Aimee Allen

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Aimee Allen
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Background information
Birth name Aimee Allen
Also known as “Aimee Interrupter”
Genres Punk rock, Ska punk, Rap, Rock, Indie Pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2002–present
Labels Hellcat
Epitaph
Side Tracked
Elektra
Associated acts The Interrupters, Tim Timebomb & Friends, Jimmy Cliff, Sublime with Rome, Scott & Aimee, Unwritten Law
Website http://www.wearetheinterrupters.com

Aimee Allen is an American singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles, California. She is currently the lead vocalist for the Hellcat Records band The Interrupters.[1]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Aimee Allen was signed to Elektra Records in 2002 after being discovered by producer Randy Jackson. Her debut album I'd Start a Revolution If I Could Get Up in the Morning, featuring tracks produced by Mark Ronson and Don Gilmore, was never released due to the label being absorbed by Atlantic Records. The label did, however, release her first single "Revolution”, which was a featured rock video on MTV[2] as well as the theme for the WB Television Network series Birds of Prey[3]
Allen contributed to the writing of Unwritten Law's album Here's to the Mourning, released in February 2005. She co-wrote lyrics for the entire album with lead singer Scott Russo including the hit single “Save Me (Wake Up Call)”, which was co-written and produced by Linda Perry. A brief romantic relationship between Allen and Russo resulted in a side project called Scott & Aimee.[4] Their album Sitting in a Tree was released in 2007 by Side Tracked Records. The track “Miss America” won the vox populi award for Best Punk Song at the 7th Annual Independent Music Awards. She returned the following year as a judge at the 8th Annual IMA’s.[5]
Aimee is known for her vocals on the song "Cooties" made for the soundtrack of the 2007 version of the movie Hairspray.[6]
In 2007 her song "Stripper Friends" was re-worked and recorded by Kevin Michael featuring Lupe Fiasco as the hit single "We All Want the Same Thing," released by Downtown Records on the debut album Kevin Michael. That same year the song was also covered by celebrity Tila Tequila for her MTV reality show A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila.
In 2008, Aimee supported presidential hopeful Ron Paul by recording an "unofficial Ron Paul Anthem”, including a music video entitled "Ron Paul Revolution Theme Song”, and performing at events during the 2008 campaign. She also performed this song at the "We Are The Future Rally" in Tampa, FL in 2012.
In 2011, Allen's song with members of The Black Eyed Peas "Days Like This" was featured in the film Mean Girls 2.
She co-hosted SuicideGirls Radio Sunday nights on Indie 103.1 FM in Los Angeles.
In April 2011, Allen collaborated on the Sublime with Rome album Yours Truly. She is the featured vocalist on the song “Safe and Sound”.
In 2012, Allen sang backing vocals on Jimmy Cliff's Grammy award winning album Rebirth produced by Tim Armstrong of Rancid. This led to more collaboration with Armstrong. Throughout 2012 and 2013, Aimee's vocals were featured on several songs with Armstrong for his project, Tim Timebomb and Friends.

A Little Happiness (2009)[edit]

Allen released her first solo album called A Little Happiness on July 21, 2009, on Side Tracked Records with ADA/Warner Brothers. It debuted at #27 on the Billboards Heatseekers chart. The first single from the record was "On Vacation" and it reached #49 on the Billboard Hot AC charts.

The Interrupters (2011-present)[edit]

In 2011, Allen formed the ska/punk band The Interrupters with brothers Kevin, Justin, and Jesse Bivona. The four met in 2009 on a tour that had Allen, a solo artist at the time, and the Bivona brother's band, Telacasters, supporting The Dirty Heads and Sugar Ray. Allen and Kevin started writing songs together and brought Kevin's brothers, twins Jesse and Justin, in to play drums and bass leading to the four forming The Interrupters.[7]
The band got an early start, touring with bands such as Rancid, The Transplants,[8] Devil's Brigade, and Left Alone; as well as playing the American music festival Riot Fest in Chicago and Denver,[9] and the Canadian music festival Amnesia Rockfest, all before the release of their first full length record.
They were frequently involved with Tim Armstrong's Tim Timebomb and Friends project, which saw the online-release of a song a day for an entire year. They were also members of the touring group. The first single released was the song "Liberty", followed shortly thereafter by the song "Family", which was cowritten by and features a guest vocal by Tim Armstrong, and was previously released through the Tim Timebomb and Friends project.[10] Both singles were released as limited edition 7"s through Pirates Press Records.
The Interrupters' debut self-titled record was released August 5, 2014 on Hellcat/Epitaph Records. The album debuted at #95 on the iTunes US Albums chart.[11] The lead single "Take Back The Power" was featured in commercials for T-Mobile,[12] Shameless,[13] MLB's 2016 Home Run Derby,[14] and the Michael Moore film Where To Invade Next,[15] as well as being featured in the closing credits of the film. Following the release, the band toured the US and Canada in support of the album with the likes of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Street Dogs, Less Than Jake, Big D and The Kids Table, Reel Big Fish, Rancid, and The English Beat; and toured Europe with Bad Religion; and also played Soundwave Festival in Australia, and Groezrock Festival in Belgium.
The Interrupters' sophomore record Say It Out Loud was released June 24, 2016 on Hellcat/Epitaph Records. Produced again by Tim Armstrong, the album peaked at #7 on the Billboard Heatseekers Album chart, #25 on the Billboard Independent albums chart, #38 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart, #22 on the Billboard Vinyl Albums chart, and debuted at #56 on the iTunes US Albums chart.[16][17][18][19][20] In support of Say It Out Loud, the band played on the entire Vans Warped Tour during the summer of 2016, and then embarked on their first US headlining tour, bringing Fat Wreck Chords' band Bad Cop Bad Cop along for support.[21][22]

Discography[edit]

The Interrupters
  • Liberty EP (2013) - Songwriter, Lead Vocals
  • Family EP (2013) - Songwriter, Lead Vocals
  • The Interrupters (2014) - Songwriter, Lead Vocals
  • Babylon EP (2015) - Songwriter, Lead Vocals
  • Say It Out Loud (2016) - Songwriter, Lead Vocals
Guest Appearances
Solo albums
With Scott & Aimee
Soundtracks
Singles
  • “Revolution” (2003)
  • "I'm Here" (2008)
  • "On Vacation" (2009, #49 Billboard Hot AC)
  • “Calling The Maker’’ (2009)
  • "Wanderer" (2013)

Filmography[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Album Review: The Interrupters – "The Interrupters"". New Noise Magazine. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Videos by Aimee Allen | MTV
  3. ^ "Birds of Prey (TV Series 2002–2003)". IMDb. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Levitan, Corey (2004-12-03). "Unwritten Law shakes off the past, moves forward in a classic direction". signonsandiego.com. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  5. ^ IMA Judges
  6. ^ Dorian Tenore-Bartilucci (dtb) (20 July 2007). "Hairspray (2007)". IMDb. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  7. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wI0GG7Oese8
  8. ^ https://www.punknews.org/article/51899/tours-rancid-tim-timebomb-and-friends-the-interrupters
  9. ^ http://www.altpress.com/features/entry/editors_recs_3_new_artists_you_must_see_at_riot_fest
  10. ^ http://www.altpress.com/aptv/video/the_interrupters_family_ft._tim_armstrong_music_video_premiere The Interrupters, “Family” (ft. Tim Armstrong) music video premiere
  11. ^ http://www.itunescharts.net/us/artists/music/the-interrupters/albums/the-interrupters-deluxe-edition/
  12. ^ https://www.ispot.tv/ad/7Qu0/t-mobile-never-settle-for-verizon-song-by-the-interrupters
  13. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1z1rG6CPYc
  14. ^ https://www.reddit.com/r/NameThatSong/comments/4r0s48/song_during_home_run_derby_commercial/
  15. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KeAZho8TKo
  16. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/heatseekers-albums/2016-07-16
  17. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/independent-albums/2016-07-16
  18. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/rock-albums/2016-07-16
  19. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/vinyl-albums/2016-07-16
  20. ^ http://www.itunescharts.net/us/artists/music/the-interrupters/albums/say-it-out-loud/
  21. ^ https://www.punknews.org/article/60339/festsandevents-warped-tour-2016-lineup-announced
  22. ^ https://www.punknews.org/article/61591/tours-the-interrupters-bad-cop-bad-cop-north-america
  23. ^ "Two for the Money (2005)". IMDb. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  24. ^ "Hairspray (2007)". IMDb. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  25. ^ "Pretty Ugly People (2008)". IMDb. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  26. ^ "Prom Night (2008)". IMDb. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  27. ^ "Step Up 2: The Streets (2008)". IMDb. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  28. ^ "Sorority Row (2009)". IMDb. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  29. ^ "Lucky (2011)". IMDb. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  30. ^ "22 Jump Street - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 August 2015.