Allah-Las’ debut album, Allah-Las, was produced by Nick Waterhouse, who specializes in a swinging, horn driven take on 1950s rock ‘n’ roll. With his help, Allah-Las push the envelope a few years further in history, with guitar leads that channel a mid-‘60s rock sound, the kind of the thing you might find on an early record by the Seeds (and closer “Long Journey” could be seen as a distant cousin to “Can’t Seem to Make You Mine”).
The songs build easily, with the guitar running through everything a few times before the rest of the band joins in. The Allah-Las never scream, kick, or bash—they manage to project relaxation with loose back-up harmonies and the drawl of lead singer Miles Michaud. There is casual threat in “Don’t You Forget It” when Michaud suggests to his girlfriend that she’ll “never find another man like me”. “Ela Navega” mixes things up by providing a light, Brazilian-pop inflected instrumental interlude. It’s a hazy, California rock record, building off older sounds but never being trapped by them.