Huichica 2015 Artist Spotlight: Allah-Las

Graham LeBron
03 04, 2015

Since 2010, the Huichica Music Festival has been taking place rather quietly at Gundlach Bundschu Winery in the hills of Sonoma, CA. This year, it is happening June 12-13 and it is shaping up to be the best one yet. As far as music festivals go, it is definitely on the intimate side and is all the better for it. Built on the concept that dynamic hand-curated music, wine and food are best shared in beautiful intimate settings with a warm and friendly attitude, it showcases a carefully considered line up of national and regional indie and folk acts for an unforgettable weekend of music. I've been fortunate enough to DJ the event for the last two years, and will again this year as well. Over the next few weeks, I'm going to profile some of the wonderful artists and artisans involved with this lovingly curated event. So let's boogie!

Allah-Las are a rock band from Los Angeles formed in 2008 by three guys that worked at Amoeba Records, probably the best record store in the world.

A testament to their great taste in music (you have to pass the Amoeba employee music quiz to be hired, no joke), this four piece takes the best elements of rock & roll, surf, and psychedelic music and turns it into something new. While remaining rooted in a classic sound, they are in the business of making modern classics -- tunes soaked in reverb, sweat and swagger. All that said, there are still moments where I sometimes forget I’m not listening to some British Invasion record from 1965. And that is not a bad thing. I also really appreciate that they understand the importance of instrumentals. Check out Yemeni Jade for a fine example.

It seems like most bands these days feel the need to either be an instrumental group or not. Hey guys, maybe not every song needs vocals, it can still be a great song. They are also not afraid to twang, listen to that pedal steel on Better than Mine. I’m a sucker for pedal steel guitar, especially when it ends up sounding like The Notorious Byrd Brothers.

I saw them first at a festival in Northern California called Hickey Fest in Leggett, CA last June and immediately had to buy the first LP from the band.

They make the kind of albums that translate well in a live setting and clearly have the chops to do so. Their LPs have become staples at most of my Happy Hour DJ sets since my discovery. Their second album, Worship The Sun, was released in 2014 on Innovative Leisure.

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