While primarily guitar based, Jeremy’s experiences as a keyboard player and programmer meant that electronics were always a substantial ingredient of the band’s sound. Throughout the years Allegra Gellar became more of an ever-changing cast of players than an actual band. In 2004, George Lewis III moved to Los Angeles from Portland and joined the group just as Denver took an extended leave of absence. Together Jeremy and George, with contributions from various friends, released, “Where I’ve Been Has Faded” (2005) and “Cassette” (2007). In 2007, after the release of “Cassette”, Denver returned to the group and a drummer, Olive, was added to the line-up to promote the record.
In 2008 Allegra Gellar recorded and released their most definitive and artistically successful record to date, “The Light From Cakes”, half brand new material and half older songs revised and perfectly executed by the newly refreshed and inspired band. The Allegra Gellar camp saw big changes in 2009. First, George took a break to focus on his solo endeavor, The Other Also. Then in spring George decided to move back to Portland and continue his educational studies. By summer Jeremy and Denver left Los Angeles behind to follow George to Portland, where they are now officially based.
In October Jeremy and Denver released the fifth Allegra Gellar full-length, “The Wrist Vs The Futurist Party”. The record was recorded mostly in Los Angeles but George added some final touches just before the record was mixed in Portland. Unlike their previous records, “The Wrist Vs The Futurist Party” is not filled with autobiographical tales but instead made up entirely of stories about characters from a fictional American future. The record has solidified Allegra Gellar’s current sound, which melds acoustic guitars and electronics to create a delicate, spacious foundation for the up-close storytelling of Jeremy’s vocals, more in the vein of European electro-pop than American indie-rock.. Moving forward Jeremy and Denver plan to continue to take the lead in further exploration of Allegra Gellar’s electro-folk sound in both the studio and on stage.
Meanwhile, all three core Allegra Gellar contributors, Jeremy, Denver and George have started a brand new full-time band with drummer Daniel Kopton called International Grey. The new band has a loud and dark, shoegaze/post-rock sound. Expect to see and hear plenty from both International Grey and Allegra Gellar in coming months. Read more on Last.fm.
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