LA based band Allah-Las have made their well deserved mark on the Australian music scene for quite some time now, with their debut self titled album capturing fans from every corner of the country, and now they're making their first visit to the land of Aus in May. Manager, Sarah got to have a chat with Spencer (Bass) about Coachella, boutique festivals in the US, colours that evoke Australia and bands that have caught their attention + heaps more, read and listen below:
Well you just played one of the biggest festivals in the world, Coachella, what can you tell us about that?
Coachella, it was really fun, we had a busy few weeks, we played the first week and the second week we actually flew up to berkley and played a show on the berkley campus, then flew down to play our Coachella show. We played a new stage that they have, which is an air conditioned room with wooden floors which is nice rest space from the heat.
We played this tent called the Sonora Stage, we had a close friend who is an artist, Bobby who made these giant wood cutouts, we had a change over with another band which was a little bit chaotic, they played 25 minutes before us we had to bring up all these massive wooden cutouts, if you looked it up online you'd see some photos.
Do you have any favoruite boutique type festivals in the US ?
There is this really cool festival we played about a month and half ago called Marfa Myths, in the town of marfa in Texas, just a really small and remote town about 6 hours from Austin, it's a tiny little dot on the map but when you get there it's this little artist community or a colony. Even though it's really small it has a really unqiue vibe to it. The festival was probably about 1000 or 2000 people total, it was a weekend long, cool bands, totally different to Coachella, but this was a festival where you kinda want to see other bands
You've been touring with aussie guys, The Babe Rainbow, how's the tour been ?
Yeah, it was really fun it was the first time touring with them, although we had met them a year ago previously, we got to play some songs together and hang out, and they flew all the way to the us which was cool.
Now can you tell me what Reverberation Radio is? I see you post it on your Facebook all the time, what's your involvement with the station?
It's a mix that comes out every week, it's the 4 of us in the band and heaps of our friends, each week one of us make a mixtape, it's just kinda a fun little mix thing we do with our friends
Is it a community radio station or digital station?
We're trying to figure out different avenues for it go down, it's kinda like a weekly podcast that we post on our website
Now on behalf on a whole lot of my friends, thank you for coming to Australia, when I heard your first album I fell in love instantly and then everything after that that you released. Have any of you been to Australia before for a holiday?
No never, we don't really know what we're getting ourselves into. but we're very excited so thanks for having us!
When you think of Australia what do you picture? - if you had a canvas what 4 colours would you use to evoke Australia?
I would use like a sandy colour, brightish blue, red, and a tropical green
The classic question, can we expect some new music when you come out to the land of Aus, we just heard two new singles, 'Hereafter' and 'Autumn Dawn', but any other new tracks sneaking their way into the set list?
I think we might, theres new material that we've got coming out in a few months.
Whats your view on the Australian music scene, have you heard any bands that have really impressed you?
We like Tame Impala, Pond, Crepes who we've played a show with, King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard are incredible
The LA music scene really intrigues me as well, are there any bands floating around that you would like to share with aussie's ?
I haven't really been home much lately to discover them as we've been travelling so much, we played a show in New York with a band called Roya, and they were really cool, they have a new album coming out soon i think people are really going to like it, I really liked their live set
I can imagine that you guys would have an epic record collection and some of you used to work at a record store, whats the first record you bought and the last?
The last one I got was actually given to me but it's a compilation of Australian bands called 'Follow The Sun', a lot of bands from the 70's so I'm really excited to listen to that! I can't even remember the first one I bought but it was probably Creedence Clearwater Revival.
If you had to curate a mini festival lineup what 4 other bands would you want to play alongside, they can be dead too?
The Velvet Underground, George Harrison, James Brown and the other I cannot choose right now....
If you had to describe the perfect setting to listen to your music, what would it be? for example, listening to Bon Iver I'd have a glass of wine, sitting in front of a fire with close friends.
Yeah i feel like our music is kinda put on with your friends, I feel like I can't say where under what circumstances, any kinda enjoyable outdoor setting, maybe like a jungle patio ?
Well I'll be seeing you at the Gold Coast show and Byron Bay Show, really looking forward to it! Thanks so much for chatting to Rabbit Radio
Interviewer: Sarah McEwan