Allah-Las Retro Vibes Cool The Sunstock Crowd REVIEW+PHOTOS: Allah-Las @ Sunstock Solar Festival 6/18/16
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“Start the fuck up”.
Fighting words that one might hear a frustrated individual mutter to themselves as they try and get their car going without any luck. This verbal shot, however, was fired from the front of the barricades as the Allah-Las wrapped up their soundcheck at at the first annual Sunstock Solar Festival. A dismayed-looking bassist by the name of Spencer Dunham gave an apologetic nod to the disgruntled looking fan.
It wasn’t the bands fault though. Set-times for the festival were slowly being pushed backed throughout the day. By the time Allah-Las was supposed to take the stage, the festival was already funning about an hour behind. I motioned a thumbs up to Mr. Dunham, and a smile broke out across his face. Instantly it felt like a little warm energy was breaking off from the generous sun that day and shining its light over the California-based bands’ setup
Old school threads, vintage instruments, and groovy synths flowed sweetly from Dunham and his fellow bandmates Matthew Correia, Miles Michaud and Pedrum Siadatian around the autry field during the first festival of this kind, whose funds benefit the Kids Cancer Connection organization. Funky tunes off their debut, self-titled EP like Catamaran, Business Man’s Holiday, and Allah-Lahs latest single Famous Phone Figure danced around the bodies of the beautiful souls surrounding the stage. I closed my eyes for a mere moment and found myself going back in time to the 60’s, sitting on a sailboat, breeze kissing my face. A simpler time, a simpler sound, chords stripped down to their core. With a new album – Calico Review – coming out September 9th, there’s so much to look forward to from this collective in the coming months.
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