New Video: Acclaimed Psych Rock Act Allah-Las Release a Psychedelic, Animated Visual for Brooding “Polar Onion”


Over the past few years, I’ve written a bit about the acclaimed Los Angeles-based psych rock act Allah-Las, and as you may recall, the act — Matthew Correia (drums), Spencer Dunham (bass), Miles Michaud (vocals, guitar) and Pedrum Siadatian (guitar) — formed back in 2008, and can trace their origins to when three of the band’s four members worked at famed, local record store, Amoeba Music. Since their formation, the members of Allah-Las have released three albums that have helped to firmly establish their sound, which draws heavily from 60s psych rock, surfer rock and garage rock — while thematically inspired by their hometown.

The acclaimed psych rock band’s fourth album LAHS is slated for an October 11, 2019 release through Mexican Summer Records, and the album, which derives its name from a common misspelling of the band’s name reportedly finds the band crafting material that reveals their growth as songwriters, performers, arrangers and producers. Much of the album’s material focuses on Krautrock-like grooves — with album single “In The Air,” a shimmering and hook-driven track evoking a hazy and lingering lysergic fugue.  LAHS‘ latest single is the brooding “Polar Onion.” Centered around shimmering, acoustic guitar, gently padded drumming and plaintive vocals, the song evokes an aching longing while sounding as though it could have been released sometime between 1966-1969.

The recently released video for “Polar Onion” features super 8 footage the band’s Miles Michaud sent to Mexican Summer designer Bailey Elder, who played around with and altered the textures to create a psychedelic feel.

Allah-Las will be embarking on a lengthy tour to support LAHS to close out 2019 and the tour will include a November 20, 2019 stop at Brooklyn Steel. Check out the tour dates below.

Tour Dates
September 14th – Huichica Music Festival, Walla Walla, WA
November 4th – Valley Bar, Phoenix, AZ
November 5th – Meow Wolf, Sante Fe, NM
November 7th – White Oak Music Hall, Houston, TX
November 8th – Trees, Dallas, TX
November 9th – Empire Control Room, Austin, TX
November 10th – One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans, LA
November 12th – The Basement East, Nashville, TN
November 13th – Terminal West, Atlanta, GA
November 14th – Grey Eagle Tavern, Asheville, NC
November 15th – Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC
November 16th – The Black Cat, Washington, DC
November 18th – Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
November 19th – Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA
November 20th – Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY
November 22nd – Corona Theatre, Montreal, CA
November 24th – Lee’s Palace, Toronto, CA
November 25th – Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
November 26th – Ace of Cups, Columbus, OH
November 27th – Thalia Hall, Chicago, IL
November 29th – Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis, MN
November 30th – Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, MO
December 2nd – Slowdown, Omaha, NE
December 3rd – Gothic Theatre, Englewood, CA
December 4th – Metro Music Hall, Salt Lake City, UT
December 6th – Neumos, Seattle, WA
December 7th – Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR
December 8th – Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC
December 10th – The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
December 11th – The Observatory, Santa Ana, CA
December 12th – The Mayan, Los Angeles, CA
December 13th – The Observatory North Park, San Diego, CA
December 14th – Pappy & Harriets, Pioneertown, CA