Loaded with pulsating hooks and enigmatic tenacious vocals, Annabel Allum oozes charisma and showcases an inept ability to marry folk-style storytelling with snarling fuzzy indie. The Guildford-based singer-songwriter has been backed across tastemaker platforms as one of the most vitally sarcastic voices in the indie scene, with praise coming from key press voices in FADER, DIY and The Line of Best Fit as well as on the airwaves. ‘Beat the Birds’, taken from 2018’s ‘Sorry I’m Not Perceptible’ EP, found its place on the Radio 1 BBC Introducing Playlist, Huw Stephens chose it as his Introducing Track of the Week, and earned her a spot at BBC Music’s The Biggest Weekend in Swansea.
Annabel has performed a number of prestigious slots in the last twelve months, most notably supporting the iconic Beth Ditto across her UK/EU tour at the back end of 2017, as well as sharing the stage with Nadine Shah, Blaenavon and more. Sets at The Great Escape, Live at Leeds and SXSW last year brought her to wider international attention, whilst a fiery performance at her biggest headline show to date at London’s Camden Assembly in February signalled a real statement of intent. With performances lined up at Boardmasters, Siren Festival, Neverworld and Reading Festival this summer, and her first UK headline toured locked in for the Autumn, the future looks extremely bright for Allum.
“Beautiful and edgy at the same time” NME
“Courtney Barnett on a Kill Bill style vengeance mission” DIY
“Formidable, Ferocious, Fantastic!” XFM
“One of the UK’s leading singer-songwriters” The Fader
“Skewing indie on its head” BBC Radio 6 Music
“Raucous and bold” Wonderland Magazine
“Formidable, Ferocious, Fantastic!” Gordon Smart // XFM
“Dripping with sarcasm and bite” The Line Of Best Fit
“Effortlessly cool” John Kennedy // XFM
“relatable slacker rock that’s full of charm” The Line of Best Fit
“Allum is as sure a thing as you can count on in this age of uncertainty” Tiny Mix Tapes
“An impish return riddled with superb wit, driven by pop ambition” Clash
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“Hedonistic rock’n’roll tangle” DIY Magazine
“It’s only a matter of time before this band takes off” Paste Magazine
“One moment Beach Boy-esque backing vocals melt the heart on vulnerable love ballad, ‘Dandelion Wine’. Next they are ripping through raucous and heavy guitar sounds, punctuated by 90s rock ‘n’ roll chants on ‘Cherry’” Clash Magazine
“Rays of gleaming psych guitars chime over stamping drums and gorgeous lyrics” NME
“I’ve got riff pie all over my face after listening to this. Slaying it!” Phil Taggart, BBC Radio 1
“Serene and blissful … euphoric sound” The Line Of Best Fit
“Like Television but with fat distortion pedals” Joel Amey, Wolf Alice Zine
“Like Syd Barret fronting Sonic Youth” The Boston Globe, Bands To Watch
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