New Music! Allah-Las, “501-415”


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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. The first single from the forthcoming LP has just been releases and already the 45″ for “501-415 b/w No Werewolf” is sold out.

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.

North American Tour Dates
Aug 15 – Los Angeles, CA – Echo Park Rising
Aug 23 – Ucluelet, BC – Otalith Music Festival
Aug 30 – Vancouver, BC – Nootkah Sound Festival
Sept 4 – Santa Monica, CA – Santa Monica Pier Twilight Concert Series

European Tour Dates
Sep 21 – Brighton, UK – The Haunt
Sep 22 – Nottingham, UK – Bodega
Sep 24 – London, UK – Oval Space
Sep 26 – Liverpool, UK – Psych Fest  @ Camp
Sep 28 – Dublin, IRE – Workmans Club
Sep 29 – Glasgow, UK – Broadcast
Sep 30 – Edinburgh, UK – Electric Circus
Oct 2 – Sheffeild, UK – The Harley
Oct 3 – Birmingham, UK – Hare & Hounds
Oct 4 – Bristol, UK – Start The Bus
Oct 7 – Paris, FR – Badaboum
Oct 9 – Amsterdam, NL – Tolhuisuin
Oct 10 – Brussels, BE – Orangerie @ Botanique
Oct 11 – Luxembourg, LX – CarreRotondes
Oct 13 – Cologne, GER – Underground
Oct 14 – Hamburg, GER – Mojo
Oct 15 – Berlin, GER – C-Club
Oct 17 – Munich, GER – Atomic Cafe
Oct 18 – Wiesbaden, GER – Schachthof
Oct 20 – Zurich, CH – Kinski
Oct 21 – Mezzago, ITA – Bloom
Oct 24 – Barcelona, SPA – Sala Apolo
Oct 25 – Madrid, SPA – Sala El Sol
Oct 26 – Bilbao, SPA - Antzokia
Oct 31 – Thessaloniki, GR – Principal Club
Nov 1 – Athens, GR – Fuzz Club

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