Beating the competition in the Bournemouth heats are southern rock band, DD Allen. Scuzz TV presenter and journalist, Matt Stocks caught up with them to talk about how the band started, The Pogues and what we can expect to see from them at The Pogues Irish Whiskey Presents: A Shot at Discovery – The Final on Thursday 27 April.
What band made you want to start a band?
“I started the band just over a year ago, and around that point I’d started picking up a lot of Bob Dylan’s later stuff. I started delving deep into the Time Out Of Mind album, which also opened my eyes to the genius of Daniel Lanois as a producer, and that band gave me a really clear vision of what you can do when it comes to the sort of stuff that I’m playing. So Dylan inspired me a lot for sure.”
How would you describe DD Allen to someone who’s never heard you before?
“It’s taken a while to narrow it down, but I really think the closest I can get as far as a genre goes is British Southern Rock. There’s traditional rootsy influence from the likes of Bob Dylan, JJ Cale and Lynyrd Skynyrd, and also contemporary influences like John Mayer. Really, I like to think of myself as a storyteller as opposed to someone that writes hits.”
What can we expect from your set at the final?
“I’d like to think you can expect a lot of energy. And because we’ve taken a lot of old, iconic influences, fundamentally you can expect some classic folk rock with a modern spin. We’ll be playing our debut single Just Like The Old Days, too. And there’ll be a big finish. That’s our style.”
How will you celebrate if you win?
“If we can get out of the state of shock, we’ll probably get stuck into some of The Pogues Irish Whiskey cocktails and shout about it from the rooftops. It’ll be a weird one – we’ll be blown away but at the same time know that it’s just the start of all the exciting things that come with the win.”
Well good luck. The final question has to be, what’s your favourite song by The Pogues?
“I’d have to say The Broad Majestic Shannon – but the live version from the 30th Anniversary concert in Paris. We’ve actually been rehearsing it ourselves and it sounds great. It’s such a perfect song.”
Get your tickets to The Pogues Irish Whiskey Presents: A Shot at Discovery – The Final at O2 Academy Islington on Thursday 27 April here.
About The Pogues Irish Whiskey:
The audaciously Irish spirit from the famed Celtic punk band, The Pogues Irish Whiskey contains the legendary spirit and poetic rebelliousness of the band. Carefully crafted in small batches in handmade copper stills in Skibbereen, West Cork, the whiskey is triple-distilled and aged in bourbon oak casks for three years and a day. The Pogues Irish Whiskey has a warming aroma of malts and cracked nuts. Available at select bars across the UK and from online retailers.