The Babe Rainbow
Normally the band is a trio with Angus Dowling as both drummer and vocalist, but for the live shows, they’ve added a dedicated drummer, in addition to Kool Breeze and Dr Elliot Love-Wisdom.
They tried a couple of different fun things on their set, which they gave this impression that the Triple Rock show was the first time they’ve tried it. For example, they tried to make a “special announcement” (but no dedications were made) and a special vocal delay affect (echo effect) on one of their song.
They ended their set with a Portuguese song, which required Angus to bring out his iPhone to read lyrics off of it. To be honest, I didn’t think he needed the lyrics, as the audience wouldn’t have known if he was singing it correctly or not.
We first caught the band in 2013, when they were still promoting their debut self-titled record, and noted, “a jangly garage rock set capturing a peaceful, easy California-like feeling while sounding heavily like Abkco-era Rolling Stones, Zombies and Animals on tracks like ‘Catamaran’ and ‘Don’t You Forget It’ from last year’s self-titled debut album. Singer Miles Michaud looks somewhat like a 70’s Dylan, but their sound is from the decade before, and Amos Lee-lookalike drummer Matt Correia even stepped out for lead on the last song, maracas in hand.”
At that time, the band only had an album’s worth of material to play from, but now back with over 30+ songs, the band sounded more diverse, often medleying and mixing songs to create a seamless soundtrack.
Many fans still consider their sophomore album Worship the Sun was the band at their finest, and they were treated with a double-set of intro songs, ‘Follow You Down’ and ‘Buffalo Nickel’. Images of light shapes were projected on the background as the band continues throughout their hour-long set.
Allah-Las’ Calico Review is out now. Their tour continues and will end at Coachella 2017.
3.18 Detroit - El Club
3.20 Toronto - The Mod Club
3.21 Montreal - Rialto Theater
3.22 Philadelphia - Union Transfer
3.24 New York - Webster Hall
3.25 Boston - Brighton Music Hall
3.27 Washington DC - 9:30 Club
3.29 Athens - Georgia Theatre
3.30 Asheville - The Grey Eagle
3.31 Atlanta - Terminal West
4.01 New Orleans - One Eyed Jacks
4.03 Houston - Walter's
4.04 Austin - The Mohawk
4.07 Denver - Gothic Theatre
4.08 Salt Lake City - Metro Music Hall
4.16/4.23 Coachella - Indio *
All dates with The Babe Rainbow except *
Allah-Las at Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis (14 Mar 2017)