Crushing Death & Grief present:
Sat 21st Aug @ The Portland Arms, Cambridge
Doors 7pm, tickets £5 adv. from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/87410
Allo Darlin’ are a thing of indiepop wonder; one minute they’re melancholic, bittersweet balladeers, the next, frenzied, fun-filled, elastic joy-bringers. Somehow they manage to combine an earnest naivete with the heartbreak and weariness of grown-up life without abandoning the hope of the better times around the corner. All of this would amount to naught if it wasn’t for the uniform excellence of their pop tunes. If you take all the best bits of positively charged 1980’s pop culture and condensed them down, you’d end up with a collection of Allo Darlin’ songs.
The group started around 2007 when Elizabeth started a love affair with the ukulele, and recorded an EP for WeePOP! Records. Last year Allo Darlin’ became a ‘proper’ band and released the ‘Henry Rollins Don’t Dance’ single, a tune so madly catchy that even the harDCore kids are obliged to get down to Abba. Earlier this year their debut, eponymous album came out, on the always-great Fortuna Pop! Records, and has turned out to be the ultimate summer record. Whatever the record equivalent of an ‘unputdownable book’ is, that’s what it is. If you’re into songs that make you grin ear to ear, followed by moments of sad, reflective beauty, all intertwined with bits of Weezer, Cyndi Lauper, The Just Joans and a whole load of ba-ba-ba harmonies then you’ve come to the right place.