Title: Calico Review
Release Date: September 8th, 2016
Label: Mexican Summer
Allah-Las evolve and expand on their surfy California cool third album, Calico Review.
Your Summer sanctuary has just come to a close with the fresh chill of Autumn Dawn. As singer Miles Michaud croons “winter months come around, will you still feel the same?”, Allah-Las invite us into their galaxy of supremely crafted and captured sonic clouds of convertible car rides along Pacific Coast Highway.
As a self-professed skeptic of the “neo garage/pysch/pop” genre, I classify Allah-Las with the likes of the Growlers, Ty Segall and Foxygen–missionaries proving they bring a youthful, fresh perspective on 1960’s rock ‘n roll. These bands effortlessly pole vault over this saturated genre brimming with posers and the shallow revolution under the Burger Records label.
Allah-Las yet again prove that they are not just hipster beach boys, but masters at inspiring millennials and satisfying elders familiar with genre pioneers like the Seeds and the Zombies. Calico Review goes much further than the history lessons of their previous releases with more complex chord progressions and instrumentation. On the cheeky, melancholic psych-pop gem “Mausoleum,” the lads take us away from the beach to a rich soundscape and lyrics that contemplate burial at a Los Angeles cemetery. We are comforted that when we die, at least our souls will have a comfy bed to lay back from where we came and we get an invitation to join Allah-Las in the afterlife!
Share a party wave with Allah-Las on their international tour coming through Los Angeles at the Regent Theatre on October 8th with support from TOPS.