Allah-Las

A Benefit for Schoolbox Project

Allah-Las

Big Light

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

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Allah-Las
Allah-Las
If you drive past the 200 block of South La Brea, there is a lamp shop, a pet shop, and a little glass door that says “Casting Agency” above it. Inside you’ll find one of LA’s most stereotypical rituals, where men & women from all walks of life vie for the attention and popularity of the Hollywood producer. It’s a dream factory for some of them. It’s also a place where Los Angeles outsiders learn what the city is really like, beyond the sun and surf and celebrities, where every brightly-lit surface eventually faces a cloud.Indeed, the lessons learned by the Allah-Las –guitaristsMiles MichaudandPedrum Siadatian, bassistSpencer Dunham, drummerMatthew Correia–since their auspicious formation in 2008 have been tempered with experience. Now, with their third albumCalico Review(their first for Mexican Summer), their experience transforms once more, this time into wisdom. The band’s trajectory, formed around mutual appreciation for the same kinds of music and a host of shared experiences, focuses on both the outer trappings of their home and surroundings, and the through line of darkness that suffuses life in LA county.Where the Allah-Las display their insight, and what really shines across the 12 songs that compriseCalico Review, is the way that the group has pivoted from specific influences and nods to the music they love, to crafting the feelings of freedom, grit, and melancholy in their music. That feeling –the peerless capture of music long in the tradition and mood of California pop, the sound that’s captured the essence of the LA experience –aligns with their stylistic technique and their experience in the studio environment to create their strongest album to date, one which showcases their developments in songwriting and arrangements.The process began with their self-titled debut, which captured the Allah-Las’ live set circa 2012 and continued onward with 2014’sWorship the Sun, where they began to experiment with overdubs and writing songs individually instead of as a band. Now,Calico Reviewshowcases a band that’s grown confident in its own style to reflect the perspectives of each member, to craft an album that changes up the approach from song-to-song, while retaining their abilities as a cohesive unit.Audiences familiar with the band will recognize the levels of nuance andsteadiness the Allah-Las have grown into throughoutCalico Review. It’s immediate, the first thing you recognize about the band in the opening moves of “Strange Heat,” in the amount of control and character burning off of the band’s knack for restraint. Songs like “Famous Phone Figure” cradle character sketches over delicate strains of violin, organ, and Mellotron, Correia’s drumming carefully underlining a three-note theme that casts a phantom sadness over the proceedings, the group exerting a touch both light and steady enough to bring your mood to theirs.
Big Light
Big Light
After a four year absence from the stage, Big Light returned in the summer of 2015, playing a set where it all started for them- a campground at the High Sierra Music Festival. Re-formed as a trio by founding members Fred Torphy, Bradly Bifulco and Steve Adams, the band has quickly re-discovered what brought them together back in 2007: massive hooks, Wilco-esque harmonies, and a penchant for playing with their hearts firmly on their sleeves. While the band is playing some songs from their mostly unnoticed 2014 release The Well Wishers, they are also pulling material from their debut EP and their most well-known recording- Animals In Bloom.
Venue Information:
Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corte Madera Ave.
Mill Valley, CA, 94941
http://www.sweetwatermusichall.com/