|Birth name||Allison Amling Weiss|
April 13, 1987 |
Grosse Pointe, Michigan, US
|Origin||Athens, Georgia, US|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, piano|
|Labels||SideOneDummy Records, No Sleep Records|
Allison Amling Weiss (born April 13, 1987) is a Los Angeles-based indie pop songwriter and performer. She has released two full-length albums and several EPs. Her third LP was released on October 2, 2015 through SideOneDummy Records.
Allison Weiss began playing music as a teenager in her hometown of Flowery Branch, Georgia. Inspired by the emotional tumult of young relationships, she began writing songs, adopting a D.I.Y. ethic that would stay with her throughout her career. Weiss released her first EP, An Eight-Song Tribute to Feeling Bad and Feeling Better, in 2007 while attending the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. She followed it up with a full-length concert album, Live at Sidewalk NYC, a year later.
In late 2009, Weiss turned to the newly launched Kickstarter crowd-funding platform to try raising the money for her first studio LP, ...Was Right All Along. Her campaign allowed her to reach her funding goal within the first day and triple it just days later. The Kickstarter success led to some high-exposure press, with The New York Times and Wired magazine essentially labeling her as a sort of poster child for the new era of Internet promotion. Weiss capitalized on the attention with countless tours, interviews, and a panelist slot at the industry's SXSW conference in Austin alongside Kickstarter founder Yancey Strickler. She busied herself over the next two years by focusing on her songwriting and touring.
In 2011, Weiss recorded her second studio album, Say What You Mean, as well as a companion acoustic record called Sideways Sessions in Brooklyn, New York. Both albums were released on No Sleep Records in 2013. The label released an EP from Weiss titled Remember When the following year.
In May 2015, Weiss signed with SideOneDummy Records and announced plans to release a third studio album later that year. New Love was released on October 2, 2015 and produced by Forrest Kline of electro-pop band Hellogoodbye and Bradley Hale of indie rock band Now, Now. 
|...Was Right All Along||Self-Released||2009|
|Say What You Mean||No Sleep Records||2013|
|New Love||SideOneDummy Records||2015|
|An Eight-Song Tribute to Feeling Bad & Feeling Better||Self-released||2007|
|Winter Mix Tape||Self-released||2007|
|The Only Girl at an All Boys Pool Party||Self-released||2008|
|& The Way She Likes It||Self-released||2008|
|I Was An Island||Self-released||2011|
|Remember When||No Sleep Records||2014|
|Live At Sidewalk NYC||Self-Released||2009|
|The Teenage Years||Self-Released||2012|
|Making It Up 7"||No Sleep Records||2012|
|Say What You Mean: Sideways Sessions||No Sleep Records||2013|
|Tegan & Sara / Allison Weiss||Daytrotter||2013|
|"The Same (Acoustic)"||Everyone Is Gay||2015|
- Let Me Go (2009)
- I'm Ready (2009)
- Fingers Crossed (2010)
- Making It Up (2013)
- Wait for Me (2013)
- Au Revoir (Adios) (2013)
- Golden Coast (2015)
- Who We Are (2015)
During her time in Brooklyn, New York, Weiss frequently played shows with Jenny Owen Youngs, Bess Rogers, Field Mouse, and more. She has toured with acts such as Candy Hearts, Anthony Raneri (Bayside), Tim Barry, State Champs, Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids) and The Front Bottoms. She has supported artists like Laura Jane Grace (Against Me), The Wonder Years, Chuck Ragan, and Relient K. In 2012, Weiss supported Lou Reed (The Velvet Underground) on his European tour, during which she also contributed backing vocals in Reed's band. In 2013, Daytrotter released a vinyl 12" featuring Tegan And Sara on Side A and Weiss on Side B. In 2015 Weiss contributed backup vocals to The Front Bottoms album Back On Top and The Wonder Years album No Closer To Heaven. Weiss has also contributed backup vocals to songs with Chris Farren, Reggie And The Full Effect, and more. Weiss's touring band is led by her musical director and guitarist Peter Recine and includes Liam McCormack of Yellowbirddd on bass and Kailynn West of Tiny Stills on guitar/keys.
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