DD Allen sees life’s complex tapestry reflected in great catchy melodies that sit easily between a contemporary Pop rock and the Roots rock legacy that inspired his most recent transition.
He’s an English singer-songwriter, guitarist and modern-day soul-searcher: effortlessly mixing immersive storytelling with irresistible guitars, soulful harmonica and distinctive vocals.
It’s a tightly-constructed, well-crafted sound: full of melodic hooks and a relatable writing style inspired by Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows, City and Colour's Dallas Green, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young.
Starting out as a solo performer under his real name Drew Allen, he immediately caught the ear of James Blunt and supported the acclaimed performer on the Bournemouth leg of the 2014 Moon Landing arena tour.
But Allen quickly became restless with his folk artistry and was keen to take his edgy delivery further with a richer sound. After full band demo sessions of two back catalogue staples (Holborn Avenue and Show Me a Little Mercy) resulted in praise from industry tastemakers on both sides of the Atlantic, it was only a matter of time before DD Allen’s music garnered wider attention.
This came in the shape of double-platinum credited engineer & producer Mike Spink (Jake Bugg, The 1975) who worked on the band’s early development, and multi-grammy winning mix engineer & producer Andrew Scheps (Adele, Zigi Marley, Red Hot Chili Peppers).
While the debut single Just Like The Old Days (Oct 2016) arrived with all the intent of a Killer’s stadium anthem, the sophomore release Rebecca’s Curse (Jun 2017) strived to carve out its own space and rise above the mainstream by emerging as a subtle and poignant statement to isolation and despair.
The 3rd single from Spink’s Monnow Valley recording sessions, Never Felt So Far From You (Feb 2018), saw a brief excursion into Americana and placement on Spotify’s official Fresh Finds playlist.
But it’s the Pop rock sensibilities of material from an extensive unreleased back catalogue that live audiences are paying close attention to. Rousing songs including Wonder Road, 27, Bad Luck and Double Up The Devil (Off a Silver Plate) have evoked active engagement at prominent UK Festivals including Teddy Rocks, Camp Bestival, Chagstock and Electric Picnic in Ireland.
Now preparing to record his debut EP, due for release March 2019, DD Allen continues to evolve: further entwining the principal strands of emotive songwriting and the taut, immediate call to arms of a well-versed contemporary guitar band.