Alla

Alla

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"Alla connects the downtown, poetic brashness of Patti Smith (she also shares some vocal qualities with the legend) to the more contemporary Grrrl Rock with an almost folksy, organic grace."

Biography

Alla was born and raised in Moscow, Russia and has been a songwriter all her life.

Currently promoting her second independent release, "INVISIBLE", Alla has created a stable and loyal following. Looking to expand her fan base across Canada and united states without pinning a specific audience, Alla can be found playing in coffee houses, bars, outdoor festivals, college campuses and inside rock clubs.

In only three years, Buffalo, and later Winnipeg based singer/ songwriter has generated enough waves in the music scene to make the cover of two major regional arts magazine in Buffalo, NY (Artvoice, Outcome), open for such varying artists as The Butchies, Jump Little Children and Rasputina, and independently record, produce and release two cds.
Recently, a chapter on Alla, titled "New York state of mind", appeared in a newly published book "Homocore: the Loud and Raucous Rise of Queer Rock" by LA authors David Ciminelli and Ken Knox.

Alla pulls together influences from the likes of Bikini Kill, pj harvey, and Patti Smith. One critic in particular says “The songs are damn good, and anyone who covers Bikini Kill’s “Rebel Girl” is more than alright in my book.” –(MH, Artvoice June ’02) It’s that eclectic mix of influences, classical guitar training and sometimes tongue in cheek lyrical content that give Alla’s music a refreshing new take on the underground girl-punk rock that made Kathleen Hanna a household name.

Lyrics

not innocent

Written By: Alla Ivanchikova

Not Innocent

Empty buildings, parking lot
Sunset
I'm running for my life, I'm not
Innocent
Don't give me benefits of
Your doubt
But I'll be glad if you showed me
A way out

'Cause
Sirens are screaming for me
Louder
I'm feeling the smell you the gun-
Powder
Sunset in burning ahead
Of me
I know that I will be free

Give me a reason to survive
'Cause I'm tired
This firedoor will bring me
Higher
My mind is forcing me to jump
But I know
I got a ticket near my heart -
To go

'Cause
Sirens are screaming for me
Louder
I'm feeling the smell you the gun-
Powder
Sunset in burning ahead
Of me
I know that I will be free

I hear myself recite a prayer
And I mean it
I kinda wish I wasn't here
This minute
Buildings are burning from inside -
It's sunset
I'm running for my life I'm not
Innocent
I'm running for my life I'm not
Innocent

'Cause
Sirens are screaming for me
Louder
I'm feeling the smell you the gun-
Powder
Sunset in burning ahead
Of me
I know that I will be free

7 Feet below

Written By: Alla Ivanchikova

7 feet below

I'm driving her home, but I don't know where it is
I'm looking at her face, but I can't recongnize it
I really don't know what is harder than this
I really don't believe that these things make you wiser

I don't want to leave the house, 'cause I don't want to be out
I don't want to stay in, 'cause I don't want to remember
I really don't know, what I am living without
Driving my car through the early December

30 feet ahead there's a sign on a billboard
Many feet above there's a promice of peace
1000 miles away there's a smell on my pillow
7 feet below there's a way out of this
A way out of this

I don't want to eat 'cause I don't want to feel alive
I don't want to drink 'cause I don't want to swallow
Turning on the red to the Sheridan Drive
Trying to keep is straight though the Buffalo snow

I'm trying not to think of the keys in my pockets
I'm trying to forget where I left all my clothes
I'm passing by a man who is selling the earrings
Maybe after all I just need one of those...

30 feet ahead there's a sign on a billboard
Many feet above there's a promice of peace
1000 miles away there's a smell on my pillow
7 feet below there's a way out of this
A way out of this

Discography

"Missing the Earth", 2002 (independently released)
"Invisible", 2005 (forthcoming, independently released)

Set List

Our typical set last 20-40 minutes, depending. It mostly consists of 7-10 original songs and 2-3 covers.

invisible
celebrate
lisa
rebel girl (cover)
sweet dreams (cover)
toys r us
1971
going home
99 red balloons (cover)