Artist info

Genre

Pop, Indie


band members

Elizabeth Darling - vocals and lots of other things


Bio

Allo, Darlin' is the music of songwriter Elizabeth Darling. Originally from a country town in outback Queensland, Elizabeth moved to London in 2005, starting a band called The Darlings, later changing the name to Allo, Darlin'. Under the name The Darlings, Elizabeth released a 3-track single, The Photo EP, on cult CD-R label WeePop Records in November 2007. Limited to 120 copies, each with an individual photo from Elizabeth's travels on the cover, the Photo EP sold out in a matter of weeks, and found Elizabeth fans in Japan, Spain, Germany and the US. Causing the most fuss was a song called Emily, a modern day Jolene, with reviewers calling it "an indisputable girl-pop masterpiece" and "the type of pop song that would be number one in 78 countries for 43 weeks in a perfect world". Landing somewhere between self-depreciation of Kirsty Macoll, the inventiveness of Taken By Trees, and the sweetness of Camera Obscura, Allo, Darlin' has gone on to create a stir in 2008, playing one of the most talked about sets at the Indietracks festival, singing a duet with countrymate Darren Hanlon during his set at the End of the Road festival, and embarking on a British tour, all without a full length release under her belt. On top of all of that, Emily has been played on BBC Radio 6 and Radio 2, and also on the radio in the US, Germany, Spain and Sweden. Elizabeth herself was interviewed by the BBC's Steve Lamacq on his Radio 6 show. Following this, Allo, Darlin' was asked to contribute a track on a global tribute record to Bruce Springsteen, alongside such indie royalty as Darren Hayman, and also contributed an astonishing version of I Wanna Be Sedated for a Ramones covers album, to be released on Atomic Beat Records. In October 2008, Elizabeth retreated back to the Queensland coast to write new material and record in a home studio for 5 weeks, the wonderful results being a beautiful lo-fi Christmas EP, Merry Christmas from Allo, Darlin', to be self-released on CD-R in December 2008. Shortly after this, Elizabeth will be going into a proper studio for the first time to record her new EP for WeePop, Henry Rollins Don't Dance, which will be a limited release on 7-inch vinyl in February 2009.

Review

30

quirky & tuneful

quirky & tuneful