Nick Waterhouse, Allah-Las at Neumos 10/14Posted by Lindsey Scully
The soul revival has been prevalent over the past two years with the likes of Alabama Shakes, Pickwick, Allen Stone and that of Nick Waterhouse. California-based Waterhouse creates a smooth blend of soul and R&B all while intoxicating listeners with catchy dance tunes that spread ubiquitous smiles throughout the room. The dapper looking singer is backed by his band The Tarots that is complete with saxophone and trumpets with splashes of tambourine thrown in. The backing female vocals bring a doo-wop element to the band that is a bit of fresh air amid the soul-filled airwaves lately. Time’s All Gone is Waterhouse’s debut full-length, it features the hit single “Say I Wanna Know” and “Some Place”. The darker “I Can Only Give You Everything” is a stand-out on the album all by itself, the finger snaps alone catapult the single onto a whole new level but Waterhouse’s vocals also showcase his lower range.
Similar to Allen Stone, Waterhouse has developed his own iconic style of horn-rimmed glasses, side-parted hair, and a tucked in button-up shirt with chinos. The heartthrob looks more like a time traveler from the 1950s than a touring headlining act of 2012, but it works for him and fans of Mad Men.
Nick Waterhouse will be playing the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas alongside many other SSG Music favorites, including local Macklemore. This is Waterhouse’s last Seattle show of 2012 so gather up your Sunday finest and come out to celebrate.
The vintage sounds, and wardrobe, of Allah-Las are making a comeback to Seattle at Neumos. The quartet met while working at Amoeba Music in California and found a common love for older 60′s rock albums, which they taped and shared at home. The friends decided to start jamming together in hopes of making music that they liked, despite never playing before Matt Correia jumped on the drums and the Allah-Las went from there.
Vocals of Miles Michaud are similar in style to Mick Jagger with a gritty surf-rock styling from guitar pedals. The lo-fi quality of the Allah-Las bring the listener into a dark, foggy garage surrounded by friends dancing, lava lamps and various sized mustaches. The group has been busy this year with Austin Pysch Fest and touring with The Growlers.