When Allah Las' self-titled debut dropped at the back end of 2012, the psych rock revival was still in its infancy. Indeed, it's probably fair to say that record would have emerged around that time regardless of any scene taking it under its wing as one of their own. Having formed four years earlier, their background suggests the four-strong collective had spent those formative years creating the blueprint that would lay the foundations for that first album.
After all, three of the band; lead guitarist Pedrum Siadatian, drummer Matthew Correia and bassist Spencer Dunham; all met while working in a record shop. Fourth and final member Miles Michaud is the mouthpiece of the band; an accomplished singer, guitarist and songwriter on his own merits, the ingredients were already in place. Fusing together elements of the past - and, let's face it, with day jobs such as the ones Siadatian, Correia and Dunham held it's hard to imagine any of their record collections being less than impeccable - with timeless melodies and an eye on the present, failure was never really an option. Upon hearing that first record, songs like 'Vis A Vis' and 'Tell Me What's On Your Mind' jumped out like Dionysian sucker punches to the lower ribs. Comparisons to The Byrds, Chocolate Watch Band and Love were inevitable. And yet, by the same instance, 'Allah Las' felt like a breath of fresh air.
Even in these times of advancing technology and digital streams there's something fresh and invigorating about analogue recordings. Whether it be raw authenticity or the way each component of an individual piece retains its own textured identity, there's little doubt traditional four-piece bands sound more accomplished in such surroundings. So, bearing all that in mind, it probably comes as little surprise to learn that Allah Las have taken a similar path to the one exercised on the first record with the follow-up. Long-time associate Nick Waterhouse again assumes production duties alongside Beachwood Sparks guitarist Dan Horne, who was heavily instrumental in recording and engineering 'Worship The Sun'.
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It's May and festival season is upon us, which means it will soon be time for Primavera Sound 2013, arguably the pinnacle of Europe's increasingly popular schedule. Set in beautiful Barcelona and mainly based on the Parc Del Forum site at the heart of the Diagonal Mar area of the Sant Marti district, this year's event will be the thirteenth edition of a festival that first opened its doors in the summer of 2001.
As has been the norm in recent years, Primavera week kicks off with a series of fringe events starting on Monday 20th May. Sonic Boom's Spectrum headline the Sala Apolo venue, with the likes of Bo Ningen, Godflesh, Veronica Falls and Parquet Courts all playing there over the two nights. The main festival itself kicks off at the Parc Del Forum on Wednesday 22nd May, with The Vaccines and Delorean heading a bill that also includes hotly tipped US trio Guards and skatepunk duo The Bots.
The main event itself gathers momentum the next evening for the following three days, where over 200 artists will perform across eight different stages until the early hours of Sunday morning. However, as in previous years, that isn't where the fun ends, as there'll be a series of free shows on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May in the Parc De La Ciutadella featuring the likes of Merchandise, The Babies and Mac De Marco, while Sunday evening's closing ceremony at the Sala Apolo will see performances from Deerhunter, Come and The Orchids among many others.
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