Greil Marcus liked to refer back to “The Old, Weird America” when discussing a certain, famous set of recordings that emanated from a Woodstock cabin basement. The Allah-Las sound like the Old, Weird Los Angeles: Strains of true surfing music, American harmonies, Sunset Strip backbeat, desert ramble filtered through Goldstar Sessioneers; That pre-fuzz pedal ‘electrified folk’ music and pop groups hitting the California sound with the tambourine on just the right beat. This group sounds like bungalows in canyons; hidden deco stairsteps peeking from leafy hillsides; kustom kars and dovetails and chicks in OP shorts with long, long hair, like a Dennis Hopper photo come to life. You look at their well worn Fender guitars, their real surfer tans, their dusty suede boots – and you see it’s a sound natural to them. This is ’60s pop psych / surf rock at it’s best – Nick Waterhouse.
Event Category: Live Music
When: March 27, 2014
Where: Terminal 5
More Info: www.roughtradenyc.com