Electronic indie band Retrolux will release their highly anticipated second extended play titled “Optics,” and perform alongside special guests DVWEZ and King Complex at The Atlantic this Thursday.
Local electronic duo Anna James and Maynard Shaye created Retrolux, a pulsing indie band constantly creating dreamy, nostalgic electronica. They’ve been compared to the indie band CHVRCHES, according to their website.
Kelsie Walker, a 20-year-old UF marketing sophomore, works for Swamp Records, the student-run record label that signed Retrolux. Walker said Retrolux brings an element of electronic music that she thinks Gainesville is missing.
“EDM music is becoming such a massive genre with massive followings, and Retrolux has been able to bring some of that here,” Walker said. “I have seen them multiple times, and I always love hearing them live. Simply, it’s really good music.”
Retrolux signed with Swamp Records in the middle of 2016, and they’ve quickly built a loyal fan-base since the release of their first extended play, “Real Life,” in March 2017. There’s also a sense of satisfaction while listening to their music, knowing the duo met and started in Gainesville.
“I do personally get a lot of pride from seeing them perform because everyone at Swamp Records has seen them from the beginning,” said Walker. “Specifically their team has seen the hard work that the duo has put in and it’s incredible to have such good music close to home.”
Gabriella Alzola, a 19-year-old UF public relations sophomore, also works for Swamp Records. From helping the band set up for their shows, she knows firsthand how dedicated Retrolux is when it comes to their fans and music.
“It’s awesome watching them grow as artists and develop a larger fan base,” said Alzola. “It’s such a great feeling knowing that we get to help them do what they’re so passionate about.”
Working in the music industry, Alzola isn’t surprised that Retrolux is becoming one of the many successful up-and-coming bands that have gotten their start in Gainesville.
“The music scene in Gainesville is very versatile but definitely thriving,” said Alzola. “There are always different events going on throughout the week, so there is pretty much something for everyone.”
Alzola said she hopes fans of the band enjoy Thursday’s show, and that those who haven’t heard of the band become fans and leave the venue wanting to hear more.
Walker said that while she’s most excited to hear the music, she’s also excited for the outfits, as Retrolux is always very stylish.
“Each person has their own experience at concerts, which is so personal, so I suggest coming with no expectations except to have a good time, and it won’t disappoint,” said Walker.
The 18-and-over Retrolux EP Release at The Atlantic starts at 9 p.m. and ends at 1 a.m. Tickets are on sale for $7 on showclix.com and $10 at the door.