November 3rd, 2017 | Album reviews

Covers #1 EP
Mexican Summer

In a track on what would become his final album, George Harrison sang, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there”. Fitting, then, that Allah-Las would cover Harrison on their inaugural covers project. You know the drill: band heads into the woodshed to hammer out some inspired covers in between the recording of proper albums. (In this case, the band holed up in Topanga Canyon, so it may have been an actual woodshed.) The Harrison cover, “Fish On The Sand”, is the strongest take of the bunch, which also includes a Television sleeper cut, a track by Allah-Las’ spiritual forefathers Further and private-press folk singer Kathy Heideman’s “The Earth Won’t Hold Me.” [Spike Drivers song for Covers #2 maybe?—ed.] The refrain in Harrison’s “Fish”— “I’m not so much of a man, I’m a fish on the sand”—is a fitting mantra for a guitar-based band playing rock ’n’ roll these days. But with this amuse-bouche of an album, Allah-Las remind us all that there’s magic in them hills, and that guitars carry through the canyons best when dusk is at its nearest.

—Kegan Pierce Simons