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Luke Spurr Allen

Frontman and Songwriter

The Happy Talk Band

Email: l***@***.com


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The Happy Talk Band

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Alex McMurray - Shows [cached]

With Luke Allen behind the bar, Yohei Yamada at the controls and Yours Truly doing the ould soft shoe...
Luke Allen, Alex McMurray and Casey McAllister Luke Allen, Happy Talk Band and Special Guests Alex McMurray, Luke Allen, Ryan Scully and Greg Schatz Supagroup, Valparaiso Men's Chorus, Geraniums, TBC Brass Band, Shotgun Jazz Band, Kuwaisiana, Lyrical Cock, Washboard Chaz Blues Trio, Luke Allen and more! Luke Allen

"We need live music in this city more than anything," said Luke Allen of Happy Talk Band.

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.

Luke Allen (Happy Talk Band)

"It's a very comfortable environment for us," songwriter Luke Spurr Allen says."We've played the Thirsty Hippo in Hattiesburg, Mississippi where you can't smoke and they don't have liquor.I go crazy man, it's really hard.Last time I went I brought my own whiskey.That's kind of a bitch."Allen sits at the bar making the set lists for the night with a stout beer and a plastic cup of whiskey in front of him.Preston tries to draw Allen into a deep conversation about Trainspotting, the movie playing at the bar."Umm, this is getting quantum on me, I don't think I can handle it," Allen says, losing Preston's train of thought."Your guitar sounds awful," Allen tells him.After a few more whiskey/ginger ales and High Lifes, the lights go down and Allen is ready to open the show.Allen shakes his head, saying, "It's always the drummer." Another hour produces 10 to 20 more bodies, so Allen, McMurray and Casey McAllister nonchalantly begin the set—no introduction, just right into the music. Allen's not working out his relationship to darker emotions; in the calmer approach, he seems more accepting of the unfortunate.As the three work through songs, some of the crowd is drawn to the front of the stage.The other members of the band go about their business, drinking whiskey and mingling with women. It's nearing midnight, and the show that 24 hours earlier was cancelled has now drawn a healthy crowd of 70 people via word of mouth.Rather than a traditional set break, the guys reload on drinks, make some tuning adjustments and are back at it.With a High Life in hand, Allen and company hop right into "You Need to Lose."His calm yet potent voice sings unconventionally of love while steering clear of any lyrical fluff.The band complements him with a trotting beat that rides into a warming slide guitar.Everybody in the band sings along whether he has a microphone or not, and the audience sings along, too.Allen neither shies from nor dramatizes the barroom lives in his songs.In "Giant," he sings, "The stranger's sinking in my skin. / He stinks of barbiturates and gin. / I'm not gonna fall apart, fall apart."He's speaking his audience's language, airing an anxiety that's hidden somewhere in the back of every clubgoer's mind."I'm a nicotine addict," Allen says later."It's not a green room thing where we all just hang out together in the back and don't talk to people," says Allen of Happy Talk Band shows. Allen admits that a life surrounded by alcohol has led to failures and unsuccessful relationships.In fact, the start of the Happy Talk Band in 2000 came with the departure of a girlfriend.But since then, he's been able to find some balance between his art, recreation and private life."Now, I have a wife, a house—and a cat!"Allen exclaims.

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