Honing a gritty sound that combines punk’s spirited snarl and folk’s barebones honesty, Annabel Allum has amassed a swell of plaudits and deservedly so.
The Guildford-based singer-songwriter’s latest single ‘You Got It Good’ is a strong entry point for anyone unfamiliar – one of her most feverish tunes yet that recalls everyone from Patti Smith to The Breeders.
How would you describe Annabel Allum to a stranger?
“A complete dork that tackles issues of underdogs and sorrows.”
Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?
“I grew up listening to Red Hot Chili Peppers, Velvet Underground and PJ Harvey. My teenage years consisted of Kerrang bands like Paramore, Young Guns and Green Day. I think they’ll always influence what I do because they influenced me so much when I was figuring myself out as a youngster. Those bands were really there for me when I was trying to make sense of the world and my emotions.”
What was the best gig you’ve played so far?
“That’s hard. Playing the British Music Embassy for the BBC in Texas was definitely a pinnacle moment. I’ve always wanted to do that.”
You’re based in Surrey – what’s your local music scene like?
“It’s good in the sense that there’s a lot going on, lots of bands and lots of new ideas. There’s only like two venues in Guildford though, more would be great. Oh, and if rich dads stopped buying their kids the whole of Andertons, haha.”
Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?
“Just got off tour with Alex Lahey, she’s brilliant both live and on record. Great energy. Another Sky, I caught them out in Texas and just caught them at The Boileroom. Wicked sound. Black Futures. What they’re doing right now is insane. Like pure genius. Watching them grow is thrilling. Check them all out.”
You’re playing Hidden Herd Festival 2019 in July – which other bands are you most looking forward to seeing on the day?
“All of them, but mostly CHILDCARE, Sick Joy and BLOXX.”
And finally, what does the rest of 2019 hold for Annabel Allum?
“More music, more shows, more things.”
Annabel Allum play Hidden Herd Festival 2019 at Brighton’s Patterns on Saturday 13th July alongside KAWALA, BLOXX, Anteros, LUCIA, Sick Joy, CHILDCARE, Chappaqua Wrestling, Saltwater Sun, WOOZE, MarthaGunn, Hot Dreams, Circe, Youth Sector and more. Super Early Bird tickets are sold out, but there are a limited number of Early Bird tickets still available via DICE.