LaXula leads audiences on a journey of wonder and decadence. Songs drift effortlessly from the dusty sun-baked routes of Southern Spain to the urban vibrancy of the East London underground. There is a plaintive fiesta of influences from Flamenco to Arabic, Tango to Roma, laced with indie-rock psychedelia… the result is a uniquely dark and beguiling sound, that sounds oddly new and familiar at the same time.
Deeply routed in an ancient feminine spirit, this travelling band of captivating musicians and alluring performers present sensuous and bewitching music, with a remarkable stage presence that brings together neo-burlesque glamour and gypsy defiance. Fronted by charismatic lead singer and songwriter Monte Palafox, LaXula come across as a very powerful live band indeed.
With a life as colourful as her glamorous-punk outfits, Palafox has certainly a few stories to tell with her song-writing: After becoming a choreographer to herself aged 8, she continued with drama school, stints as a circus & cabaret dancer and eventually as a music student in Buenos Aires. After moving to London in the early 90s, she also trained as a jewellery maker, art therapist and, after becoming a mother herself, as a doula (birth assistant).
The band was initially formed in 2002 by an accidental encounter (Monte was looking for a cat but ended up meeting a like-minded musician) and came into its current format after a number of incarnations and adventures.
After time spent performing at off-beat venues and events in London, Madrid and Barcelona, and recording an album in Monte’s garden shed, more recently a few high profile support slots (BBC World Music Awards, Los de Abajo) and rave reviews of the album - even before its official release - got the buzz going about LaXula: The world is now taking notice!
The debut album, In-Xile, is due for release this fall (on Via Lactea/New Note) and a new string of performances will follow suit, planned for both fall and spring.