Allah-Las in LA @ The Regent Theater on October 8; new album “Calico Review” out September 9 on Mexican Summer




Photo credit: Laura-Lynn Petrick   
“The vintage sounds of Allah-Las combine the harmonies and hooks of the British
Invasion with the atmosphere of a West Coast psychedelic band.”—NPR’s “World Café

“They consistently deliver impressive performances; their harmonies, guitars,
and percussion are all point-perfect.”—Pitchfork

“Cramming as much guts and passion as possible into three and a half minutes or
less - while burning it’s own path, with brooding, lonesome songs, tightly restrained
surf inflected musings on girls and freedom”—The New Yorker  

 “Los Angeles garage-rock gurus Allah-Las tap into an alternate reality where the world
 is but a California dream. Their crunchy, loose-groovin’ tunes evoke desert trips, motorcycle rides, surf safaris, and casual come-ons dished out by coiffed strangers.”—SPIN

Los Angeles-based Allah-Las will release their highly anticipated new albumCalico Review on September 9 via Mexican Summer. The album is now available for pre-order here: http://smarturl.it/CalicoxWebstore. Additionally, the band is debuting the video for their first single from the record “Famous Phone Figure,” directed by Robbie Simon.  View and share HERE. Using string instruments and an underlining of a three-note drumming theme, the song revolves around a character sketch of an unknowable woman.

The album was recorded in Los Angeles’ historic Valentine Recording Studio, which had lain dormant since 1979. The studio’s reopening in July 2015 allowed the band to use historic recording equipment including a 1964 Universal Audio 610 soundboard, the same board on which The Beach Boys recorded Pet Sounds. ForCalico Review, Allah-Las experiment with new instrumentation adding viola, harpsichord, Mellotron and theremin to their sound. The twelve tracks on Calico Review demonstrate how the group has pivoted from focusing on specific influences to crafting songs that reflect their own feelings of freedom, grit and melancholy. The result showcases their evolution as songwriters and arrangers.

Allah-Las is composed of Pedrum Siadatian (vocals/lead guitar), Miles Michaud(vocals/rhythm guitar), Matthew Correia (vocals/drum), and Spencer Dunham(vocals/bass). The band was formed in 2008 while three of the members were working at the legendary Amoeba Music record store. “We were all music fans before we were musicians,” says Correia. “We’ve spent a lot of time listening to music, and understanding what works for us and what doesn’t.” Their 2011 self-titled debut was nominated for independent album of the year by the A2IM Libbys. Of the debut, Pitchfork said, “it sounds like 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.”

In 2014, their sophomore LP Worship The Sun received critical acclaim from The Los Angeles Times who said the album “…lets the band’s trippy vintage rock absorb all sorts of new Southern California influences. Latin drumming, L.A.’s midcentury avant-garde beach culture and Laurel Canyon harmonies.” LA Weeklyhas noted, “their sound is steeped in the pop sensibilities of The Zombies and The Kinks, laced with Northern Soul, lo-fi funk and the ever-enduring influence of Arthur Lee and Love.”

The band has toured extensively with sold out tours and high profile festival dates throughout North, Central, and South America, Europe, South Africa, Russia, Mexico and Israel. For the upcoming North American dates will have the group, TOPS, supporting in September and October. See below for full tour dates. 

1. Strange Heat
2. Satisfied
3. Could Be You
4. High & Dry
5. Mausoleum
6. Roadside Memorial
7. Autumn Dawn
8. Famous Phone Figure
9. 200 South La Brea
10. Warmed Kippers
11. Terra Ignota
12. Place In The Sun

July 29—Underground Music Showcase—Denver, CO
August 21—Full Moon Festival—Governors Island, NY
September 5—Beauty Bar—Las Vegas, NVSeptember 6—Urban Lounge—Salt Lake City, UT
September 9—Off Broadway—St. Louis, MOSeptember 10—Hi-Tone Café—Memphis, TN
September 11—Exit/In—Nashville, TN
September 12—The Basement—Columbus, OHSeptember 15—Rock & Roll Hotel—Washington, DC
September 18—Brighton Music Hall—Boston, MA
September 19—Johnny Brenda's—Philadelphia, PA
September 21—La Tulipe—Montreal, QC
September 22—Lee's Palace—Toronto, ONSeptember 23—Double Door—Chicago, IL
September 24—Turf Club—St. Paul, MN
September 28—Neumos—Seattle, WA
September 29—Wonder BallroomPortland, OROctober 7—Pappy & Harriet's—Pioneertown, CA
October 8—The Regent TheaterLos Angeles, CA