Allah-Las

Allah-Las are an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2008. The band consists of Miles Michaud (vocals, guitar), Matthew Correia (percussion, vocals), Spencer Dunham (bass, vocals), and Pedrum Siadatian (lead guitar, vocals).[1]

Allah-Las
Allah-Las performs at Piknik i Parken in Oslo on 25. June 2016.
Allah-Las performs at Piknik i Parken in Oslo on 25. June 2016.
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California
GenresPsychedelic rock, garage rock, folk rock, rock and roll, surf rock, jangle pop
Years active2008 (2008)–present
LabelsPres, Innovative Leisure, Mexican Summer, Because Music
Associated actsPAINT, Tim Hill
Websiteallahlas.com
Members
  • Matthew Correia
  • Spencer Dunham
  • Miles Michaud
  • Pedrum Siadatian

HistoryEdit

The group was founded in 2008,[2] when school friends Matt Correia and Spencer Dunham met Pedrum Siadatian while working together at Amoeba Records in Los Angeles. They began jamming, and together with Correia and Dunham's fellow school friend, Miles Michaud, formed the band.[3] They released their first 7-inch recording in 2011, "Catamaran/Long Journey", produced by Nick Waterhouse for his Pres label.[4] In 2012, they released a second single, "Tell Me (What's on Your Mind)/Sacred Sands", produced again by Waterhouse but this time for their new label, Innovative Leisure. One reviewer commented that "their sound is steeped in the pop sensibilities of The Zombies, The Kinks and The Yardbirds, laced with Northern Soul, lo-fi funk and the ever-enduring influence of Arthur Lee and Love".[5][6] Allah-Las were featured in a Daytrotter session in May 2012 and their performance of Catamaran was named one of the top 200 Daytrotter songs of the year.[7][8]

In September 2012, Allah-Las released their self-titled debut LP, also produced by Waterhouse for Innovative Leisure.[9] The album has been described as "an effortlessly wistful batch of starry-eyed, minor-key beauties that gently ruminate on the usual young-guy subjects: sex, freedom, the ways the former can interfere with the latter and vice versa".[10] In October 2012, NPR's World Café featured two songs of Allah-Las, noting that "the music captures the carefree, breezy sounds of California... dreamy romanticism [with] a vibe that can feel both joyous and melancholy".[11] In October 2019, the album landed at no. 22 on Happy Mag's list of "The 25 best psychedelic rock albums of the 2010s", labeled as "a staple in surf-rock and ’60s revival."[12]

[13] Allah-Las completed their first tour in 2011, up the California coast from San Diego to San Francisco. They toured the East Coast and Europe during 2012, where their first show in London, UK was described by The Guardian as "a blissful 45 minutes on a cold night".[3] In 2014 they released their second album, Worship the Sun.[14]

The group released their third album, Calico Review, on September 9, 2016, out on Mexican Summer.[15] The album was recorded in mid-2016 at the Valentine Recording Studio in Los Angeles, California.

In August 2017, an Allah-Las concert in Rotterdam was cancelled after Dutch police, acting on a tip-off from their Spanish counterparts, stopped a van containing gas canisters near the venue.[16] The event occurred six days after an Islamist terror cell killed 16 people in the Barcelona area.[17]

On November 3, 2017, the band released the EP Covers #1 on Mexican Summer. The EP consists of four covers of songs by George Harrison, Television, Kathy Heideman, and Further. Noisey's Lindsay MaHarry said of the EP: "Despite their sound’s inherent lightheartedness, the weight of a certain melancholy is palpable. It’s a dichotomy that, on both Covers #1 and the band’s previous releases, elevates Allah Las’s work beyond the confines of the two-dimensional 60s pop they’re often compared to."[18] The EP was recorded in Topanga Canyon, California at the Pump House with the help of Kyle Mullarky.

In October 2019, the band released the album LAHS.[citation needed] The album was received with generally positive reviews.[19] Exclaim's Allie Gregory dubbed the album "the perfect atmospheric soundtrack for a backyard party with boozy beverages and adult tokeables",[13] whereas Clash Magazine's Jack Docherty labeled it "a record where the sunshine is too few and far between."[20]

DiscographyEdit

 
Miles Michaud of Allah-Las live in 2013

AlbumsEdit

Allah-Las (2012)
No.TitleLength
1."Catamaran"3:34
2."Don't You Forget It"3:04
3."Busman's Holiday"3:28
4."Sacred Sands"3:31
5."No Voodoo"3:01
6."Sandy"2:44
7."Ela Navega"3:54
8."Tell Me (What's on Your Mind)"3:32
9."Catalina"3:43
10."Vis-A-Vis"3:28
11."Seven Point Five"2:47
12."Long Journey"3:12
Total length:39:56
Worship the Sun (2014)
No.TitleLength
1."De Vida Voz"2:31
2."Had It All"2:40
3."Artifact"3:33
4."Ferus Gallery"3:35
5."Recurring"2:16
6."Nothing to Hide"3:40
7."Buffalo Nickel"2:46
8."Follow You Down"3:10
9."501-415"1:43
10."Yemeni Jade"2:38
11."Worship the Sun"2:49
12."Better Than Mine"2:49
13."No Werewolf" (bonus track)2:28
14."Every Girl" (bonus track)3:25
Total length:40:03
Calico Review (2016)
No.TitleLength
1."Strange Heat"2:25
2."Satisfied"3:39
3."Could Be You"3:13
4."High & Dry"2:51
5."Mausoleum"2:31
6."Roadside Memorial"2:38
7."Autumn Dawn"3:36
8."Famous Phone Figure"2:25
9."200 South La Brea"2:50
10."Warmed Kippers"2:51
11."Terra Ignota"3:26
12."Place in the Sun"3:07
Total length:35:32
LAHS (2019)
No.TitleLength
1."Holding Pattern"4:08
2."Keeping Dry"3:54
3."In the Air"2:13
4."Prazer em Te Conhecer"3:06
5."Roco Ono"4:02
6."Star"4:08
7."Royal Blues"2:32
8."Electricity"2:58
9."Light Yearly"4:01
10."Polar Onion"2:46
11."On Our Way"3:34
12."Houston"2:13
13."Pleasure"4:22
Total length:43:57

SinglesEdit

  • "Catamaran" / "Long Journey" – Pres, 2011
  • "Tell Me (What's on Your Mind)" / "Sacred Sands" – Innovative Leisure, 2012
  • "Don't You Forget It" (Record Store Day split with Nick Waterhouse) – Innovative Leisure, 2012
  • "Had It All" b/w "Every Girl" – Innovative Leisure, 2013
  • "501-415" b/w "No Werewolf" – Innovative Leisure, 2014
  • "Autumn Dawn" (alternate version) b/w "Hereafter" – Mexican Summer, 2017
  • "Famous Phone Figure" b/w "Burning in Heaven" – Mexican Summer, 2017
  • "Could Be You" b/w "Brittany Glasz" – Mexican Summer, 2017
  • "Raspberry Jam" – Mexican Summer, 2019 (from the soundtrack for Self Discovery for Social Survival)

Other appearancesEdit

  • "Marionberry Jam" – A Decade Deeper (track 9) – Mexican Summer, 2018
  • "Mulberry Jam" – Self Discovery for Social Survival (track 2) – Mexican Summer, 2019
  • "Raspberry Jam" – Self Discovery for Social Survival (track 4) – Mexican Summer, 2019
  • "Blueberry Jam" – Self Discovery for Social Survival (track 5) – Mexican Summer, 2019
  • "Boysenberry Jam" – Self Discovery for Social Survival (track 7) – Mexican Summer, 2019
  • "Blackberry Jam" – Self Discovery for Social Survival (track 8) – Mexican Summer, 2019

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Woodbury, Jason P. "The Allah-Las :: S/T". aquariumdrunkard.com. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
  2. ^ Mayne, Chloe (October 21, 2014). "Interview: Allah-Las - 'It's Ingrained In Us'". Nothing but hope and passion. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Hann, Michael (January 20, 2013). "Allah-Las: American cratediggers in London". guardian.co.uk. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
  4. ^ "The Allah-Las :: Long Journey/Catamaran". aquariumdrunkard.com. August 2, 2011. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
  5. ^ Turner, Gustavo (August 11, 2011). "The Allah-Las Put Their Retro Where Their Mouths Are". laweekly.com. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
  6. ^ Sweeney, Eamon (November 28, 2012). "Allah-Las: Retro fun hits sweet spot". hotpress.com. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
  7. ^ "The Desires From Broke Hands And Sweaty Backs". daytrotter.com. May 14, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
  8. ^ "Best Songs of 2012:151 - 200". daytrotter.com. December 20, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
  9. ^ Sendra, Tim. "Allah-Las - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". allmusic.com. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
  10. ^ Hyden, Steven (November 30, 2012). "Allah-Las: The Allah-Las Album Review". pitchfork.com. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  11. ^ "Next: Allah-Las : NPR". npr.org. October 15, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
  12. ^ "The 25 best psychedelic rock albums of the 2010s". Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  13. ^ a b "Allah Las LAHS". exclaim.ca. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  14. ^ Sendra, Tim. "Worship the Sun - Allah-Las Review". AllMusic. Rovi. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  15. ^ Sendra, Tim. "Calico Review - Allah-Las Review". AllMusic. Rovi. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  16. ^ "Allah-Las gig cancelled in Rotterdam due to terror warning". The Guardian. August 23, 2017.
  17. ^ "Terreurverdachte Rotterdam is online-lokterrorist: 'Zijn enige doel was terroristen ontmaskeren'". De Volkskrant (in Dutch). August 30, 2017.
  18. ^ MaHarry, Lindsay (January 31, 2018). "The Allah-Las Made a Covers Album That Actually Rules". Vice. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  19. ^ "LAHS by Allah-Las". Metacritic. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  20. ^ "Allah Las - LAHS". Clash Magazine. Retrieved October 15, 2019.