“INTIMATELY ENDEARING INDIE ROCK” - anrfactory
On the 27th December 2019 I will be releasing a brand new album of all original music called “Turbononsense” on Apple Music, Google Play, Spotify and most popular digital music platforms.
The album is a rollercoaster ride of 12 blistering rock songs which vary from guitar driven heavy rock leviathans right down to acoustic folk inspired contemplative ballads, with some indie and blues inspired flavours thrown in too. I am a great believer in the idea that an Album should be a listening experience of itself, that takes you on a journey through introductions, good hooks, highs and lows, to a memorable ending, so I took this idea back to its roots and made sure this album is built to listen to.
I also realise that far more people are getting into playing music these days, so as well as including all the lyrics in the digital booklet, I have also included the guitar chords - so you can jam along to your hearts delight! The guitar chords also work fine on air guitar and the lyrics are backwards compatible with most showers.
Highlights of the album include:
- Folk ballad “Knowing I am Knowing You”, an early acoustic version of which was borrowed by tech giant Microsoft to promote their windows software.
- Blues anthem “Sweetie” which I wrote with my cousin Simon as a creative reprise a few years after our band split up.
- Heavy Metal masterpiece “Anosognosia”, the lyrics for which came about after my old drummer James dreamed of having his legs blown off during a fight with a landlord.
The album can be previewed and preordered here.
The album hits stores Friday 27th December, and there will also be additional pre-saves and pre-orders for other stores on the way out before then, so please follow me on my social media channels to be updated when these happen.
Independent music review website Exposed Vocals just published an interesting interview with me, on the subject of working as an Artist Producer in today's music scene. Read the full interview here:
"Why Did You Never Believe Me?" performed at Leta Trek, Moscow, 17 August 2014, including an impromptu rendition of the intro from "Sweetie"
Allan Dawson's official VEVO channel opened today with the video release Start Again being the first addition. Please view the video directly on the VEVO site here: http://www.vevo.com/watch/allan-dawson/start-again/GBYX61410001
Allan Dawson's new album Start Again is out now in all digital music stores.
You can listen to the full album for free right here, and you can also buy individual tracks or the whole album (in any format). Buying from direct from this website also gets you some cool additional bonus material not available elsewhere:
- inlay card sleeve notes
- lyric book
- official video to the title track start again
I found the city to be a surprisingly exciting place and would thoroughly recommend it to any global travellers looking for a character city that's a bit different from the usual list. The city has recently been spruced up for Universityaid 2013, which is a major sporting event almost as grand as the Olympics, so there's a sense of overhaul reminiscent of Liverpool's recent City of Culture revamp, or Manchester's tweakings for the Commonwealth Games a decade earlier.
Anyway I'm not a travel agent so back to the story... in our wanderings we came across a curious establishment just a block away from the central Metro station at Turkay Square, called the Museum of Soviet Lifestyle. On closer inspection it turns out this place has a dual identity and is also known as the Soviet museum of Rock n' Roll, which has been passionately compiled by owner Rustem to include just about any kind of rock music memorabilia from past visiting rockstars. On display are everything from guitars signed by Rainbow or Garbage to Sting's pants. Its a cool insight into just how connected Russia's youth were to the international Rock music scene during the Soviet years and in the couple of decades since the reforms.
Despite a bit of a language barrier, and with the help of my lovely translator, I made the effort to introduce myself to Rustem and discussed his impressive collection. This struck a chord with the guy and unexpectedly a few minutes later I was invited to play an impromptu live appearance to the small audience gathered at the museum. There was only an amp available for the guitar, so I had to make up for it with some loud singing! Rustem caught the whole thing for posterity on youtube! In fact he only announced he was filming a few seconds before hitting record, so I played the first thing that jumped into my head, which was Angel. Here it is, hope you like it:
Special thanks to Rustem and his staff for such a fun afternoon! I'm in St Petersburg now and hoping to maybe catch Black Rebel Motorcycle Club live on Wendesday night!
Wow I had such an awesome day last Sunday (17th April).
As I have previously hinted, I'm putting together a new band with bass player Trevor Tweedy from VLB, the idea being that we will take my existing material out on the road and start to work on new material. We are currently drummerless and rehearsals thus far have been accompanied by my Mac, lol, so Trev arranged a fun Jam with Jason Cordero, drummer from the band St Louis and the Beat Up Mustangs, visiting from Los Angeles; and Melanie Turner, vocalist from the band Lineburner.
The session was booked at Enterprise Studio's in Soho, just off Charing Cross Road. I didn't really know what to expect, I'd met Mel once previously but had never been to the venue before and hadn't met Jason. This was also the first time in a loooong time that I have trekked across London with a guitar on my back, but what a great feeling! It was a glorious day, I had my cool sunnies on and had cued up some relevant listening on the Android phone to get me in the mood for rocking. As I rode the Central Line tube to Tottenham Court Road I wondered how the session would go. We had a fixed booking of three hours, we've never played together, hmmm. I wondered what we could do with three hours at hand. I'd brought my SD camera with me and wondered whether we'd get anything on it. Last time I used rehearsal studios in London we all used our own equipment, it was a logistical nightmare - carting amps, guitars, drums, stands, cymbals, pedals and "stuff" back and forth each time we went - but at least we knew what sound we were going to get. This time I had just packed my Les Paul in a shoulder case and that was it, I brought a guitar lead, oh and my own mic... I get really squeamish at the idea of singing into a "rental mic" used by hundreds of other germ ridden gozzers. So I was a tiny bit apprehensive about whether the equipment at the venue would work for us, having never seen it before.
I continued pondering about these things right up until I got off the tube. Trev had suggested we go ahead and jam some of my tracks and some VLB tracks, and a few of our regular covers, so I tried to pick out a few that were jammable in my head before getting there, thinking time would be of the essence, we needed to make the most of our three hours!
When The DJ Calls Your Name (Allan Dawson)