The members of the Allah-Las – Miles Michaud (vocals, guitar), Spencer Dunham (bass), Matthew Correia (percussion), and Pedrum Siadatian (guitar) – met while working at renowned, Los Angeles indie record store Amoeba Music. Formed in 2008, the quartet’s sound draws from 60s-era folk, psych rock, surfer rock, garage rock, and a long list of other sources – and it sounds warmly familiar without resorting to pure mimicry as you’ll hear on “Better Than Mine” off their sophomore effort, Worship The Sun.
The song actually has an interesting backstory. Allah-las’ frontman Miles Michaud was sitting in Ye Rustic Inn, a dive bar in Los Angeles’ Los Feliz neighborhood that’s known for having an old school jukebox and chandeliers. Michaud was sitting next to an older gentleman who was talking his ear off – at various points the gentleman was giving Michaud advice while lamenting the bad decisions he had made. Although the song has an upbeat feel, it has an aching heartache at it’s core that feels and sounds familiar to me as I’ve heard the laments of old, lonely drunks while drinking in some of my favorite bars.
Check out this live footage of the band performing the sun during their KEXP session.
On a side street in the Los Feliz neighborhood in Los Angeles, there’s a dive bar called Ye Rustic Inn, equipped with an old school jukebox and chandeliers. One night, Miles Michaud, the vocalist and guitarist for indie-rock band Allah-Las, found himself there, sitting next to an older man.
“This guy was talking my ear off and proselytizing at the bar. I thought it was interesting that he was giving me all this advice, but at the same time lamenting all the bad decisions he had made in his life,” Michaud said.