Los Angeles-based garage rock revivalist quartet Allah-Las comprise lead vocalist/guitarist Miles Michaud, lead guitarist/vocalist Pedrum Siadatian, bassist/vocalist Spencer Dunham, and drummer/vocalist Matthew Correia. 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, and released on his Pres label. Their alliance with Waterhouse continued as they released two singles during 2012 on his new label, Innovative Leisure: a split single with the boss featuring their song "(Tell Me) What's on Your Mind," and another single featuring that song with "Sacred Sands" on the flip.
Their Waterhouse-produced self-titled album was issued in September of that year and featured all their previously released tracks, plus nine more. After spending time touring, the band hit the studio again with Waterhouse to produce their second album of laid-back garage psych moodiness. Worship the Sun was released in September of 2014, again by Innovative Leisure. 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 September 2016 on their new label home of Mexican Summer. The following year saw Allah-Las release Covers, Vol. 1, the first in a series of EPs exploring the band's myriad influences. ~ Tim Sendra
- Los Angeles, CA