Allah-Las// Worship the Sun
Recommended Track: Better Than Mine
Hometown Los Angeles icons the Allah-Las have quickly taken the world by storm, and rightfully so. Their self-titled debut album received with critical acclaim for it’s authentically cool, sun-tinged garage rock heavily saturated with the images and flavors of the American Southwest. With many fans in the scene eagerly awaiting their next move, the Allah-Las carefully hyped the release of their sophomore LP Worship The Sun, produced again by L.A. native Nick Waterhouse and available now through local label Innovative Leisure, through a couple of 7″ records and artfully done music videos for “501-415″, “Buffalo Nickel”, and an impressive cover of the 1960 Frantics instrumental “No Werewolf”. Let’s take a journey back into the California desert to find out if Worship The Sun lives up to the tremendous standard set by 2012′s Allah-Las.
Worship The Sun begins with “De Vida Voz”, bringing back the signature Allah-Las sound familiar from old tracks like “Catamaran” and “Don’t You Forget It”. The vocals are heavy with reverb and maracas add a bit of Latin flair to this dusty desert tune. Released on 7″ with “Every Girl” earlier in the year, “Had It All” is a standard mid-60s garage rock tune that falls flat in comparison to the rest of the album. It fares better as a standalone release rather than as filler on Worship The Sun. “Ferus Gallery”, an instrumental named after the notable 1960s L.A. art gallery, has an exotic taste with some colorful guitar work and the inclusion of a malleted instrument. If the introduction to “Buffalo Nickel” sounds familiar, you’re right. The track starts off a lot like “Busman’s Holiday” before leading into some campy “bah-bah-bah”s from the band. The best is saved for last with “Better Than Mine”, a track peppered with pedal steel guitar extremely reminiscent of Younger Than Yesterday-era Byrds (for which Clarence White provided a country twang on tracks like “Time Between” and “The Girl With No Name”). It’s a refreshing respite from the worn garage rock formula that the Allah-Las have decided to stick with for the majority of Worship The Sun. If it’s indicative of a new direction for the band, I’m all for it.
With Worship The Sun, the Allah-Las continue to ride the success of their debut album, providing solid garage rock tunes that reflect the laid-back ambience of vintage California. There’s nothing new or groundbreaking to be found here, however, and fans of the original album might be disappointed by this second serving. Strangely, “No Werewolf” is not present on the LP version but offered as a bonus track on digital versions, which is unfortunate considering it’s one of the better tracks released by the band this year. But for you vinyl enthusiasts, it’s available on a 7″ record from Innovative Leisure. For our European readers, don’t miss out on the Allah-Las as they tour your continent before returning to the States in November.