The Allah-Las made me realize that in many ways we listen to music that espouses a lifestyle we aspire to. This music makes me want to manifest a lifestyle good enough to deserve it. There's a peaceful, satisfied, flow here that pushes buttons I didn't even know I had.
Favorite track: Ferus Gallery.
This album has a gauzy and sunny consistency that still allows an incredible variety of influences from decades of American music to shine through, syncretized into California goodness.
Favorite track: Follow You Down.
i love this record. it's one that sounds great having coffee on a sunday morning, but even better with the stereo REALLY LOUD cruising down the highway with the top down.
Favorite track: Had It All.
Allah-Las met while working at Amoeba Music, a key destination for music lovers in Los Angeles. While this experience helped shape their sensibility, their sound was forged in an underground basement where they came together as a band. They began gigging in Los Angeles in 2008, refining their live performance, and finally released their first 7” single Catamaran / Long Journey in 2011. In 2012, they- began their relationship with Innovative Leisure, releasing their first self-titled album, Allah-Las, anchored by their second single Tell Me (What’s On Your Mind) / Sacred Sands. The release was met with critical acclaim and the band toured extensively in the States and abroad before going back into the studio to record their follow-up.
Allah-Las' second album, Worship The Sun, expands on the sound established by their maiden effort, honing their fusion of West Coast garage rock and roll, Latin percussion and electric folk. As richly textured and timeless as a Southern California beach break, the songs are evocative of Los Angeles’ storied past. Beatniks, artists, surfers, nomads. Remnants of a bygone Sunset Strip. Golden tans and cosmic sunsets. One can feel the warmth of the sun, but the band deftly avoids the kitsch so often indulged by lovers of these things. Hints of Byrds, Love, Felt, and those who follow are threaded into the tapestry.
LA’s seminal Ferus Gallery – the home of Wallace Berman, Ed Kienholz, Ed Ruscha, Billy Al Bengston – is paid homage in an eponymous instrumental, broadening the scope beyond mere sea, surf, and sand. The lyrics reveal a new maturity; reflections of a band that has grown together through experiences on the road and in the studio. Worship The Sun is at once the perfect soundtrack for the greatest surf film never made and for a golden hour drive through Topanga Canyon. Yet, while grounded in the Southern California experience, the appeal of the album is not limited by locale. It is a teenage symphony to the sun, for all those who know its grace.
Nick Waterhouse - producer
Dan Horne - pedal steel, producer, engineer
Gavin Paddock - engineer
Robert Combs - sundial
Mastered by Dave Cooley
Album layout & design by Matthew Correira & Robbie Simon
All songs written by Allah-Las
Except No Werewolf (Wadsworth/Hodge)
2014 Innovative Leisure Records, Inc.
Published by Holy Barbarians (BMI)
Allah-Las met while working at Amoeba Music, a key destination for music lovers in Los Angeles. While this experience helped
shape their sensibility, their sound was forged in an underground basement where they came together as a band. They began gigging in Los Angeles in 2008, refining their live performance, and finally released their first 7” single Catamaran / Long Journey in 2011....more