Allo Darlin' play a short UK tour at the end of October, including their biggest show to date in the beautiful environs of Islington Assembly Hall in London with special guests Amor De Dias, the band featuring ex-The Clientele singer and guitarist Alsadair MacLean and Lupe Nunez-Fernandez of indiepop heroes Pipas. The band will also be dropping on on BBC 6music while in Manchester to record a session for DJ Marc Riley.
Currently recording their third album (working title "We Come From The Same Place") at Soup Studio the band will be playing a mixture of old favourites and newies, although as anyone who saw their Compass shows or their End Of The Road festival appearance this summer will testify, the new songs already sound like stone-cold classics! Titles include "Bright Eyes" (a duet with guitarist Paul Rains), "Half-Heart Necklace", "Kings and Queens" and "Angela" with Rains saying of the recording, "We're using three years of touring to try and get some of that sweat and grime and togetherness and sweetness and anxiety onto a record. It's sort of fleshy. And makes me think of skin that smells really good!"
Allo Darlin' are many things. They can turn a room in a famous punk venue into a joyous, jumping, sweaty, pop-mosh pit. Or bring a room of 500 to hushed silence with the few strums of a ukulele and a love song about cooking. In their brief lifetime they have toured the USA four times, sold out tours across the UK and embarked on an epic five-week European tour. The band have also been strongly supported by BBC 6music, recording several sessions including one at the BBC's prestigious Maida Vale Studios. Their self-titled debut was released to universal acclaim in 2010 with plaudits including being named No. 2 record of the year by online retailer eMusic, and a glowing 1,200 word essay by legendary Go-Between Mr. Robert Forster in the Australian critical magazine, The Monthly. Their second album "Europe" was released last year and was made Rough Trade's Album Of The Month, as well as receiving plaudits from everywhere from Pitchfork to Rolling Stone magazine.
For those of you suffering from Allo Darlin' withdrawal symptoms, singer & songwriter Elizabeth Morrisrecently released a solo EP of four songs entitled "Optimism" via bandcamp.
28 Oct Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
29 Oct Soup Kitchen, Manchester
30 Oct Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate
31 Oct Islington Assembly Hall, London (with Amor De Dias)