By Thalia Stopa
September 27, 2016
VANCOUVER — Thanksgiving is around the corner and Halloween has begun in earnest at grocery stores and malls, but it was a full-blown summer revival at the Biltmore last Tuesday night courtesy of Los Angeles’ Allah-Las – boisterous carefree attitude and all.
The Allah-Las proved they possess a pull powerful enough to sell out the venue on a September weeknight; but it was not strong enough to persuade the rambunctious mostly-young crowd to “dance up and out” – as instructed by singer/guitarist Miles Michaud – rather than barrage the stage with their energetic moshing. The rowdy energy off-stage only escalated as the band’s set progressed, checking off songs from 2012’s self-titled debut LP, follow-up Worship the Sun (2014) as well as new material; finally overflowing onstage as dance-a-along for several (mostly female) fans during the encore performance of the “Every Girl.”
You wouldn’t expect tunes like the poppy “Famous Phone Figure” or the sweetly psychedelic “Had It All” to inspire crowd surfing as rampant as the plumes of marijuana smoke also scaling the crowd’s heads. The unusually aggressive response was appreciative nonetheless; and the same young men and women bustling each other also engaged in an unsolicited communal “Aaaah” sing-along to the bittersweet ode to reckless youth, “Sandy.”
The Allah-Las have been tirelessly touring the world to support their third album, Calico Review, released earlier this month. Regardless, the mop-headed Los Angelenos exhibited no signs of exhaustion, keeping their energy at a level restrained comparatively to the audience but more in line with their positive, California-brand garage-rock sound. Droopy-eyed Michaud shuffle-danced in his beachy leather loafers; pillared by lead guitarist Pedrum Siadatian and mutton-chopped bassist Spencer Dunham and backed by Matthew Correia on drums. Their lush surf-sprayed sound was rounded out by additional musicians on bongos/maracas and synths.
The Biltmore was already packed when local band Dopey’s Robe took the stage. The foursome lucked out as the night’s opening band, and played a confident set of fuzzy psych-garage buoyed by the exceptional devotion and excitable energy of the Allah-Las’ fans.Allah-Las, BC, Biltmore Cabaret, British Columbia, Dopey’s Robe, The Allah-las