multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Luc Toews, Luxe has a unique, edgy and innovative sound. Bringing together elements of punk, alternative rock and, even in some cases, hip-hop, the solo artist certainly is genre-defying. Formed just over five years ago, Luxe began building a reputation as a solo musician with the release of his well-received debut EP Pipedream receiving airtime on various national college radio stations. Now, we see him featured on various music blogs including The Other Side Reviews (that’s us!) and Thoughts Words Action. The latest addition to his growing repertoire is the single ‘LA Girls’
Following his alternative rock single ‘Toxic’ (read our review here), Luxe showcases his innovativeness by adopting a heavier, harder and more imposing stance in ‘LA Girls’. Inspired by the sounds of bands like New Found Glory and Blink 182, the Canadian artist nods to the pop-rock and pop-punk genres with enthusiasm. It’s true that Luxe has a boundary-breaking style, however, there is a strong reminiscence to the likes of Sum 41, Good Charlotte, Fall Out Boy and Blink 182 in the new single.
Punching you between the eyes from the outset, ‘LA Girls’ is a combination of pounding drums, dynamic guitars (courtesy of Nick Toews) and gruff vocals. Yet, while Luxe whips the breath from your lungs in an intimate song, the track is quite refreshing breathing life into the lost pop-rock sounds of the early 2000s. We can still find melodies in this genre nowadays, but ‘LA Girls’ grabs your hand and shows you the beauty of yesteryear’s authenticity with his own originality. I can tell you all about the anthemic choruses and mind-blowing guitar solos, but it is the rawness of this track that showcases Luxe as a representation of pop-punk/pop-rock in the 21st century.
In addition to his single, Luxe released an official music video for ‘LA Girls’. I was unable to watch the video in its entirety as it contains lighting effects that can trigger seizures in people with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised.