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Friday, 21 March 2014
Indie songsterJordan Allen, who left Bolton School in 2010, has collected rave reviews ahead of his first EP launch, “I Wanna Be Remembered” which will be released on iTunes on Saturday 29 March. Likened to Jake Bugg, it is probably fairer to say that his sound is more influenced by The Hives, The Courteeners and The Arctic Monkeys. The 4-track EP includes his highly acclaimed first release, “Rich and Famous” (watch the video here) and he is currently Unsigned Act of the Week on one of the top music sites in the country, www.gigslutz.co.uk, where it says: “it won’t be long before Allen’s tracks are rolling off critics’ tongues and waves of fans are heaving out of doors to his sold-out gigs. Soon, the UK will be whipped into a frenzy while humming along to the catchy, rock ‘n’ roll sounds of ‘I Wanna Be Remembered’.” The full review is here.
Tom Robinson of BBC 6 Music said of Jordan: “Sharp lyrics, great attitude and a seemingly unstoppable momentum behind him – what’s not to like?" and “I Wanna Be Remembered” was made one of his top 10 favourite tracks of the week. Jordan’s music was used to promote the recent Manchester City v Barcelona game and the clip can be viewed here. He has also gained airtime from another Bolton School Old Boy, presenter Mark Radcliffe.
Jordan has toured the North extensively, playing everywhere from Leeds to Manchester to Sheffield and back to his hometown of Bolton, where he has built up a strong following. March 29 will see a packed hometown gig at The Blind Tiger as Jordan launches his new EP. He then looks forward to gigs at the Ruby Lounge in Manchester on 11 April, where he will appear on the same bill as The Tapestry, Dub and Blossoms and a DJ set from XFM’s Clint Boon. After that, he will be making his first appearance in the south of England at The Purple Turtle in Camden on 25 April. From there, he may never look back!
Looking back on his schooldays he reflected: “I have great memories of Bolton School and how it prepared you to perform in front of a live audience. Even as far back as Junior School, I remember performing a Keane song in Year 5 as well as winning an acting award. Performing in the Boys’ Division’s Young Musician of the Year Award also helped build my confidence and these days I don’t get nervous at all. I used to have drumming and singing lessons but did not really pick up the guitar until Year 9 when I first heard the Arctic Monkeys. My advice to current pupils wanting to break into the music world is the advice that I was given by The Courteeners’ lead singer, which was to ignore criticism, stay true to yourself and keep on writing.”
Jordan will shortly visit Bolton School to talk to boys about his experiences in the music industry. He is currently studying for a Marketing Degree at Leeds Met.
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