Spirited, anthemic, and immediately memorable — English singer-songwriter DD Allen’s undeniable voice and heartfelt lyrics have earned widespread recognition on both sides of the Atlantic.
In his new EP (19 Jul), Allen delivers a visceral sound full of energy and intent — a style he passionately refers to as “Heartland Rock ‘n’ Roll”.
Born on the south coast, Allen emerged on the local scene in 2014 performing songs written with an equal dose of lyrical dexterity and Dylanesque metaphor.
He made an immediate impact and quickly found an unlikely ally in James Blunt who hailed the singer as “An exciting cross between Jake Bugg and Neil Young with a great deal of honesty in his lyrics”.
The media were also quick to highlight Allen’s songwriting virtues with Louder Than War quoting, “A songwriter in the mould of Dylan and Neil Young, DD Allen really is that good”.
Yet despite the early recognition, Allen quickly grew restless as a solo artist and he set about recruiting some of the regions finest musicians to go electric.
Teaming up with double-platinum credited engineer & producer Mike Spink (Jake Bugg, The 1975, The Gaslight Anthem) in 2015, Allen went on to release three singles from the coveted ‘Monnow Valley Sessions’.
His debut single ‘Just Like The Old Days’ (Oct 2016) arrived with all the energetic intent of a Killer’s stadium anthem and found immediate support from Indie Shuffle.
The sophomore release ‘Rebecca’s Curse’ (Jun 2017) premiered on Atwood Magazine, striving to carve out its own space and rise above the mainstream by emerging as a subtle and poignant statement to isolation and despair. Allen’s 3rd single, ‘Never Felt So Far From You’ (Feb 2018), saw a brief excursion into Americana and placement on Spotify’s official Fresh Finds playlist.
After Bestival founder, Rob da Bank saw the band live and plugged heavily in an interview for BBC Radio (“A very, very cool band”), a reputation as a formidable live act gained momentum. DD Allen went on to perform at several prominent festivals including Larmer Tree, Camp Bestival, Chagstock, Teddy Rocks and Electric Picnic in Ireland before playing a first major headline show at The Old Fire Station in Bournemouth.
In 2018, an ever-transient Allen returned to the studio to create a new body of work, convinced he had yet to find his ‘signature sound’.
Teaming up with music producer Mark Tucker (Jethro Tull, PJ Harvey), Allen started crafting an exciting new repertoire inspired by the rawness of ‘Exile on Main Street’ and the relatability of heartland rock’s most excellent including Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty.
Allen is predictably excited about the forthcoming July release and plans to follow up with a debut album: “I’m just a modern-day soul-searcher dancing on the contemporary side of rock and roll”, he claims. “I think I’ve found my true sound. It’s raw, it’s honest, and it rocks.”
DD Allen’s tracks