The Los Angeles-based Allah-Las band are back in Italy. Singer Miles Michaud, guitarist Pedrum Siadatian, bassist Spencer Dunham and drummer Matthew Correia played a fantastic gig outside Milan last week. We interviewed them straight after the show
It’s hard to think of any other band these days that sounds more “California” than Allah-Las. Do you still think is a correct description for you?
We’re are a product of our environment. Our music is a good reflection of who we are and what we love, what we think about. Los Angeles and California is large part of that.
How does LA and surroundings influence your style? Is LA still the coolest place to be?
One of best things about living here is the proximity to natural wilderness. The beach, the desert and the mountains are all just an hour or so away by car. There are lots of interesting places to visit scattered across LA around Southern California but you have to be curious and patient to find them.
Amoeba Music on Sunset is the place where you all met. Is it still a very meaningful place for you?
Spencer, Matt and Miles went to high school together. When Matt and spencer starting working at amoeba they met Pedrum and the band formed. Yes, amoeba is a still a meaningful place for us and always will be. Long live Amoeba and all who sail that ship.
Is the Surf Culture still very strong and important for your type of music?
We grew up surfing, camping, being outdoors/in the sun and collecting records. The things we love are important to us and all of those influences make their way into our life style and music naturally.
We had a special issue about Italian surfers asking each one of them what’s their feeling when they are in the water. What’s yours? Do you still love surfing?
Meditative, peaceful, calm, reflective, escape. Whether your surfing or not, there’s nothing like spending your day in the hot sand or staring out a large large body of water. It’s meditative. I good way to clear your mind for new perspective. Nearest far away place.
What’s the last album about? What’s the inspiration behind?
New experiences traveling as a group or individually, new records, new books, new art, new friends, new loves, new arrangements, new themes, new instruments, new feelings, new studios, new ideas, new influences. Same band, same process. We feel we’ve grown with “worship the sun” and we’ll keep growing.
Your relationship with fashion and trends
We don’t have an opinion on that
Fashion & Music. A possible combination?
The most uncommon place you have played a gig
Italy tonight. What’s your next stop after?
Last but not least: did any of your fans became girlfriends at a certain point of your career?