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Louis XIV Reunion Show – Live & On Stage Tonight!
Louis XIV is an American Post-punk revival band from San Diego, California
Louis XIV formed in April 2003 while living in Paris, France.
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One of the biggest bands to come out of San Diego in the last 10 years is set to rise from the ashes Thursday at Fluxx.
Fans will get their first look at glam rockers Louis XIV for the first time in more than a year and a half when the band reunites during Fluxx LIVE as part of the nightclub’s 1-year birthday celebrations.
Louis XIV were named by Rolling Stone as one of the Top 10 bands to watch in 2005. Years of touring with the Killers, the Editors and an opening slot for the Sex Pistols did nothing to quiet that buzz, yet, in 2009, the band’s two remaining original members, Brian Karscig and Jason Hill, decided to put the group on pause.
Since then, Karscig has put together the Nervous Wreckords with Cornershop’s Anthony Saffery, putting out the Nailbiter EP and the full-length Valuminun, which went on sale last year and is set to be re-released next month.
On Friday, I sat down with the Karscig, a self-admitted restaurant fan, at Saffron at the foot of Mission Hills, for a bite of Thai and an earful of band history. The NW frontman was on the downward spiral of a cold (“feeling funky,” as he put it) but stayed game for the interview and lunch before heading home for a day of movie-watching. Oh, and if you’re wondering: That hat — you know the one — stayed on for the duration.
One of the things that might surprise people about the Karscig — and other musicians — is how hard they work.
“I haven’t really had a day off in a while,” the black-clad musician said. “I’ve been producing a band out of Portland called SubSurfer for the last couple weeks and just finished mixing them the day before yesterday, and then yesterday was the first Louis XIV rehearsal.”
Hill and Karscig are grabbing rehearal time where they can. Last week they were at Karscig’s house in the College area, and they planned on meeting up again this week in Los Angeles, where Hill moved to after Louis went on hiatus. It’s not all about the old stuff this time, though.
“A little of both — it wasn’t really an intention,” Karscig said. “I’ve been busy with Nervous Wreckords, and J moved to L.A. to pursue producing work, and, you know, he called me up one day and was like, ‘Dude, let’s get together and see if we can’t come up with some stuff and … maybe put the band back together. I was like, ‘All right,’ so we went in the studio and started recording something and tracked a new song called ‘Smoking Kills,’ and it was the first song we put together in two years…. It felt right.”
The night’s festivities will be hosted by FM 94/9′s Tim Pyles, who connection to Louis goes way back.
“I’m excited,” Pyles said about the Thursday night show. “I’ve been a part of the whole Louis XIV experience. I played them first on the radio, and I booked them at the Casbah, and it’s exciting to see their return.”
The DJ and local music maven said a brand new Louis XVI song, “Send It in a Letter,” will be featured Thursday on 94/9 at a little after 2 p.m. as the Local 94/9′s Local Member of the Day.
Karscig said the new song he worked on with the band was not a musical departure — “it felt like Louis” — but, according to Karscig, the post-punk popsters didn’t break up so much as things got weird during and immediately after several months of international touring. The guitarist and singer said that things were in transition with the label they were on, and there was turnover both within the band and with the people they worked with.
“It just started to feel very forced — uninspired — what we were doing,” Karscig said, be-ringed fingers working his orange chopsticks. “So I basically wanted to take a year off, and put [a musical partnership with Saffery together] and go back into the clubs and write with no pressure. I think that initially irritated the guys, but, you know, now I think we all realize: It gave everybody a good year and a half to do whatever else we wanted to do.”
So what’s it going to be like on Thursday night at the giant downtown club Fluxx? Well, at the very least, it will be familiar territory for Karscig, who took the stage less then a month ago at a show headlined by Grammy-winner Cee-Lo Green.
“Now I guess we’re going to see how that goes — it’s either going to be the greatest thing we ever could have done, or …” Karscig said, before going on to praise the new songs he and Hill have been crafting.
Fans can make up their own minds on Thursday night at Fluxx — tickets are still available for the show, which also features opening acts Leslands and Hot Moon.
Source: Rock Star Reunion | NBC San Diego
Louis XIV bows back in at Fluxx
San diego rock band to perform for first time in more than two years Thursday night at Fluxx, which is celebrating its first anniversary
By George Varga – UNION-TRIBUNE
Photo: Jennifer Tza
Louis XIV, with Leslands, Hot Moon and DJ IkahLove
When: 9 p.m. Thursday, March 10
Where: Fluxx, 500 Fourth Ave., downtown
Tickets: $20 (21-and-up)
Phone: (619) 232-8100
Does one good reunion beget another?
That would seem to be the case with Louis XIV, the San Diego rock band that tonight performs for the first time anywhere in more than two years.
The four-man group’s gig at downtown’s Fluxx, which this weekend celebrates its first anniversary, comes just two months after three of Louis XIV’s former members — drummer Mark Maigaard and singers and multi-instrumentalists Brian Karscig and Jason Hill — reunited their previous band, the country-rocking Convoy, after an eight-year hiatus. (Some of Convoy’s other former members went on to form the hard-rocking Dirty Sweet.)
Of course, it may be purely coincidental that Convoy’s two January shows at the Casbah are now being followed by tonight’s gig at Fluxx. Whatever the inspiration to regroup, the return of Louis XIV (whose fourth member is bassist James Armbrust) is cause for excitement.
“The Convoy reunion got me, Mark and Jason on stage together for the first time in a couple of years, and it felt good and was really fun,” Karscig said Wednesday. “It kind of got us all back in the same room, playing music together, and enough time has gone by that we miss that from each other. It feels right and natural (now). We talked and everybody was for it.”
Equal parts glam, punk, garage and hard-rock, with a (take your pick) healthy or unhealthy does of attitude, Louis XIV’s music was rarely innovative. But what the band lacked in vision, it compensated for with its inviting songs (some filled with proudly sleazy lyrics, others more brooding) and celebratory stage shows. For a young audience that wasn’t around to catch the glam-rock heyday of T. Rex, David Bowie, Mott the Hoople and the New York Dolls, Louis XIV’s sound and look seemed almost revelatory. For those old enough to remember the first time aroundl, the band’s music made it clear the group’s members had done their homework very well.
With two major-label albums and several extensive tours with The Killers under its belt, Louis XIV learned how to command attention in 20,000-seat venues around the world. The opportunity to hear the older and wiser Karscig, Hill and company reunite, especially in an intimate venue like Fluxx, is too good to pass up. As an added bonus, tonight’s show will also feature former Louis XIV and Killers touring member Ray Suen, a UCSD graduate.
“We rehearsed Monday in Los Angeles, and it’s been fun playing these songs again. This music is in our bones,” said Suen, now an L.A. resident. “As an added bonus for the Fluxx gig, we’re adding two other violinists, who are graduates of Point Loma Nazarene University who have been working with Brian in his new band, the Nervous Wreckords.” (The Nervous Wreckords will, incidentally, be the opening act several of the shows on Killers’ front man Brandon Flowers solo tour, including the sold-out April 14 San Diego date at House of Blues.)
Suen first played with those two violinists, Melissa Barrison and Regina Brown, when all three were part of the string section that accompanied pop vocal Rihanna (visually, if not musically) during her half-time performance last month at the NBA All-Star Game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
“I think we’ll have the strings playing for at least half the show,” Karscig said. “We do have a couple of new songs — whether we’ll get around to playing them remains to be seen. They were played on our last tour in Europe, when Jimmy and Mark had left the band and we had hired hands in their place. The songs are on the set list for Fluxx and we’ll call an audible; we may play them , we may not.”
Is reuniting the band like getting back on a bike?
“No,” Karscig replied. “The song ‘Guilt By Association’ was hard to write and is still hard to play. Other songs came back as we were playing them at a few rehearsals in Los Angeles. We’re doing another rehearsal tonight in San Diego. It was fun to go over all the songs and realize how may there were and how exciting they are to. The rehearsals have turned out better than any of us expected. For now, this is a one-off. We’ve had offers to play from around the world. We’ll see how Fluxx goes.”
(Fun fact: Suen performs here Friday night at the Belly Up with his current band, Mariachi El Bronx, on a double-bill with Devotchka.)