Allison Weiss

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Allison Weiss
Birth name Allison Amling Weiss
Born (1987-04-13) April 13, 1987 (age 32)
Grosse Pointe, Michigan, US
Origin Athens, Georgia, US
Genres Indie pop
Occupation(s) Songwriter, performer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, piano
Years active 2007–present
Labels SideOneDummy Records, No Sleep Records
Website allisonw.com

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.

Biography

Allison Weiss began playing music as a teenager in her hometown of Flowery Branch, Georgia.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] 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. [5]

Discography

Studio LPs

Title Label Year
...Was Right All Along Self-Released 2009
Say What You Mean No Sleep Records 2013
New Love SideOneDummy Records 2015

EPs

Title Label Year
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

Other Releases

Title Label Year
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

Music Videos

  • 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)

Associated acts

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.[6] In 2013, Daytrotter released a vinyl 12" featuring Tegan And Sara on Side A and Weiss on Side B.[7] 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[8] and includes Liam McCormack of Yellowbirddd on bass and Kailynn West of Tiny Stills on guitar/keys.

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