Allah-Las

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Allah-Las
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Allah-Las performs at Piknik i Parken in Oslo on 25. June 2016.
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Garage rock, rock and roll, psychedelic rock, surf rock, 60s revival music
Years active 2008 (2008)–present
Labels Pres, Innovative Leisure, Mexican Summer
Website allahlas.com
Members
  • Matthew Correia
  • Spencer Dunham
  • Miles Michaud
  • Pedrum Siadatian

Allah-Las is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, United States, formed in 2008. The band consists of Matthew Correia (percussion), Spencer Dunham (bass), Miles Michaud (vocals, guitar), and Pedrum Siadatian (lead guitar).[1] When the band got together, three of them – Correia, Dunham and Siadatian – were working at Amoeba Music.[2]

History[edit]

The group was founded in 2008.[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]

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".[2] In 2014 they released their second album, Worship the Sun.[12]

The group released their third album, Calico Review, on September 9, 2016, out on Mexican Summer.[13]

Discography[edit]

Miles Michaud of Allah-Las live in 2013

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "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 w/Nick Waterhouse, 2012
  • "Had It All"/"Every Girl" - Innovative Leisure, 2013
  • "501-415"/"No Werewolf" - Innovative Leisure, 2014
  • "Famous Phone Figure" - Mexican Summer, 2016
  • "Could Be You" - Mexican Summer, 2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ Woodbury, Jason P. "The Allah-Las :: S/T". aquariumdrunkard.com. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Hann, Michael (20 January 2013). "Allah-Las: American cratediggers in London". guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Mayne, Chloe (October 21, 2014). "Interview: Allah-Las - 'It's Ingrained In Us'". Nothing but hope and passion. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  4. ^ "The Allah-Las :: Long Journey/Catamaran". aquariumdrunkard.com. 2 August 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Turner, Gustavo (11 August 2011). "The Allah-Las Put Their Retro Where Their Mouths Are". laweekly.com. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  6. ^ Sweeney, Eamon (28 November 2012). "Allah-Las: Retro fun hits sweet spot.". hotpress.com. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "The Desires From Broke Hands And Sweaty Backs". daytrotter.com. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Best Songs of 2012:151 - 200". daytrotter.com. 20 December 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  9. ^ Sendra, Tim. "Allah-Las - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". allmusic.com. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  10. ^ Hyden, Steven (November 30, 2012). "Allah-Las: The Allah-Las Album Review". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  11. ^ "Next: Allah-Las : NPR". npr.org. 15 October 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  12. ^ Sendra, Tim. "Worship the Sun - Allah-Las Review". AllMusic. Rovi. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  13. ^ Sendra, Tim. "Calico Review - Allah-Las Review". AllMusic. Rovi. Retrieved 2016-09-16.