Shooting Up is the latest from Northwich based Allées, a psychedelic rock project by Cheshire based songwriter Matthew Awbery and could be an alternative soundtrack to Danny Boyle’s 1996 classic “Trainspotting”. The song is a narrative on the journey that Opium addicts take during a high, not only from the title and lyrics but from the music, beautifully dark and yet still complete easy listening.
Shooting Up feels as though you’re wading through a pool of water in a sensory deprivation tank that you want to carry on forever, and it does (well to a point) as it’s not often musicians release tracks that surpass the four-minute mark, but 6:43 doesn’t feel like long enough for this track.
Awbery doesn’t shy away from his influences, and had it been released twenty years ago you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a follow up to The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s “Anemone”, but that’s not to say that Allées doesn’t have its own sound. It’s refreshing to hear a young British musician that isn’t afraid to push the boundaries of rock music, a seven minute psych-rock track about heroin addiction is a far cry from the “indie” music we’re used to hearing from British bands.
You should be paying attention to Allées and it’s nothing short of impressive that this is the debut release – intelligent songwriting, interesting lyrics and tight musicianship. I very much look forward to seeing what comes next.