Artist of The Day: Allah-Las

posted by Shane German on 08/14/2019

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Wednesday, August 14th: ALLAH-LAS

Allah-Las is a Los Angeles-based garage rock revivalist quartet. Three of the four bandmembers were working in the L.A. branch of the legendary record store Amoeba when the group formed in 2008, and they must have spent a great deal of time researching the garage and psychedelic sounds of the '60s while propping up the counter. Their sound combines the harmonies and pop hooks of the British Invasion, the trippy atmosphere of West Coast psychedelic bands, and the raw swagger of countless American garage rockers. They made their debut on vinyl in 2011 with a single ("Catamaran"/"Long Journey") produced by friend of the group and old-school soul revivalist Nick Waterhouse.

Their Waterhouse-produced self-titled album was issued in 2012. After spending time touring, “Worship the Sun” was released in 2014. For their next album, the band worked at the recently reopened Valentine Recording Studios, a legendary spot where bands like the Beach Boys and artists like Stan Kenton recorded. It had closed in the late '70s and the band was one of the first to use its refurbished equipment. The resulting “Calico Review” was released in 2016. The following year saw Allah-Las release “Covers, Vol. 1,” the first in a series of EPs exploring the band's myriad influences.

Allah-Las will be performing at The Pyramid Scheme tonight in support of their new album due out in October.

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