Where have the Allah-Las gone? The Allah-Las who gave have us surf-rock gold with ‘No Voodoo’, ‘Ela Navega’ and ‘Long Journey’? The California four-piece are back with their third album, Calico Review. But instead of taking us to strange new tides, the group has left behind much of what made their music so enthralling in the first place.
What do you get when you cross four ordinary-looking girls, with crappy smartphone photos of nights out and amateurish, yet endearing, home recordings? You get Hinds (fka Deers): a girl group enthralled by the garage rock of Mac DeMarco, Ty Segall and the Black Lips. While their intentionally rough sound presents an approachable façade, debut album Leave Me Alone is more fuzz than punk rock originality.