Monday, July 8, 2013


ALLAH-LAS - S/T LP (Innovative Leisure)
This LP by California's Allah-Las already came out in 2012, but I've totally overseen back then. It's really nothing but a killer record: Many current bands are influenced by music from the 60s, but Allah-Las are probably the best or at least the most unique among them. They combine influences ranging from surf to psych, folk, garage and primal rock'n'roll. Don't expect any heavy fuzz or distortions, the focus is more on writing harmonic beautiful pop tunes. The result are songs with smart instrumental arrangements based on a delay-loaded and reverb-friendly lead guitar, a warm sounding second guitar, dry rhythmic bass lines, no frills beats, a few percussions and plenty of brilliant vocal harmonies. This is how Allah-Las take the best parts of early Rolling Stones, 13th Floor Elevators and Velvet Underground to create their own fresh style of 60s inspired music. Compatible with this, the oldfashioned but powerful production underlines this 60s vibe very well. Think of a more heart-warming and dreamy side of Jacuzzi Boys, Black Lips, People's Temple and Mikal Cronin and you'll probably get an idea how fantastic Allah-Las' selftitled debut full lenght sounds like. (Listen to it here)