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ALLAH-LAS – THE CRESCENT MOON MIX

Throwback Cali kids Allah-Las spin us a mix of sepia tinted vibes.

For the Allah-Las, the California dreamin’ of the 60s and 70s never ended. The LA-based foursome craft reverb heavy, gorgeously retro music that feels authentically sun-scorched and West Coast. Over two albums (2012’s self titled debut and its follow up, Worship The Sun, two years later) they’ve lovingly pursued a sound that’s guaranteed to sit well with you if you’ve got a fondness for late 60’s garage rock. While a lot of bands are out there attempting to inject some modernity into a familiar form, Allah-Las are pretty loyal to their obvious inspirations and are actually all the better for it. They know what they like, they know what they’re doing, and they’re damn good at doing it.

It’s the kind of music that’s perfect for those summer festivals which evoke a world before shotter-bags and bougi burger stands: a hazy, languid atomsphere that’s bound to be in no short supply when the Allah-Las boys play at Full Moon Festival on Governors Island later this month – alongside the slightly more contemporary likes of Pusha T and Santigold.

In honour of the festival, the band have blended us a mix overflowing with old-school charm, Jamaican soul, and things you’ve probably never heard before. Lay back and let the nostalgia flow for a time when you weren’t even born as we chat to the band’s bassists, Spencer Dunham – who’s also created the original mix artwork above.

 Rockers & Romancers by Allah-Las x Reverberation for Wonderland Mag / The Crescent Moon Mix

Tell us about the mix?

It’s a mix between the Jonathan Richman album Rockin & Romancin and a mix with Rocksteady and Jamaican soul songs about love and heartbreak.

You’re quite obsessive about equipment aren’t you: what are the furthest lengths you’ve gone to achieve that authentic vintage sound?

I think sound is important to any musician and we’re not really different in that sense.

Are you all the Cali natives your sound would suggest – or did you come seeking the surf dream?

Three of us grew up in LA and Pedrum, who plays guitar, moved to LA from Utah when he was 15.

You obviously have a great affection for the 60s sound and aesthetic: where did that come from?

We listen to a lot of music from a lot of decades and countries, but there is a common thread of cool production and songwriting that happened in the 60s and 70s that is inspiring to us.

How did you all end up in a band together; what’s your story?

We met on a polar safari cruise, held hands while watching the northern lights and have been in a polyamorous domestic partnership ever since.

Who are your biggest influences (surprise us)?

Tacos with flour tortillas, the idea of Bill Murray and Werner Herzog eating spaghetti and meatballs at Musso and Franks, ama​teur carpentry, tiki’fying my basement.

Favourite live gig/story?

Seeing Spiritualized perform Ladies and Gentleman… at the Ace Theatre on Valentines Day.

ALLAH-LAS – THE CRESCENT MOON MIX

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