Allison Weiss Releases Statement On Continuing UK Tour
In a statement posted to her Facebook page, Allison Weiss has announced that she and Rob Lynch will still be touring the UK as originally planned, but without Front Porch Step. You can read her statement after the jump.
Allison Weiss Drops Off UK Tour with Front Porch Step
Allison Weiss has announced she’ll no longer be touring the UK with Front Porch Step and Rob Lynch later this month. She cites the recent sexual harassment allegations against Jake Mcelfresh (Front Porch Step) as the reason. You can read a statement from her below.
Just so you know, this dude Rob Lynch is on tour through Germany (with Thees Uhlmann) and I am an idiot for not telling you earlier.
13.11. Köln, E-Werk 14.11. Osnabrück, Rosenhof 15.11. Wiesbaden, Schlachthof 16.11. CH - Zürich, Komplex 18.11. Mannheim, Capitol 19.11. Hamburg, Große Freiheit 36 (SOLD OUT) 20.11. Hamburg, Große Freiheit 36 (SOLD OUT) 21.11. Hannover, Capitol 22.11. Berlin, Huxleys Neue Welt 23.11. Weissenhäuser Strand, Rolling Stone Weekender
This is why you should go:
His album “All These Nights In Bars Will Somehow Save My Soul” will be released in German as well, on the 22nd of November….a couple of month earlier than in his home country Great Britain. Thank you, Grand Hotel van Cleef!
Brian Marquis played in amazing Hardcore bands and is putting out fantastic records on his own name he recently. His latest EP just came out on Equal Vision this year.. Hi Brian! You played in the Hardcore band Therefore I Am in Mid 2000. Have you played in other bands before?
I have been playing in bands since around 1995. Everything from metal, hardcore, punk, 90’s cover bands, rock bands. They were all different levels of seriousness but the only other notable touring band I was in was Nientara, a metallic hardcore band in the vein of At The Gates/Prayer for Cleansing and we were signed to Tribunal Records in 2001 around the same time as Atreyu and From Autumn to Ashes.
The band and you released their records on Equal Vision. Is there a band or a record on the label that inspired you when you were young?
Shelter ‘Attaining the Supreme’, Converge 'When Forever Comes Crashing’, Sick of It All 'Scratch the Surface’, Saves the Day 'Can’t Slow Down’, were some of the first records I ever heard from EVR and they really opened doors for me to a lot of new music and genres. I remember flipping my car when I was 16 in an ice storm and I had a cassette recording of Converge 'When Forever Comes Crashing’ in my tape deck at that moment and “Love As Arson” was playing and the line “I will, rise, again” was repeating while I laid there upside down in my car. I’ll never forget how terrifying but awesome that moment was.
When did you decide to make music alone?
Touring with Therefore I Am was great and we did as much as we could while working jobs at home and barely staying afloat. I knew I needed another outlet for creativity, something different and totally under my control creatively. I wanted to be singing more than I was in the band so I started playing acoustic more in 2009. I would listen to records like Beck 'Sea Change’, Rocky Votolato 'Makers’, City and Colour 'Bring Me Your Love’, Neil Young 'Harvest’ and play along and then started writing my own solo songs in early 2010. I started to really enjoy the craft of writing a story along with vocal melodies and keeping songs simple to let the vocals breathe. In the band we had always pushed ourselves to be angular and change things up so much that it felt nice to just focus on writing on a good song that stands on it’s own with just a guitar and a voice.
How were the first shows without a band?
Nerve racking! I had never felt so nervous in all my life and I have been performing since I was a child. I didn’t understand why now I was feeling so much anxiety about playing by myself. I stumbled through a lot of my first shows. Sometimes I’d even get too drunk to try and quell my nerves and end up fucking up and forgetting my own lyrics. For the first year of playing solo it felt like the first time I was performing music ever - which was as terrifying as it was exciting. Music was new again for me whether I liked it or not.
Your music sounds very Boston-inspired. What makes Boston a great place to live in?
I went to school in Boston and lived there for over 10 years and I still spend a great deal of time going back there to play music and visit family and friends. The way I would describe Boston is like your favorite pair
of sneakers from college that if you pulled them out of the closet right now, they wouldn’t be the nicest looking, the best smelling, but they’d fit snug and take care of you. There’s a youthful energy in Boston with so many colleges in town but also a lot of history embedded in the city and it’s culture. It has a great supportive music scene and awesome dive bars and places to eat. It’s just a wicked place to be.
If you had to move, which city would you chose?
Portland, OR or Seattle, WA it’s a toss up.
You just released an EP with the title “I Miss The 90’s”. Why do you miss the 90’s?
The 90’s just had so much good music and music was THE most important thing to me growing up. I miss the excitement of hearing the changing tides of music during the grunge era and seeing music videos dominate MTV. I just miss the excitement of that time and place in music before the internet came and ruined everything haha.
Your full length “Blood & Spirits” came out in Spring 2014. Do you plan to record / release a sophomore record soon?
I’m working on writing towards my sophomore release this fall into the winter and hope to have something out next spring. I also plan to release an EP or a single sometime this fall around my tours I have planned.
You toured with Geoff Rickly, Koji, and Rob Lynch in UK. Do you have any plans to come back to Europe soon?
That was an amazing first UK tour for me with great friends and I hope to get back over there this year and to Europe for the first time in 2016. It’s been a dream of mine since I first started touring in the late 90’s.
What else can we expect from you for the rest of the year?
In Sept I will be heading out on a tour of the northeast US on a bicycle to raise awareness for a charity called Spaghetti Arms whose
mission is to end Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed in early childhood. I’ll be biking over 1,200 miles city to city playing shows and talking to people about Duchenne. I’ll also be doing a west coast and south western tour with my good friends Onward, Etc. this November. In between,
I will be writing and working on the new record.
Enough energy packed into these three minutes to keep you going for oors, and that’s just the one song. Rob Lynch’s new record ‘All These Nights In Bars Will Somehow Save My Soul’ just hit the top of our Thursday gig travel playlist. Take a listen here or save yourself some time and just buy a copy. Well worth it.