Allo Darlin’ – “Europe” VÖ 11.05.2012 (Fortuna Pop / Cargo Records)
In May 2012 ALLO DARLIN’ will be releasing their new album “Europe”, the follow-up to their hugely successful self-titled debut which came out in 2009. The London-based four-piece – led by Australian, ukulele-toting, songbird Elizabeth Morris, with guitarist Paul Rains, Bill Botting on the bass and Michael Collins on drums – create perfect, sophisticated pop gems that put a smile on the face of all that hear them.
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. Coming very much from a DIY approach, they inspire true dedication from their fans, many of whom will travel hundreds of miles to see them
In their brief lifetime they have toured the USA four times, sold out tours across the UK, embarked on an epic five-week European tour and played shows across the United States. They have played the End of the Road festival twice and recently headlined a packed-out Scala in London for their label Fortuna POP!’s 15th Anniversary celebrations. 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
Despite all the activity, ALLO DARLIN’ have found time to write songs for their follow-up album which was recorded at different stages during the year and slated to come out in the spring. Their new record “Europe” is very different from their first as the world has changed a lot since their debut in 2009. There have been riots in the streets of London and there is a sense that people are unhappy, so a carefree album didn’t seem appropriate.
Singer Elizabeth Morris says: “I wanted to make beautiful songs and end up with a beautiful album, not necessarily an album full of three minute pop songs…I suppose the songs have an awareness of a darker place but end up coming out the other side. We wanted to make the best album we possibly could and I think we’ve ended up with that.”
It only takes a listen to “Europe” hear how good an album ALLO DARLIN’ have made and to know for a fact that they will be one of THE bands to watch out for in 2012.
“Terrific, witty and heartfelt, like a less moody Belle & Sebastian.” – The New York Times
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