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Frontman and Songwriter
The Happy Talk Band
"We need live music in this city more than anything," said Luke Allen of Happy Talk Band.
The Happy Talk Band's Luke Allen croons about the carnage of love gone wrong. Probably the most consistently depressing local writer of love songs is Happy Talk Band frontman and songwriter Luke Allen, who must be the New Orleans, if not regional Southeastern, champion of heartbreak and misery.Each song comes out like a cross between a wrenching sob and a muttering snarl.The track "Forget-Me-Not," is told from the point of view of a delirious inpatient at Charity Hospital's third-floor psychiatric wing: we glean that, after having his marriage proposal rejected, he murdered his girlfriend so horribly -- with a ball peen hammer -- that he's blacked out the whole incident and pines for her visit, calling out her name while struggling at his restraints.
Lead by front man and songwriter, Luke Allen, this band is dear to our hearts.
Luke is a rare, songwriting gem, and his music pulls influences from traditional country... Find out more
If the degree to which Starve a Fever offers a hand to people in hard times is any indication, Happy Talk Band's Luke Allen has suffered plenty.
The people in his songs are struggling in big and small ways; one's on [...] By Alex Rawls | Posted in Reviews | Also tagged Bywater, folk, indie, Luke Allen, Mark Bingham, rock | Comments (0)
Here is part of an interview with two of the owners of Siberia, Luke Allen and Meghan McCracken.
Luke Allen is the songwriter and leader of The Happy Talk Band, a group featuring players like Alex Mcmurray and some fellows from the old Morning 40 Federation. Meghan McCracken: Luke has a lot of connections to the local music scene and I'm good with business stuff...kind of...if I do say so myself?! Luke Allen: Because that is the kind of music that Matt Russell likes. Luke Allen: Oh! Luke Allen: I think they were going to bring us a taxidermied squirrel. Luke Allen: I like Punk and Metal but I wanted there to be different kinds of music. Meghan McCracken: right before this licensing thing Luke was booking a lot of early [in the day] shows Thursday through Sunday. Luke Allen: Different DJ's, different performers. Luke Allen: ...the same bands playing the same sets. I worked on Frenchmen St. For seven years and I can tell you why people start niche booking because I can see how much work it is for Luke and Matt trying to book a club. Luke Allen: We're going to be doing some weeklies up to the point of on Sunday nights we're going to have a movie night; comedy night on Mondays, Trivia night on Tuesdays; and then a dance night on Wednesdays. Luke Allen: It's nice when the weekly bands switch up their set. Luke Allen: Right. Absolutely. Luke Allen: it just doesn't matter at all. Luke Allen: but then it's like the guy on the street singing Stand By Me. Maybe he only knows the first three stanzas of Stand By Me but it doesn't matter 'cause the tourists keep on passing. Luke Allen: it's like the food scene. Luke Allen: my perspective has changed so much now as a musician doing this. Luke Allen: and maybe the owner of the bar should blow me as well because I think that would be just about right.
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