Hamilton electronic duo Allegories release new album on April 29

Sometimes life gets in the way of art. So, it was with Allegories.

Allegories is the brainchild of Hamilton electronic music duo Adam Bentley and Jordan Mitchell. They have been part of the local music scene for almost 20 years and released their first album, “Surreal Auteur”, in 2008.

It took almost 14 years, but Allegories finally managed to complete a follow-up album. It’s called ‘Endless’ and will be released next week on Hamilton-based independent label Hidden Pony Records.

And yes, it was worth the wait. The nine tracks of “Endless” deliver a multi-layered sound that blends dreamy soundscapes with catchy pop melodies and danceable beats.

Allégories will celebrate the occasion with a special DJ set at Casbah Lounge on Friday April 29, the official release date of the album.

Fourteen years is a long time between albums, especially since Bentley and Mitchell began working on the new songs in 2013. Things, however, kept interrupting the creative flow.

First, there was that other band, a seven-piece alternative rock project called The Rest, which Mitchell and Bentley had founded 10 years earlier. When The Rest folded in 2013 after releasing three LPs, it looked like they would finally have more time to invest in a second Allegories album.

They began working on new songs at Bentley’s house in the Stinson neighborhood of Hamilton, but it soon became apparent that they needed a better space.

So they built one. It took about a year to tear down an old shed in Bentley’s backyard and build a recording studio. You would think Allegories would be all good to go now. But no.

We heard how great the little backyard studio sounded and other bands like The Dirty Nil, Basement Revolver and Single Mothers asked if they could give the place a try. Thus, Bentley and Mitchell entered the recording industry.

And then there were a few other career detours, including two restaurants and a thriving public relations business.

Besides being a talented musician and sound engineer, Mitchell is a very good cook. He worked for several years at Roberto’s Ristorante on the Mountain and is now executive chef and co-owner of Cima Enoteca on Locke Street.

“My life isn’t nearly as busy as Jordan’s,” Bentley said in an interview with The Spectator.

During this time, Bentley discovered he had a knack for marketing other people’s bands. He started writing biographies and press releases as a part-time project. This small side business grew into a successful business called Author Research with colleagues in New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Toronto. Bentley estimates his company has worked with nearly 2,000 artists over the past 13 years. It’s not uncommon for him to work 12-hour days with Auteur Research.

Somehow Bentley and Mitchell still found time for regular DJ gigs at the now closed Baltimore House on King William Street. There they developed their appreciation of the beats, learning which would fill the dance floor and which would fall flat.

Over the past five years, Bentley and Mitchell have become more serious about completing the album that now gave new meaning to the title “Endless.” The duo compiled a total of 35 tracks after countless sessions of sampling, looping, mixing, shuffling and slicing. From there, they whittled the record down to nine manageable tracks.

“We tried not to worry about convention and just make music that we were passionate about,” Bentley explains. “In the end, we still wanted to make a pop record while keeping our experimental leanings intact.”

In the summer of 2020, they felt their job was pretty much done. All they had to do was master all nine tracks, an important final step in the recording process that maximizes volume and continuity of sound. Mitchell and Bentley wanted the mastering to be done by Jeremy Greenspan, a Hamilton-based producer and musician best known as co-founder of electro-pop group Junior Boys.

Greenspan was the perfect choice, but he too is a busy man. Greenspan was finishing work on a new album by longtime collaborator Jessy Lanza. He was also building his own new studio, and the guys at Allegories knew how time consuming that could be. It would take almost a year before Greenspan was available. It was worth the wait.

The finished product is the exact balance between pop and experimentation that Allegories sought. The preview single ‘Always True’ has previously been featured on Errol Nazareth’s CBC show ‘Big City Small World’, while two other singles ‘Constant’ and ‘Pray’ have aired on the Toronto station. India 88.1.

Bentley promises it won’t take another 14 years to complete Allegories’ third album.

“We’re about halfway through the next record,” he says. “I wrote all the songs on a ukulele and put them in the computer. Then Jordan and I built them from there before deleting the ukulele. It’s a lot of fun…the plan is to come out next year.

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