Review | Photos | The Black Angels with Allah-Las | Philadelphia

Words and Images by: Jake Krolick

The Black Angels and Allah-Las :: 04.07.13 :: Union Transfer :: Philadelphia, PA

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California’s Allah-Las and The Black Angels from Texas couldn’t be two more complimentary bands. Their music melded together in a psychedelic ballet of old sounds transformed to new music at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer last week. The four piece Allah-Las mix of 60’s surf rock sifted through the sounds of the past and created something refreshingly current. Even though their debut LP was released just last year, the Allah-Las have been playing together since 2008. On stage they exuded cool and their interaction and precision showed it.

Allah-Las.
All four members could easily have sung lead vocals at any time. Lead singer and guitarist Miles Michaud even swapped places with drummer Matthew Correia for their final song where wind-blown rhythms led perfectly into the heavier psychedelic growl of the Black Angels.

To the crowd’s chagrin, the Black Angels maintained their let-it-all-hang-out live show and gave an impeccable performance. This tour stop landed on the heels of the release of their new studio album, Indigo Meadow. The new album and show featured much more bass and organ work with a tad less guitar. This meant the nine minute freak-outs changed to much tighter more orchestrated four to six minute tales of morality like "Don't Play with Guns" and an edgy Jefferson Airplane-like version of "Evil Things." Lead singer Alex Maas could be found holding down bass duties most of the evening while linking up with their extra heavy hitting drummer Stephanie Bailey. The two kept everything moving with a tenacious boom and whack of bass and drums while Christian Bland explored some interesting spaces on the guitar.

The Black Angels

Both bands seem to currently be in exciting spaces with the Allah-Las starting to cultivate a larger sound and a stage presence. The Black Angels are still rocking out plenty of enthralling, fuzzy jams. Some of their songs may be shorter, but they still dive deep into the darker fringes of psychedelic music.

[Published on: 4/17/13]

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