EP 'Headroom' release date:
April 10th 2020
WHO IS HARVEY ALLINSON?
Harvey Allinson is a 23 year-old songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from North London. His style is a classic-meets-modern combination of rock music, mixed with the lyrical melodies of pop and funk tunes. From a background of old school heavy rock, his songs have contemporary appeal with tonal elements and tropes you might find in your dad's record collection. In the midst of a music scene dedicated predominantly to post punk, his compressed-distorted approach to music production through heavy guitars and fat drums is refreshing.
‘Headroom’ is the first release from new London-based songwriter Harvey Allinson. This 3-song EP is an upfront and energetic 10 minute blend of driving riffs balanced on punchy rhythms. 'Headroom' creates a powerful wave of memorable Rock melodies in each piece. Throughout the record the blurred tone and resonant effects add a nervous edge to the entire production.
‘Headroom’ as a whole gives us a peek into the mentality of the young songwriter, woven into all three songs, as well as an understanding of the more literal meaning of the raucous instrumental levels bursting through the speakers in every verse, bridge and chorus. This album will leave the listener with a compulsion for head banging and lyric shouting. To put it simply, the EP artwork depicting the writer lighting a cigarette off a gun shot should give you an idea of what to expect.
'MONEY' WAS RELEASED AS A SINGLE FEBRUARY 28TH 2020 - IT WAS A TASTE OF THE EP
Inspired by the loud-quiet structure of 90’s heavy rock, ‘Money’ is a combination of classic-meets-modern musical ideas. The introduction provides a somewhat familiar sense of old school 12 bar rhythm, before jumping into an eerie first verse. From here, the combination of a circus-like guitar riff, a tight lounge-jazz drum groove and a modest descending bass line create a textured backdrop for the vocals to add an intensity to the overall sound. The lyrics themselves paint obscure images that, in the context of the ‘reverb-distortion’ cocktail of the verses, become unnerving and add an anxious sense of energy to scene. The choruses themselves are quintessential rock - loud ‘in your face’ guitars, a simple and catchy lyrical melody, and a drum beat that creates its own sense of momentum. ‘Money’ is a hybrid of pre-Pro Tools musical tropes with a millennial’s sense of energy. This only serves to reinforce the lyrical meaning of how audiences consider music in the same vain as their finances, prioritising the destination over the journey.