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INTERVIEW: Amy Allen

Hi Amy, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

​Hi! I have been insanely busy but so good, which is the best way to be, right?

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Chasing Jenny”?

​Yeah, so the EP is called Get Me Outta Here! and I wrote the whole record last year when I was still living in Boston / in a relationship that was just going nowhere. So the whole record is about getting the fuck out of there and changing up almost every aspect of my life haha, which I’ve managed to do because I am now living in Brooklyn with my amazing bandmates (Mano Ruiz, Vinny Da Silva, and Pedro Zappa​)​.​​” Chasing Jenny” is special because it’s the only song off the record that was written after I moved to NY.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I was in a much different headspace than I was for​ the rest of the record, and feeling a lot more refreshed about life in general, but the song is still congruent with the other songs off the​ EP because I wrote Chasing Jenny at like 3am one morning after watching my two all time favorite movies back to back; “That Thing You Do!” and “My Best Friends Wedding.” I feel like most of my songs revolve around Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts… Anyways, I started writing the song inspired by these two films and then created this character Jenny who is just the omnipresent girl (or guy) who you strive to be, but​ will just never be. In the song, I am coming to terms with the fact that the guy I like, no matter what ​I do, will always be chasing Jenny.

The single comes off your new EP Get Me Outta Here! – what’s the story behind the title?

​”​GMOH!” is kind of an inner dialogue about my unending sense of restlessness. I feel like at one time or another, we all feel overwhelmed by how many things we want to change in our lives that we don’t even know where to begin. I remember coming home one day feeling like just absolute shit about everything and I couldn’t even pinpoint what was actually wrong. I just sat on the floor in the hallway of my apartment, blasting Pat Benatar in my headphones and wrote the chorus on the back of a grocery receipt. I guess that’s how it all started. Pretty glamorous haha…

​But after I had written all the songs for the record, and was contemplating what to name the EP, “Get Me Outta Here!” seemed like the obvious choice because 1. writing GMOH! was the catalyst for the rest of the record, and 2. I kind of loved the way “Get Me Outta Here!” sounded like a classic 80s movie ​a la “Can’t Buy Me Love” or “Airplane!”

How was the recording and writing process?

​So after I wrote the first song “GMOH!” I immediately thought, “Ugh. I wish Pat Benatar needed songs right now, because this is PERFECT for her.” I could just envision her in all her 80s glory rocking this song on stage with huge hair, fog machine, purple lights, the whole bit… I just really had a moment thinking about it haha. But then I thought, “why don’t I just write an entire record of songs inspired by my favorite classic rock artists/groups that my dad raised me on?” So I did. After writing each song I sat down with my good friend / co-producer Griffin Emerson, and we talked about how each song fit a specific period of rock, ranging from classic rock of the 70s, to ​80s glam rock, to new wave and 90s grunge rock, a la Tom Petty and the Heart b​reakers / The Pretenders / Springsteen / Pat Benetar / Blondie / ​Joy Division / Everclear / Garbage. Conceptualizing this record was hilarious. ​

What role does the 90s play in your music?

​I was born in the 90s, and raised by a mother who loved ABBA, a Dad obsessed with the Stones and all classic rock in general, and older sisters who taught me dance routines to Spice Girls, TLC, Ace of Base, and Blink 182… In addition to that, I started teaching myself how to play songs by the Cranberries and No Doubt on electric bass when I was about 9, so I guess 90s music is just in my blood, for better or for worse haha.

Any plans to hit the road?

​Yes this summer! We will be playing a lot of outdoor festivals around the country, first one is Sunday June 11th, in Portland, ME. We will also be playing few club shows in NY​.

What else is happening next in Amy Allen’s world

​Pretty much every day of the week I am in sessions writing songs for other artists which I love because when I do write a song on my own time for myself, it just makes it that much more intimate and personal for me. ​PLUS we will be releasing a music video soon for “GMOH!” and releasing the rest of the songs off the record, so be sure to check those out! 🙂

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