Smart Bets web extra: The Luxury Spirit

Local band The Luxury Spirit is busy at work on a sophomore full-length to be titled Forgotten Albatross. That project was fully-and-a-half funded back in January, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign.

For the last year or so, the lineup has been Bob Burnette on vocals and guitar; George Sweet on bass, keys and cello; Matt Aycock on percussion; and Tyler Larson on lead guitar. Together they craft a sound based in Americana-tinged indie-rock but sometimes edging more toward alt-rock and other times underscored by moody melodies shaded by the cello’s sentimental voice. The band describes its sound as “Moments of slight progressive leanings and shoe-gaze daydreaming … spacey melodic rock and major key melancholia.” In fact, the group seems to let loose and do its most innovative work in those melancholy moments, when Burnette’s capable vocal edges into its higher register and the instrumentation paints shades of natural landscapes and misty fields of emotion.

They also promise “a huge, wailing sound” live.

The Luxury Spirit takes the stage at The Lab on Thursday, June 27. The Beast of Riverdale also performs. 9:30 p.m., $5.


Thanks for reading through to the end…

We share your inclination to get the whole story. For the past 25 years, Xpress has been committed to in-depth, balanced reporting about the greater Asheville area. We want everyone to have access to our stories. That’s a big part of why we've never charged for the paper or put up a paywall.

We’re pretty sure that you know journalism faces big challenges these days. Advertising no longer pays the whole cost. Media outlets around the country are asking their readers to chip in. Xpress needs help, too. We hope you’ll consider signing up to be a member of Xpress. For as little as $5 a month — the cost of a craft beer or kombucha — you can help keep local journalism strong. It only takes a moment.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. She is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.