12 Jan 2011

Happy new year everybody. It’s nice to start the year off with some new things, so we’ve given our website a bit of a revamp. We have new tour announcements for Europe listed on our shows page, plus all the details of the upcoming Norwegian and UK dates. You can click on the listed links for tickets.

Bill and Elizabeth have both been involved in their friend Darren Hayman’s January Songs project, the idea being that Darren will write a new song and record it every day in January. Bill played piano and bass on some songs with the other Secondary Modern chaps and Elizabeth sang a song called “I Know I Fucked Up.” Both are¬†here¬†along with some video diaries, including Darren and Elizabeth discussing the controversial topic of “twee”. Dangerous!

5 Nov 2010

Hello. We’re slowly getting over our jet-lag, back to London where it’s grey and rainy but still somehow home. We had an amazing two weeks in the States, thank you to everyone who came to see us and those special ones who travelled far. Thanks also to all the indie promoters who put us on all over the place, it’s very humbling. We’re already hatching plans to come back and play for you again next year. But before we do that we must write the new album, head to the sea and have a little bit of time off. Before that happens we play London at Cargo on Wed 17th November. It’ll be a celebratory evening for the end of an amazing year for all of us. To cap it all, my hero Mr Robert Forster has written an amazing review of our album in this month’s Monthly magazine which comes out in Australia. The text of his review is over on the Fortuna Pop site. Yes Mr Forster, we aimed low, but we want to get higher. Thank you very much.
Elizabeth xo

15 Oct 2010

Hey! We’re about to head Stateside – our third time this year, and as Americans would say, we’re totally psyched! We’ll be playing a bunch of shows on the East and West coasts, as well as two shows at the CMJ Music Marathon in NYC. If you live there, check where we’re playing on the shows page because it might be near you! Paul has made a lovely poster for the tour – we can’t wait! xx

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13 Sep 2010

Hey everyone. We’ve announced some US shows over on the Shows page, which we’ll be adding to over the next few days. Check to see if we’re playing near you!

Also, there’s only 2 copies left of that Hangover Lounge EP in our allocation, so if you want to buy one after that you’ll have to head over to www.wiaiwya.com for your copy. Edwyn Collins rocked End of the Road, as did Eagleowl and Darren Hayman. We had a great time so thanks Simon and Sofia for having us

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28 Aug 2010

Hey! Well we’ve been to Europe with the Smittens, we got lost on the way to Denmark from Dresden and nearly ended up in Poland, awesome people, awesome shows. We’re planning to do it all again in the US in October, this time playing the West Coast as well. Keep an eye on the shows page and see if we’re coming to a town near you – we’ll try our hardest to go the places people want us to come and play. We have two new releases out, a new single called If Loneliness Was Art, with a b-side that was one of the first songs Elizbeth ever wrote. You can buy that from our releases page or from Fortuna Pop. We also have a song, Tallulah, on a 10″ compilation EP put out by Hangover Lounge Records. This song was written especially for this release way back in January, and now it finally sees the light of day. We’re selling that on the website too, the EP is limited to 500 copies only and also has songs by the awesome Motifs, Middle Ones, Amor Del Dias, the Claim… xx

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.

31 Mar 2010

Wow, it’s been pretty busy the last few weeks for Allo Darlin’. We headed off on our first proper UK tour with The School, which has been brilliant. We went to SXSW in Austin, Texas. Played a show at Bush Hall. Played the 6 Music Protest. One of our lot had a baby (not me!). One of our lot got a tattoo and lost all his luggage (again not me!). And then one of our songs was played on 90210 in America. Crazy!

SXSW was great. We played some pretty good shows and got to hang out with some friends in other bands, and some old friends we hadn’t seen for ages. Sean Price even danced to Still Flyin’. It was awesome!

We’re pretty excited to say we’ll be heading back to America very soon, this time to the East Coast to tour with our friends The Smittens, and also to play here:

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We can’t wait! Off to play our last show with the School in Chelmsford tonight at Bitterscene, and it will also be our last show with Greg. You’ve been amazing darlin’. We’ll miss you xx