Three of Allah-Las’ members grew up in Los Angeles and the city strongly influenced your music. How would you describe the city to somebody that’s never been there?
You’ve also added that a lot of the things that make Los Angeles very cool are hidden and that there aren’t many books or films that really expose all of it. Could you name some exceptions?
LA Plays Itself, Chinatown, Kenneth Anger’s movies, Hollywood Babylon, Raymond Chandler, Charles Bukowski, and John Fante.
One thing that most of the critics keep mentioning that three of you were working at Amoeba Music. How integral was it in the band’s sound and your musical development?
It was very integral cause we got turned on to lots of great music. it also was where we met became friends and decided to play music together.
You’ve said about your song Catamaran, that it was a landmark for you. If you had to point out two more turning points in the band’s history, which that would be and why those?
Nick Waterhouse’s help in getting the sound we wanted was very important, so was signing with a record label and getting a booking agent. Without those things we wouldn’t have been able to reach our fans and travel.
What does the word psychedelia mean to you?
Nowadays calling something psychedelic is almost equivalent to calling something “indie” or “alternative”. It’s become an umbrella term. But I think the classic definition would be rock and roll that caters to altered states.
Do you use special vintage gears that your favorite bands played with? In the interviews, you seem to be a bit cautious about going into that topic.
We like the aesthetic of old guitars and the sound of fender twins, we’re not really gearheads or collectors.
How did your songwriting methods change between Allah-Las and Worship The Sun?
The songwriting shifted from more collaborative to more individual.
What do you find fundamentally different about the two records?
There’s more diverse styles of songwriting and topics, more experimentation with different instruments.
I’ve read that you had plans to record somewhere outside of the US. Any concrete destinations? Do you think that being in a different atmosphere, another town, would change your sound?
I think we’ve mentioned recording in Brazil or Mexico in the past but it was mostly a pipe dream. Yes I think being in a different city would affect the music we would make.
Speaking of recording, did you start working on your third album?
Yes, we have finished it and it’ll be coming out later this year.
This will be your first Hungarian concert. Are you familiar with anything about the country? Music, films, cities, etc.
Yeah, we love Gábor Szabó (famous Hungarian jazz guitarist and composer) and Sarolta Zalatnay (famous Hungarian pop singer) is interesting too. We’ve hear Budapest is amazing and we can’t wait to see it.