“A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for” the saying goes. But suppose the proverbial harbor is Los Angeles — a place not particularly known for being the origin of adventures. From the Spanish Conquistadors to the countless starry-eyed nobodies hoping to make it big, LA is usually the destination.
So it’s no wonder the Allah Las became fascinated with both the carefree spirit and glitter-in-the-gutter lifestyle of their hometown. After three records mining its lore and lure (from the desert to the sea) they have become global ambassadors of not just a place but a location.
Having taken their compact California on the road across the world (making stops in North, Central, and South America, Europe, South Africa, Australia, Russia, East Asia and beyond), they couldn’t help but peek through the other end of the telescope.
On their fourth LP, drummer Matt Correia, bassist Spencer Dunham, and guitarists Miles Michaud and Pedrum Siadatian turn their collective gaze outward and toward the horizon. Simply titled LAHS (a reference to a common misspelling of the band’s name), their forthcoming release on Mexican Summer finds the band turning in their most cohesive and ambitious work yet.
Michael Rault began to take shape during a time of endings. Michael, on the cusp of turning 30 and freshly off the road promoting 2018's A New Day Tonight, had just ended a romantic relationship, and cut ties with his management and touring band. Returning home to Montreal where his van was already buried in six feet of snow, he hunkered down in his bedroom studio and began writing. Over the span of five months he penned most of the album.
Throughout the past decade the Canadian born singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer has released multiple critically acclaimed albums, EPs, and singles on various venerable indie labels before settling into his current musical home at Wick. With the help of Daptone mainstay producer Wayne Gordon (Kali Uchis & Bruno Mars), Rault recorded A New Day Tonight at the Daptone House of Soul in Brooklyn NY’s Bushwick neighborhood. This time around, the process shifted out to Los Angeles following Michael’s permanent move out west.
An unbelievable knowledge of the studio continues to flow through all of his work, he builds upon the influences and sophisticated song writing proclivities that were already on display in his previous offerings, only this time the chord progressions unwind more freely, the texturing of harmonies is deeper and the famous Daptone rhythm section is even stronger.