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