[Photo Credit: Laura-Lynn Petrick]
(pronounced ah-lala's) is one of the few bands that is able to make retro sound cool and modern again. Their most recent album, Calico Review,
could be best described as sounding like a lost garage-rock record from 1960's California. I was able to chat with the band recently and we discussed their music, plans for the year, and highlights of 2016.
The band was formed in 2008 while three of the members were working at the legendary Amoeba Music record store. During this period they must have picked up a good amount of music history, because when asked if they considered themselves to be music revivalists, they responded "No, we're not trying to revive any specific genre of music. We take inspiration from a lot of different genres and piece it together into our own sound." This sound that they speak of was assembled at the historic Valentine Recording Studio in Los Angeles, where legends like Frank Zappa, The Beach Boys, and Bing Crosby all recorded. The site was abandoned for 35 years until it was reopened in 2016. Allah-Las was one of the first artists to record on the vintage gear that this studio boasts.
Allah-Las is made up of Pedrum Siadatian (vocals/lead guitar), Miles Michaud (vocals/rhythm guitar), Matthew Coreia (vocals/drum), and Spencer Dunham (vocals/bass). They described the process that went into making Calico Review
as lacking any one narrative, "everyone in the band wrote for the album. Each song ended up telling a different story." When asked if there were any commonalities between the 12 tracks, they said it all came down to a "shared musical tone."
The past few albums they've released have garnered them some serious attention. This has led them to sell out shows around the world and play high profile festivals like Bonnaroo and Coachella. When asked what their highlight of 2016 was, they spoke about touring through Europe and loving their stops in London. Hitting the road is once again on their minds for the new year as they said they looked forward to New Orleans, as well as starting their tour at Marfa Myth, a little music festival in Marfa, Texas. Other plans include constantly working on new music, possibly even recording a new EP sometime this year.