Quinn Allan

Quinn Allan

BandFolk

A blend of edgy modern indie/folk with the heart of traditional 60's Dylan-style folk.

Biography

Quinn started out playing in a group at the age of 14. His first band was Population Zero, a pop-punk ensemble that went on to establish itself as a local favorite in the San Diego music scene. He was the lead singer. They were known for their silly stage antics and song references to cartoons and video games. After playing steady shows over five years, and releasing two EP's and two albums, the band broke up before high school graduation.

Quinn branched out into other genres and wound up resuming his role as front man in the progressive post-hardcore band Roses For Reason. This new group earned it's stripes fast and played constant shows from San Diego to L.A. The release of their E.P. "Kiss Me Kill You" was a favorite among the Temecula hardcore scene.

After they moved their separate ways, Quinn decided to take the solo road. Relocating to San Francisco, he dove into the music of Bob Dylan, which in turn influenced him to style his music after the folk legend. He adopted the name "Quinn Allan", as a tribute to his grandfather Allan who died before he was born, and started churning out song after song with one goal in mind: to create songs that rely on the importance of words and utilize a simplistic structure to carry his message.

Quinn returned to San Diego a changed man. His days as a lead singer were over and he took to the stage at every coffee shop and bar in town, plucking away at his lyric-driven solo material. For a while he was the host of an open mic night at the locally renowned Metaphor Cafe. And in August of 2007 he met with folk-artist/producer Michael Mazochi to record his first album. Mazochi is one of the top folk musicians in L.A. and his album "California Bound" won Best Folk Album at the L.A. Music Awards. Mazochi and Quinn hammered away at the album and on March 2008 "The Story of Elston Gunn" was released. The title, an homage to his hero Bob Dylan, refers to the name Bob Dylan first chose as a pen-name. The album sold well over the first few months and is carried in retail locations around San Diego. Some of these include: Lou's Records, Innerworld, Music Trader, and Taang Records. Quinn started playing shows at larger venues such as Lestat's West and Canes Bar and Grill.

Quinn now resides in Portland, OR and frequents venues like the Tiger Bar, The Airplay Cafe, and the Hawthorne Theater. He is currently working on putting together a backing group and plans to record and release his second album next year.

Lyrics

The Man With the Black Bird

Written By: Quinn Allan

Woke up this morning,
with a bad idea.
Woke up this morning with,
a head full of bad ideas.
I walked out of that front door,
and left my younger years.

I went a walkin',
so very far from here.
I went a walkin',
so very far from here.
And I walked across a city,
into a bad idea.

I walked on graveyards,
I walked on hallowed roads.
I walked on graveyards,
I walked on hallowed roads.
And I was lookin' for a man,
that ain't no one knows.

I saw a drifter,
I saw a life in tears.
I saw a drifter,
I saw a life in tears.
I asked "Have you seen this man?"
He said "No, not for years."

I kept a walkin',
down on that old dirt road.
I kept a walkin'
on down that old dirt road.
Till I came upon a blackbird,
and on the man he rode.

I asked the devil,
make a deal with me.
I asked the devil,
make a deal with me.
I said "Teach me to play this guitar"
He said "Hey, nothings free"

He asked me kindly,
when I last talked to God.
He asked me kindly,
when I last talked to God.
I saiid I'd never know that answer,
until I'm dead and gone.

He took my spirit,
he took my soul away.
He took my spirit,
he took my soul away.
And when I played on this guitar,
he said "Oh by the way".

You passed a drifter,
on your way to me.
You past a drifter,
on your way to me.
You should have helped him when you could.
He was your lord you see.

Now I play this guitar,
ever since I made that deal.
I've played this guitar,
ever since I made that deal.
I gotta make the most of livin',
because my fate is sealed.

Hey Hey Hey

Written By: Quinn Allan

Well I'm sitting in a bus
I'm looking down the road
I'm looking at the man next to me.

He's laughing at a man
he's laughing at a joke
the wino up in front left to see.

Well he had himself a drink
he drank himself too much
stumbling his way up the stairs.

He never knew the joy
he brought to one sick man
laughing up a storm of city air.

He said hey hey hey
I am just one man's dream
and I dream of men
who dream of men.

I said hey hey hey
well that's just fine by me
but when I sleep
I sleep in the sand.

Well runners got to run
and sleepers got to sleep
and I just gotta find out
what's out there.

Cause when the reaper comes
and puts me down to sleep
I wanna tell him
"Hey, life's been fair"

I said hey hey hey
you got a lot to learn
and I've got one or two things
I could teach.

I said hey hey hey
if you can laugh at jokes
well happiness ain't that
far outta reach.

Mox Ruby

Written By: Quinn Allan

Well I don't want to talk about
what could have been
and what we still and could begin.

And I just want to lay around
in the shady ground
while thinking 'bout nothing.

Where the grass is cool and sun
soaks through my skin.

Well I've been asked what do I grasp
and frankly I ask
"Can I grasp nothing?"

Cause if holding on is like holding
out
then giving up is like giving out
your sin.

And now you've got me stuck here ramblin'.

And I'm not sure if I believe in anyhting.
Believing is just for lovers and gambling men.

And I'm blissfully ignorant to everything.
Just laying in my shade while whistling.

In a world of questions never asked
it's left to us to take the task again.
Cause our fathers made this world a mask though trite and quaint it's just to mask our skin.

Now it's time to take it off again.

And I'm not sure if I believe in anyhting.
Believing is just for lovers and gambling men.

And I'm blissfully ignorant to everything.
Just laying in my shade
and summer wind.

Discography

"The Story of Elston Gunn" released March 2008

Set List

Originals:

The Man With the Black Bird
Nous Somme la Nuit
Bury the Dead
The Story Goes
Song for the Ill-fated
Not That I think
Seasons
Just Like You
Carroll and the Crowe
Sad Song of the Lonesome Soul
Smoke 'em if you got 'em

Covers:

Shankill Butchers - The Decemberists
Simple Twist of Fate - Bob Dylan
Girl From the North Country - Bob Dylan
California Bound - Michael Mazochi
Give my Love to Rose - Johnny Cash
First Day of my Life - Bright Eyes