HAVING cut his teeth as a songwriter and guitarist in LA garage-psych evangelists Allah-Las, Pedrum Siadatian is stepping outside the fold for a second time with recordings under his Paint alias.

And as a taster for his second set, Spiritual Vegas, following his self-titled debut in 2018, Pedrum has released the video for “Land Man” – a quietly (and prettily) wonky, Anglophile, Ray Davies-imbued number, which considers the plight of the Los Angeleno who isn’t necessarily concerned with the beach bum cliche: “I don’t need no surf, I don’t need no sand”, he declares, on a psych-pop tune which also has echoes of Head-era Monkees and the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band. Check those classic “bah-bah-bah” harmony lines …

Backing Pedrum in the studio for this and the forthcoming album are fellow Allah-Las Spencer Dunham and Matt Correia, and Nick Murray of White Fence and Oh Sees.

The album title, Spiritual Vegas, was inspired by a visit to Bali, where Pedrum was intrigued by tourists seeking either Instagram enlightenment or Vegas debauchery. 

Any lover of all things Sundazed and chelsea-booted should prick up their ears.

Spiritual Vegas is released by Mexican Summer on July 3rd and can be pre-ordered at https://paint.ffm.to/landman