Above image: Various Blonde at Middle of the Map 2017 | Photo: The Bridge
Last fall’s release of “All Bases Covered” on The Record Machine represented a new chapter for Various Blonde, the musical brainchild of Joshua Allen.
“I think our sound is the most focused it’s ever been,” said Allen, who launched the project in 2008 as more of a progressive noise-rock outfit. With the eclectic tastes of Allen and his rotating cast of bandmates, Various Blonde has developed a fresh style that incorporates electronic music, funk and R&B. That style was evident on the band’s 2016 album, with Allen’s penchant for pop hooks and a rhythm section to heighten and concentrate his vivid, hallucinatory sounds.
“In the studio, we’ve really been pushing ourselves to make sounds that are new to us, and that challenges us to create music outside of our comfort zone,” Allen said.
Check out Various Blonde’s latest music video for “Up All Night,” off the “All Bases Covered” album.
According to Allen, the group plans to tour around the region this fall and release new material. “Up All Night” was directed and produced by Jon DeMonte of DeMonte Pictures.
You can catch Various Blonde on Monday, Aug. 7 at The Riot Room opening for The Buttertones. Tickets are available.