05/15 Schubas Tavern, Chicago, IL
05/16 Beachland Tavern, Cleveland, OH
05/17 Stanhope House, Stanhope, NJ
05/18 Cafe Nine, New Haven, CT
05/19 Basement Party, New Brunswick, NJ
05/20 May NYC Popfest, New York City, NY
06/01 Cuntra Club, Graz
06/02 R?Club, Steyr
06/03 Rhiz, Vienna
06/04 Weekender Club, Innsbruck
07/06 Indietracks Festival
Allo Darlin' is said to compare that to Kirsty MacColl, The Go-Betweens, Lucksmiths and Camera Obscura, so you know I am already in love with the band.
The Wave Pictures
The other thing I should mention is that the first time I saw them; they had an extra band member. He was on stage with Wave Pictures for their duration of their set. All he played was the cowbell. So I thought, maybe he was their tour manager or roadie. Turns out, the bearded man was actually Allo Darlin's drummer.
Listening to The Wave Pictures' lyrics, it felt like the songs are all very personal, especially the intro song, "I Thought of You Again" by David Tattersall. Drummer Jonny Helm does a two songs, including "Sleepy Eye".
While a slower song, I thought "Leave the Scene Behind" was so heartfelt when sung live, "you'll never be the man that I want." Who hadn't had rejection like that?
Allo Darlin' started their hour set with "If Loneliness Was Art" and had their fans dancing throughout their show. The more and more I hear Elizabeth Morris singing on stage, the more I think they remind me so much of Camera Obscura. The way she sings, the way the song sounds…
Morris also had the world's smallest ukulele, which made her look like a giant. She eventually broke out a rhythm guitar (?), but it didn't stay very long.
They actually did a lot of songs from their first album, with only a few from the new one like "Capricornia" and "Europe". It's understandable, since the album doesn't get a physical release until later this May. Anyway, I think the best part of their show is when they slipped in Weezer's "El Scorcho" and "Buddy Holly" for their song "Kiss Your Lips".
As for the encores, there were three songs. Starting with a solo ukulele "Tallulah", a cover of The French's "Wu Tang Clan", and "My Heart Is A Drummer".
The Wave Pictures and Allo Darlin's final stop in America will be at NY Popfest 2012. Allo Darlin's album Europe will be out soon, and The Wave Pictures' Long Black Cars is out now.
Allo Darlin' at 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis (05/14/12)