Bournemouth’s biggest indie rock night arrives on Friday November 10 when DD Allen returns to The Old Fire Station to play the ‘The Big Hometown Headliner’.
It’s been a spectacular year for the Singer-songwriter and his band of local musicians who won the regional heat of The Pogues Irish Whiskey Shot at Discovery competition earlier this year at the same venue.
The band went on to compete in the grand final at the O2 Islington in London and have been rewarded with support from Academy Events to promote a local headline show in November.
But the Pogues competition is only part of the success achieved by the talented artist this year.
The band played at Camp Bestival after reaching the finals of the Bestival Invaders of The Future competition leaving festival founder Rob da Bank haliling DD Allen as “a very very cool band”.
A high voltage performance was also delivered at Ireland’s Electric Picnic festival earlier on this month after the band showcased their talents at a selection event earlier on in the year in Co. Meath.
And it doesn’t stop there; after the video for debut single ‘Just Like The Old Day’s won ‘Best International Music Video’ at Cardiff’s premiere film festival, Allen has now been nominated in the ‘Best Unsigned Male’ category at the 2017 Best of British Unsigned Awards.
DD Allen’s music is an exciting guitar led, rock infused lyrical tour de force and has evolved continuously since the artist was awarded a support slot for James Blunt in Nov 2014.
Now working with music producer Mark Tucker (Portishead, PJ Harvey, Fairport Convention) on the eagerly awaited debut album, the sound has taken on a rich rock and blues influence with elements of everything from The Rolling Stones to The Verve.
Fans who catch DD Allen at The Old Fire Station in Nov are promised a huge show with a full 9-piece band set up and fresh arrangements to the massive back catalogue of music.
Completing the line up on the night are western indie stalwarts Jared and The Mill from Phoenix Arizona and local acoustic award winner Lee Rasdall-Dove making the event one of the most exciting rock and indie nights of the year.
Hot off the heels of blistering reviews for the debut single ‘Just Like The Old Days’ (28 Oct 2016), award winning British singer-songwriter DD Allen has announced the release of his follow up single ‘Rebecca’s Curse’; available to purchase on all major media providers on 30 June 2017.
The new single is taken from DD Allen’s forthcoming debut album, due Oct 2017.
Across its towering sound and Dylanesque song craft, DD Allen’s music is an atmospheric rock and blues infused lyrical tour de force with a hint of americana.
In Rebecca’s Curse, Allen’s song craft is on fine form and comes complete with the poetic dexterity of Dylan’s resurgent Time Out Of Mind period as the song muses and weaves through a story of isolation in the chorus before hope springs eternal in the final line:
“There’s something in the fold of the wind that follows you around, as it howls behind you whispering you’ll never be found”
“When you stop running and something special comes of you”.
Respecting the value of musical heritage, Rebecca’s Curse marks a refreshing return to traditional production values and tightly integrated musicianship. Recorded predominantly live with minimal technology and overdubs has resulted in a contemporary and sustainable sound with a natural depth of field.
Produced by double platinum credited producer / engineer Mike Spink (The 1975, Jake Bugg, The Gaslight Anthem) and mixed by Mark Tucker (Fairport Convention, PJ Harvey, Jethro Tull), Allen’s signature raw vocals blend beautifully with punchy drums, intricate guitars and ethereal pedal steel.
Inspired by songwriting greats including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Adam Duritz (Counting Crows), Allen continues to tell engaging stories about real world influences and in true Dylanesque fashion, there’s just enough cryptic reference to allow listeners to paint their own picture of the songs characters.
"I listen to hundreds of new records a year but it has been a very long time since I have heard more beautifully written songs. Think Dylan, think Neil Young, DD Allen really is that good."
- Louder Than War
“A very very cool band”
- Rob da Bank (Founder of Bestival)