Photo: Allison Weiss
Say What You Mean, Allison Weiss’ sophomore full-length and first for No Sleep Records, is a memorable collection of breakup songs, with the same expertly crafted balance of infectious hooks and emotional fragility found on any of Tegan and Sara’s better albums — the two even share a limited edition 12” split, in addition to an affinity for Taylor Swift. The 26-year-old is also remarkably funny, which makes her live set — and Twitter feed — all the more entertaining.
Allison, originally from Georgia and residing in Brooklyn for only a few more days, is Los Angeles-bound for now, but she’ll return to Brooklyn for a show at the Knitting Factory with Austin Lucas and PJ Bond on Dec. 10th.
Allison and I discussed her songwriting evolution, the lengthy search for a record label, and her upcoming move.
No Sleep Records has announced The Casket Lottery as the latest addition to their roster. The Kansas City natives, formed in 1997, recently reunited in 2011 to perform with old friends, Small Brown Bike. The band recorded with Ed Rose in Fall/Winter for a full length set to be released this summer. No Sleep will also be releasing a 7″ EP from the band and a solo 7″ from frontman Nathan Ellis, both of which can be expected sometime this Spring.
A statement on the No Sleep Records website hints at the albums content, ‘The band’s latest will be a darker album than anything they’ve recorded in the past. Said direction was hinted at with “Survival is for Cowards” and “The Smoke and Mirrors EP” yet the “weight of the day” theme has been revisited to set the tone of goth punk songs that are as angry and triumphant as ever.’