17 Jun 2010

Phew, it’s been really hectic for us the last month! We’ve been back to the States and had an amazing time at the NYC Popfest and then on a week long tour of the North East. Nik of the Records Make Great Pets website did a photo diary of our tour there, and you can see it on his blog here.We played some super cool shows, like the secret house party show in New Brunswick NJ. Played with some amazing bands then got to blast Bon Jovi and Springsteen in a 1/2 Jersey double driving down the turnpike after the show.

The NY Popfest was amazing, we even ended up on the front of the NY Times website which was pretty bizarre but really really cool. Hugest thanks to Maz, Rebecca, Emily, Steph, The Smittens, Sam, Danny and Eileen, Christine and William, Christen and Herbie. It was so cool for us to have people to come to see us in the States and especially those who came to several of the shows. It was really mind blowing for us and we can’t wait to get back. So fingers crossed for later in the year, when our record will be released over there and hopefully we can make the most of these rock’n’roll visas we have. We also got to eat lots of really neat food that is probably (certainly) really bad for you, but as there are several junk food aficionados in Allo Darlin’ the cheese in an ezy bottle was appreciated. Twinkies less so (those things really are gross).

For those in Europe and the UK, our album was finally released last week, almost a year after we recorded it. It feels great to finally have it out and have people listening to it. We know this kind of music isn’t everybody’s cup of tea but it’s certainly ours, and we hope it will be yours too. We’re very proud of it, so keep an eye on the shows section of this site because we keep adding things all the time, like the End of the Road festival and shows in Europe and also the UK. Here’s what the BBC thinks of our album:

Between the bounce of the lighter numbers and the ache of the sweet ones, there’s all manner of winningly realistic insights veiled underneath the music. This debut is a joy from beginning to end, a fully-formed talent at the first attempt – as rare as it is welcome – Daniel Ross

Our album launch at the Lexington on Tuesday was probably the best gig we have ever played. We loved having Standard Fare and the Middle Ones (who were awesome, as usual) and it was a sold out show, which made us feel good. It was nice to see people there who we didn’t know at all, maybe word is getting out after all. You can buy our album from the Fortuna Pop! site, at all good record shops in the UK and Europe.

One more thing, if you ever want us to come and play in your town, please send us an email at allo@allodarlin.com. We don’t use a booking agent and we’re open to this kind of thing. You never know, it might be on the way for us. We like playing shows. In fact, we love it.