Call him country, folk, rock, cow punk or blues, Aaron Allen is just a singer songwriter who writes honest music from the heart and could care less about fitting into any one genre. He tends to write about topics other people would prefer to keep quiet and that’s quite evident on the singer’s sixth studio release. The album ranges in style but maintains a country esc feel throughout. He shares a great deal of his life with you on this effort and is not scared to show you who he is, where he came from and how he got there. "Better Days" is a record that explores the trails and heartbreak of growing up in a broken home with the hope and structure of not repeating that lifestyle. He is honest about topics such as his mother’s death, his own battles with alcohol and becoming a father. The now sober Aaron takes you through relationships past and present that shaped who he is.
Hailing from London, Ont. Canada, Aaron has been playing southwestern Ontario and abroad now for close to 15 years. He has played along side some of Canada's biggest and brightest talent (Joel Plaskett, Tom Wilson and The Sheep Dogs just to name a few). After a two year retirement from music, back in early 2013, Aaron is back and stronger than ever. With the help of a largely new line up, The Small City Saints are also a force to reckon with. Comprised of hand picked local musicians the Saints feature members from The Rizdales, The Allens, Rant Maggie Rant and more. For this record Aaron enlisted Producer Mack Edwards and Co Producer/Engineer Simon Larrochette. "The process of recording 'Better Days' was a breath of fresh air" said Aaron. “I didn’t want to get into the studio and just do what I always do”. Putting all his faith in the songs, players and production, they were able to create an atmosphere where eveyone's input was valid and having a good time was key. “When you get in a room with players of that magnitude, you just trust them”. Aaron didn’t want any pre production for this record. The musicians were not allowed to hear the songs prior to coming into the studio and everything was as off the floor as possible. “I wanted to treat it like a jam session. I wanted to capture the magic of just writing the song and laying it down and I believe we accomplished that”.
As for the future, Aaron has plans to tour this summer and play as much as possible in support of the new record. He’s content being a dad, a husband and a tattoo artist. Everything else is just icing on the cake. “It’s all about fun now. I wished I had realized that years ago".
Aaron Allen & the Small City Saints' Upcoming Shows
Aaron Allen's Discography
Aaron Allen & the Small City Saints - Better Days - TBR 2015
Recorded at EMAC Studios, this records shows a more produced version of the band
Aaron Allen - IV - 2011
Take Me Home
Don't Look Back
Changing My Direction
In July of 2011, Aaron Allen quietly released 100 copies of a solo album entitled "IV". This album features 5 solo songs and one song featuring the Small City Saints. He wanted this album to have a more striped down effort, full of heart and not production. This cd is available by request only at this time.
Aaron Allen is not afraid of demons - yours or his - and his third record makes the point all too clearly in the title - A Place Called Hell. He doesn't waste time with self-indulgent long songs. Instead, his album - with the musical styles of blues, country, rockabilly, rock, folk and pop - are heartwrenching and true, perfect for listening to on a warm sunny day.
Aaron Allen is armed with a new, more diversified record on his sophomore release. The songs are recorded with a full band, live off the floor and include sounds of alt-country, blues, rock and his roots, acoustic. The new album is hard to categorize, but definitely fun to find your own.
Aaron Allen's debut album is a stripped down effort showcasing soul baring, emotional songwriting that is intensely pure to the listener. His songs portray stories and circumstances of the less spoken about, everyday life experiences