Allah-Las Shares New Single “Dust”

Los Angeles-based Allah-Las have dropped “Dust,” the latest single off their much-anticipated album, Zuma 85, being released on October 13.  With an ear-worm fusion of psychedelic rock, jangly guitars,  and progressive rock, “Dust” exemplifies the new direction the band have taking on the LP as they depart the familiar beachy territory for off the map expanses, embracing the influence of late-era Lou Reed and John Cale, ‘70s mutant pop, and textures borrowed from Japanese pop and loner-folk obscurities.  Allah-las tapped frequent collaborator Bailey Elder to craft her visual interpretation of the song.  With her signature animation style, she captures the cosmic and transitory nature of the track with a mesmerizing procession of patterns, shapes and designs that morph and melt into one another in a choreographed dance through space and time.  Of “Dust’ the band say, ‘the song turns the lens onto the past and the path that must be taken to achieve a desired outcome.  A crisp high hat clicks along in perfect time, driving a soft but certain vocal atop a bed of undulating synthesizers, leading us comfortably along before the chorus hits, punctuated by harpsichord hits and tambourines that crash against the otherwise soothing soundscape.  A fuzzed and bowed guitar solo leads us out into the place we had hoped to be.”

On Zuma 85, Allah-Las embrace the influences of late-era Lou Reed and John Cale, the ‘70s mutant pop of Peter Ivers and early Eno and Roxy Music.  The pandemic-included downtime opened up space for the band members to focus on their own lives and interests, and the time to re-envision what creative processes could look like.  When it came time to reconvene, a sense of looseness proved pivotal. Instead of bringing finished songs to the studio, they entered the picturesque Panoramic House recording in Stinson Beach with sketches, ideas, and riffs.

Zuma 85 is being released via the band’s own label, Calico Discos, in partnership with Innovative Leisure, which released earlier defining statements from the band including the eponymously named Allah-Las (2012) and Worship The Sun (2014). The band has previously shared “Sky Club,”  “Right On Time” and The Stuff.”

On October 23 Allah-Las will kick off their U.S. tour in Phoenix, AZ. They will play at Lodge Room in Los Angeles on November 15 (with Mirror Tree and Kolumbo as support) and November 16 (with Tim Hall and Sam Burton as support).  The run concludes November 18 in San Francisco, CA.  The band have also just announced a tour of Australia in December.  All announced shows are listed below and tickets are available here:

10/23 – Crescent Room – Phoenix, AZ 

10/24 – Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM

10/26 – Ferris Wheelers Backyard – Dallas, TX 

10/27 – Levitation – Austin, TX

10/30 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO

10/31 – Metro Music Hall – Salt Lake City, UT 

11/1 – Treefort Music Hall, Boise, ID

11/2 – Revolution Hall – Portland, OR 

11/3 – Freakout – Seattle, WA 

11/4 – Volcanic Theatre Pub – Bend, OR 

11/6 – Goldfield Trading Post – Sacramento, CA 

11/7 – Phoenix Theater – Petaluma, CA 

11/8 – SLO Brew – San Luis Obispo, CA 

11/15 – Lodge Room – Los Angeles, CA 

11/16 – Lodge Room – Los Angeles, CA 

11/18 – August Hall – San Francisco, CA

12/1 – Hotel Brunswick, Brunswick Heads, QLD, AUS

12/2 – Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta, QLD, AUS

12/3 – Seasonal Fruit, Brisbane, QLD, AUS

12/6 – Northcote Theatre, Melbourne, VIC, AUS

12/7 – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW, AUS

12/8 – Estonian House, Adelaide, SA, AUS

12/10 – Freo.Social, Perth, WA, AUS

Photo Courtesy: Alexandra Cabral