Allah-Las

Allah-Las met while working at Amoeba Music, a key destination for music lovers in Los Angeles. While this experience helped shape their sensibility, their sound was forged in an underground basement where they came together as a band. They began gigging in Los Angeles in 2008, refining their live performance, and finally released their first 7” single Catamaran / Long Journey in 2011. In 2012, they began their relationship with Innovative Leisure, releasing their first self-titled album, Allah-Las, anchored by their second single Tell Me (What’s On Your Mind) / Sacred Sands. The release was met with critical acclaim and the band toured extensively in the States and abroad before going back into the studio to record their follow-up.

Allah-Las' second album, Worship The Sun, expands on the sound established by their maiden effort, honing their fusion of West Coast garage rock and roll, Latin percussion and electric folk. As richly textured and timeless as a Southern California beach break, the songs are evocative of Los Angeles’ storied past. Beatniks, artists, surfers, nomads. Remnants of a bygone Sunset Strip. Golden tans and cosmic sunsets. One can feel the warmth of the sun, but the band deftly avoids the kitsch so often indulged by lovers of these things. Hints of Byrds, Love, Felt, and those who follow are threaded into the tapestry.

LA’s seminal Ferus Gallery – the home of Wallace Berman, Ed Kienholz, Ed Ruscha, Billy Al Bengston – is paid homage in an eponymous instrumental, broadening the scope beyond mere sea, surf, and sand. The lyrics reveal a new maturity; reflections of a band that has grown together through experiences on the road and in the studio. Worship The Sun is at once the perfect soundtrack for the greatest surf film never made and for a golden hour drive through Topanga Canyon. Yet, while grounded in the Southern California experience, the appeal of the album is not limited by locale. It is a teenage symphony to the sun, for all those who know its grace.

(Kevin O’Sullivan)

Jacco Gardner

2013 has been the year of Jacco Gardner. After releasing his debut album “Cabinet of Curiosities” in February 2013, the now 25 year old dutchman has been taking Europe and the USA by storm.

It’s a hard realization to discover that the world may not be as magical and wondrous as you once believed, & reconciling ones loss of innocence and sense of naïveté is a theme that reoccurs often in art, music and literature. From ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ to ‘God Only Knows’ the best articulations of lost youth can have a very visceral impact. The twelve tracks that make up the debut album “Cabinet of Curiosities” from Dutch multi-instrumentalist and producer Jacco Gardner deftly explore this territory in a far more accomplished and mature way than you would expect from a (then) 24 year old.

Jacco’s melodic palette colors music with a more U.K.-sensibility, where minor chords & plush harmonies brush up against strings, mellotrons, harpsichords & an occasional squeezebox. The overall feel is more Zombies than Left Banke and more Nirvana (UK) & Billy Nicholls than Beach Boys & Van Dyke Parks.

After releasing “Cabinet of Curiosities” Jacco Gardner and his band went on what became seemingly an endless tour. That took them to both coasts of the USA multipal times and included dates at SXSW, west coast dates with the Allah-Las and headlining shows at Chicago’s Empty Bottle and NYC’s Mercury Lounge.

Over in Europe the huge critical acclaim and relentless touring resulted in playing summer festivals from La Route Du Rock (France), Green Man (UK) and Lowlands (NL).

In the fall of 2013 Jacco Gardner came out with a new single, The End of August, again on the label that released Cabinet of Curiosites, Trouble in Mind. And also he contributed an exclusive song to the compilation that was put out to accompany his show at Liverpool Psych Fest 2013.

After another full US and EU tour in october and november of 2013. Gardner got a European Breaking Borders Award out of the hands of Jools Holland. An award that honours young EU artists succes abroad their home country and was given in the past to artists such as Adele, Mumford & Sons and Damien Rice.

2014 will se Jacco Garder taking some time off to write new songs and also will het attend Austin Psych Fest in May followed by a short west coast tour.

RIYL: Broadcast, Free Design, Saggitarius, Curt Boettcher, Syd Barrett, Zombies, Left Banke, Dungen, Tame Impala, MGMT

“Jacco Gardner = if Piper at the Gates had been made in the 1990s by a dude in a shack on a cliff above the Pacific…“—1 Line Music Reviews
“Sublime second single from Jacco Gardner… fits in a great dutch psychedelic tradition (Boudewijn De Groot, Dragonfly, Q65…) and internationally, we think of The Zombies (especially on the b-side Summer’s Game) Love, Donovan, and Syd Barrett, of course.”_—Requiem Pour Un Twister_
“It is extremely surprising that the prestige of this “mossy” genre offered by none other than the Dutch multi-instrumentalist, who, by the way, from early childhood fanatel of Pink Floyd.”_—IndieBirdie.ru_
“Produced by Gardner who plays everything but drums, there are traces of mod, but it’s mainly the whimsical sounds of the late sixties U.K psych scene that are evoked here. It may have been recorded and released this year, but it doesn’t sound a day over 1967.“—The Active Listener
“It’s like a way-back-machine – I mean this doesn’t sound strained retro – it sounds like a lost and found single straight from 1968.“—Dying For Bad Music
“Great baroque pop/ psych treasure.“—One Chord
”Oh yeah…this is dope”. It’s an undeniable melange of classic 60’s psych, and yes, I don’t think that get’s old.”_—thismusicdoesntsuck.tumblr.com_

Light Fantastic

While a musical project that had been in the works for a few years, Light Fantastic was officially hatched recently, during the warmest winter in San Francisco in memory. In an effort to harness the unusually blue skies, Terry Sowers (who has played with Farmer Dave's SF live band) and Jeremy Bringetto (Tamaryn, Bellavista) paired up to realize the sunnier side of pop music, inspired as much by obscure California sunshine pop records as the late night soul music often heard spilling out of the local club scene. The result is something that manages to be uplifting without naiveté, thoughtful and sometimes danceable, stumbling upon a sound that perhaps reaches similar conclusions as UK bands from decades past—albeit with a current and beachier twist. They are currently recording their first LP with members of Tamaryn.

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Allah-Las with Jacco Gardner, Light Fantastic

Saturday, October 5 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at The Chapel