The Luyas

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The Luyas
Jessie Stein of the Luyas
Background information
Origin Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres Indie rock
Years active 2006 (2006)–present
Labels Dead Oceans, Paper Bag Records, Idée Fixe, Pome, You've Changed
Associated acts Bell Orchestre
Members Pietro Amato
Mathieu Charbonneau
Jessie Stein
Mark "Bucky" Wheaton
Past members Stefan Schneider (2006-2012)

The Luyas are a Canadian indie rock band formed in 2006 from Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


The Luyas did their first live performance in December 2006. Their first album, Faker Death came out in August 2007, and was re-released in January 2008 on Pome Records; that label was subsequently disbanded and the album's distribution rights were picked up by You've Changed Records.

Jessie Stein, formerly active in SS Cardiacs,[1] is also a member of Miracle Fortress, and is the sister of By Divine Right's José Miguel Contreras.[2] Amato and Schneider are both members of Bell Orchestre, Amato also plays in Torngat and was formerly a horn player for Arcade Fire.

The band played at the Pop Montreal festival in 2008 and the M for Montreal Festival in 2009.[3]

The band uses an uncommon set of instruments featuring guitars, a French horn, piles of keyboards, drums and percussion. Singer/guitarist Jessie Stein expands the band’s musical vocabulary when she plays the Moodswinger, a 12-string electric zither designed by the Dutch experimental luthier Yuri Landman. The band became a four-piece band with the addition of Mathieu Charbonneau in their line-up.

The Luyas were profiled by McSweeneys in the spring of 2010. In the same year the band signed to Dead Oceans for a release of their second album. Working with engineer Jeff McMurrich (Tindersticks, Constantines), The Luyas have also teamed up with friend and colleague Owen Pallett, who is lending his arranging skills and violin playing to a number of tracks.

The Luyas released their second album Too Beautiful to Work on Dead Oceans in February 2011. The Canadian release of the record was also in February 2011 via a new imprint called Idée Fixe Records.

On January 9, 2012, the band announced that Stefan Schneider would no longer be playing with the band, stating, "We love him, but he's got other plans.". Schneider was replaced by former Land of Talk drummer, Mark Wheaton.

Their third studio album, Animator, was announced with an October 16, 2012, release date on Paper Bag Records. In June 2013, the album was longlisted for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize. In September 2016 the band released the six track EP Say You through Paper Bag Records and embarked on a tour in support.[4]




  • Tiny Head/Spherical Mattress 7" 2009, Self-Released[5]
  • The Luyas/Twin Sister split 7" 2011, Dead Oceans
  • Say You, 2016


  • Faker Death, 2007, re-release 2008, Pome Records
  • Too Beautiful to Work, February 2011, Dead Oceans[6]
  • Animator, October 2012, Dead Oceans
  • Human Voicing, February 2017

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Luyas (and Jessie Stein)". The Panic Manual. 2007-10-04. Retrieved 2012-10-15.
  2. ^ "Cardiacs Attack". Now, May 26, 2005.
  3. ^ review on
  4. ^ "The Luyas 'Says You' (EP stream)". Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  5. ^ Un. "the Luyas | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Retrieved 2012-10-15.
  6. ^ "The Luyas – Tiny Head". Verbicide Magazine. 2010-12-27. Retrieved 2012-10-15.

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