TALE OF THE TUNE - WASTED TOO LONG 

(LISTEN WHILE YOU READ!)

I want to tell you guys a bit more about these songs. Where they come from and what they mean. 

Wasted Too Long is one of my favourites from RUN WILD. I've always loved songs that drip with nostalgia and that's what I aimed to do with this one. Right off the top: 

"Back then we lost our memories in those liquor stores and on our lyric sheets...we gotta hold on before we're wasted too long." 

That takes me back to playing in my high school band General Mayhem with Daniel and Daryl. We had an endless thirst for music, for friendship, for beer, for intensity and fun. And though I put a lot of work into those lyric sheets at the tender age of 16 or so, I don't know how comfortable I'd be reading them now. Maybe after a couple of those beers from the liquor store! 

And the chorus has that anthemic quality I always strive for with rock n roll songs. I tried to capture the universal feeling of fighting for something and, whether or not you win that fight, knowing that change is gonna come either way. 

"You know the times have changed, they never stay the same, but did it have to be so tough? You know we gave our best and never took a rest, but the best just wasn't enough." 

After working really hard for something, do you ever stop and ask your self "did that really have to be that tough??". I sure as shit do. 

In the second verse, I try to tame the part of me that's constantly looking back on my former self in judgement. Did I do enough? Did I work hard enough? Was I kind enough? 

"Not me, I wouldn't take it back, I wouldn't change a moment, not a single breath. I got no pain, no doubt, no regret." 

For this song, I tried to say 'no regrets" as a statement of purpose, whether or not that's actually always true. 

And then there's the "whoa" section, which is just fun and catchy as hell. We had one helluva choir into sing that puppy! Corey, Melissa, Katie, Adam, Michael, Kyle and Kat. 

Wasted was written back around 2010 or so, but when I first composed and performed it, it had a distinctly 50's rock feel. Heading into the RUN WILD sessions, and particularly in writing sessions with DANIEL WESLEY and Alexander, we decided it was much better to tighten it up into a more straight-ahead rocker with the palm-muted guitar in the verses, the closed down, four-on-the-floor drums and the big vocals in the chorus. 

And of course, how else to put a song over the top in my books than to have my (tied for) favourite bud Maliyah singing her own rendition of it at the end of the track and on the secret track at the end of the album! I picked her up, held her close to the mic and she just belted that puppy out. One take. A lot more efficient than her old man, that's for sure. Also, this song became a family favourite of ours because singing it was the only way we could get little Tariq to stop screaming in the car on our family vacation last summer! Basically, it's ingrained in our psyche forever. hahaha. 

Listen to this song! Add it to your playlist for the May long weekend! Enjoy! All of my love to you and yours.

'ALLINGHAM IS PROOF THAT ROCK 'N ROLL IS NOT A DYING BREED' 

Couple of outstanding reviews of JA's new album RUN WILD worth sharing. 

"Allingham is proof that rock 'n roll is not a dying breed." Here's the article in the Permanent Rain Press

"Jeremy Allingham’s new record Run Wild drips with summer vibes...Run Wild a great rock piece. It combines the veins and viscera of classic rock with the instrumentation and production levels of modern rock." Here's the article in Gonzo Okanagan.

ALBUM RELEASE SHOW AT THE FOX CABARET 

The album release at the Fox Cabaret was a massive success. Thanks to everyone who came out to support us. You guys were loud, attentive and amazing. A big shout out to the Fox and our sound tech Q! Excellent work!

JA getting comfortable pre-show. Animal of the land where it belongs. JA and BLM holding it down!Holy Toledo, look at this golden stare. Here's the set list for the Fox Cabaret, April 21st, 2018.

COUPLE TOUR PHOTOS 

It's been a couple of weeks, but we had a helluva good time playing up in Kelowna at Doc Willoughby's and Nelson at the Royal. Here's some proof:

On the way to Kelowna!

The boys cuddling up at Milk Crate Records in Kelowna, pre-show.

Milk Crate's all stocked with JA's full discography!

Snowing in Nelson after a frickin' blizzard on the Kootenay Pass!

One night only at the Royal!

JA and the sauce bag, AJG, gettin' ready to rip in Nelson.

On the way home, at the gas station that I wrote my tune 'On the Radio' about.

RUN WILD streaming on Exclaim! right now 

Hugely proud to share with you, for the first time, my new album RUN WILD. STREAMING ON EXCLAIM RIGHT NOW! These are the best ten songs I've had in me to this point in my life. I spilled my guts and did it with the most freedom, honesty and genuine emotion I've ever been able to. 

Thanks to Jesse Gander for producing it with me and making it sound so good. Thanks to Creative BC for kicking in to help me fund it. Thanks to Alex Glassford, Josh Denny-Keys, Michael Meroniuk and Kyle Hayes for playing so well and making the songs even better. 

Most importantly, thanks to my wife Sajeeda for supporting me and loving me through everything, always.

 

 

ANNOUNCING 'RUN WILD' RELEASE SHOWS 

ANNOUNCING 'RUN WILD' ALBUM RELEASE SHOWS: 

Friday, April 6th - Kelowna @ Doc Willoughby's (buy tickets!!)
Saturday, April 7th - Nelson @ The Royal on Baker (buy tickets!!)
Saturday, April 21st - Vancouver @ Fox Cabaret (buy tickets!!)
Saturday, May 26th - Squamish @ Howe Sound Brewing (duo show) 
Saturday, June 9th - Vernon @ Record City (duo show) 
Sunday, June 10th - TBD 
Satuday, June 22nd - Langley @ The Water Shed Arts Cafe (duo show)

Partial proceeds of all shows will go to support the fight against the ongoing opioid crisis.

2017: What a year! 

It's been a big year for me and I want to take the opportunity to thank everyone who made it possible. 

First and, by far most importantly, thanks to my wife Sajeeda for bringing us a new baby boy. Tariq joined the party on January 15th, which means he's almost one and becoming a very cool guy. 

Thanks to my daughter Maliyah for being a smart, joyous, mischievous, kind and funny kid. She is everything to me. And, holy cow, she's already 4!  

I made a new record this year, and it's the best one I've ever done. That's what I've been told anyway. I always think the newest record is the best one, ha.  

Thanks to Creative BC for helping out with the funding. A huge thanks to Josh Denny-Keys, Alex Glassford, Mike Meroniuk and Kyle Hayes for continuing to contribute their creative talents to make my songs sound great.  

Thanks to Jesse Gander for his relentless efforts and out-of-this-world engineering and producing talent. You guys are the best. And thanks again to Sajeeda for holding it together on the homestead while I'm in the studio, doing what I love.  

I played a bunch of very cool shows this year. The most important was the fundraiser we did for the Overdose Prevention Society. More than 1,200 people have died this year. It's a crisis and a tragedy of massive proportions.  

It's also been a hugely rewarding year in my work as a journalist at the CBC. The BC Election was a wild ride. For me, the most important work I did was my series called 'Major Misconduct: Why We Let Kids Fight On Ice' about the human fallout from fighting in junior hockey. Thanks to my bosses and colleagues at the CBC who made it possible and thanks to the people who shared their powerful stories with me.

Dinghy Dock show with Daniel Wesley 

Had an awesome time playing a sold out Dinghy Dock Pub on Protection Island in Nanaimo with my buddy Daniel Wesley this weekend. My old man came over on the ferry with me and it was great to catch up with him and DW. Best moments were when I swore I heard someone in the crowd singing the backups for my Tom Petty cover, but it was actually just Daniel warming up outside, ripping my Christmas tune even though I hadn't played it in a year and Dan's impression of my dad (his high school guitar teacher): "Boys, you can play all the rock n roll you want, but you gotta have a ballad. The girls love the ballads." It was spot on. 

Thanks to everyone who came out to support and to Andrew from Got Pop for putting on a great show. More announcements to come soon!

 

Jun16

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