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ALLISON PONTHIER – LATE BLOOMER

ALLISON PONTHIER’S NEW SINGLE, “LATE BLOOMER,” IS OUT TODAY

WATCH THE VISUALIZER HERE 

Fresh off a tour with Lord Huron, a festival performance at Austin City Limits, and the release of her debut EP, Faking My Own Death (Interscope Records), Allison Ponthier returns with a simmering, swampy anthem for those who need a little time to come to terms with their sexuality. While her debut single, “Cowboy,” dealt with the difficulties of coming out, “Late Bloomer” portrays the process as a joyful one. Listen HERE.

“‘Late Bloomer’ is about how much fun coming out is. A lot of people describe it as going through a second puberty. You learn a lot about yourself,” explains Allison Ponthier. “That’s why when people come out, they often change how they look aesthetically. They try new things and make new friends. ‘Late Bloomer’ is really about celebrating that. It’s about the reward you get for finally being brave enough to be yourself. There’s no rush. There will always be people there who are ready for you whenever you’re ready.”

The 25-year-old Texas-born, Brooklyn-based artist wrote “Late Bloomer” with Ethan Gruska (Phoebe Bridgers, Trombone Shorty) and Dan Wilson (Adele, Leon Bridges), who also produced the song. The accompanying visualizer, which takes its inspiration from Little Shop of Horrors and “as-seen-on-TV” marketing, introduces a Muppet-like “late bloomer” plant, skilled at skateboarding, karaoke, tattoo art and more. View HERE.

“It’s basically just about being a bad boy, which I always wish I was,” she confesses.

Ponthier and Lord Huron are featured in the first video installment of Consequence of Sound’s new series, “Two for the Road,” which features conversations with artists who are touring together. View HERE. Check out their recent collaboration, “I Lied,” HERETipping Ponthier as one of the “Artists Guaranteed to Turn Heads at ACL Fest,” The Austin Chronicle said, “The touches of pop linger in a swaying haze that cabarets her country-leaning melodies, resulting in the kind of surreal Western pop that swells the sense of dislocation and uncertainty while beckoning warmly to follow.”

Growing up as a wide-eyed misfit in the Lone Star State, Ponthier dreamed of running away to New York City. When she made the move to Brooklyn at age 20, she felt out-of-place in a new way – like a goody-two-shoes Southerner in the epicenter of East Coast hipsterdom. The corresponding internal journey has inspired the string of reflective, idiosyncratic yet relatable songs found on Faking My Own Death, hailed as “stellar” by NME.

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ALLISON PONTHIER — FAKING MY OWN DEATH

Twenty-five-year-old singer-songwriter Allison Ponthier will release her debut EP, Faking My Own Death, on August 6 via Interscope Records. You can pre-save Faking My Own Death HERE. Today, she shared her spellbinding new single, “Hell Is A Crowded Room.” Ponthier’s crystalline voice skims along a gentle guitar as she explores a common fear. “Hell Is A Crowded Room” is available HERE. You can view the visualizer for the song HERE.

‘Hell Is A Crowded Room’ is a song about pushing through social anxiety, especially when it manifests in a really physical way,” explains Allison Ponthier, who wrote the song with Rick Nowels (Lana Del Rey, Stevie Nicks), who produced it along with Dean Reid and Brandon Shoop. “I always wondered why a shy person like me would choose to be an artist when it’s constantly putting yourself in front of people, and I think HIACR is a response to that. It took on a much more intense meaning post-pandemic, but I also think that it’s an applicable song for anyone that gets nervous in groups and is doing their best to be brave enough to get through it.”

Ponthier will join Lord Huron on select dates for the Long Lost Tour which kicks off September 9th in Philadelphia and hits various venues in New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Seattle, Portland and other markets across the country. Check out the full itinerary HERE. They recently performed their collaboration “I Lied,” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Watch it HERE.

Growing up as a wide-eyed misfit in the Lone Star State, Ponthier dreamed of running away to New York City. When she made the move to Brooklyn at age 20, she felt out-of-place in a new way—like a goody-two-shoes Southerner in the epicenter of East Coast hipsterdom. The corresponding internal journey has inspired a string of reflective, idiosyncratic yet relatable songs.

Faking My Own Death merges raw self-expression with a sound both timeless and delicately inventive, tapping Ponthier’s affinity for indie-folk and alt-rock, yet hinting at her country roots with its heart-on-sleeve storytelling. Additional producers who joined her in the studio include Mike Crossey, Ethan Gruska, Dan Wilson and Adam Melchor. Along with “Hell Is A Crowded Room,” the EP features her debut single, “Cowboy”—which was an Apple Music World First—and “Harshest Critic.” See below for track listing.

Billboard said, “’Cowboy’ immediately captures and captivates as both a personal and professional coming-out story” while FADER called the track a “bright slice of queer country-pop.” In this feature, Vogue delved into the details behind the accompanying video, directed by Jordan Bahat and informed by the campy B-movies that Ponthier adores.

Teen Vogue noted, “‘Harshest Critic’ continues her enjoyable, introspective musical hot streak.” V Magazine declared, “You’re going to need to learn to pronounce this name because Allison Ponthier (Pon-tee-ay) is here to stay.”

Track Listing – Faking My Own Death:

  1. Cowboy
  2. Paid For
  3. Harshest Critic
  4. Hell Is A Crowded Room
  5. Faking My Own Death
  6. Tornado Country

Noah Kahan “False Confidence” and Tour Dates

Today, global singer/songwriter sensation Noah Kahan unveils his latest single, “False Confidence,”—listen and share HERE. “False Confidence” sets the stage for further music to be released by Kahan this fall.

Noah Kahan’s first-ever North American, European and UK headlining tour kicks off next month on October 3rd in Atlanta at Vinyl. Shows are quickly selling out, including dates in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Toronto, Denver and more. See the full list of tour dates below. Tickets are available now at www.NoahKahan.com/tour.

Of his new single, Noah explains, “‘False Confidence’ is a song I wrote when I felt like I was trying too hard to be what I thought an artist should be, instead of who I was. I felt like I was losing my identity in trying to reach for some unattainable picture of a successful person; confident, polished, secure. I wrote ‘False Confidence’ to remember not to take myself so seriously.”

“False Confidence” arrives hot on the heels of his 2018 global smash, “Hurt Somebody” feat. Grammy-nominated Julia Michaels.

Growing up in Strafford, VT (pop. 1045), small town wonderment led Noah to explore songwriting early on, emulating musical influences like Paul Simon, Ben Howard and The Lumineers. Kahan writes with thought-provoking realism about self-doubt and fear, while highlighting the intricacies of relationships with an unpolished sincerity. That approach, along with his head-turning vocals, has brought Kahan a long way from Strafford in a very short amount of time. As a senior in high school, Noah’s songwriting attracted the attention of world-class songwriters Dan Wilson (Adele), Scott Harris (Shawn Mendes), Chris DeStefano (Carrie Underwood), among others. Word spread quickly within the songwriting community, and it wasn’t long after graduating high school that Kahan decided to defer his college acceptance to pursue a career in music, eventually straying from the 133-acre tree farm he grew up on to work with Lorde & Khalid’s producer Joel Little. The two recorded six songs together, including Noah’s debut single, “Young Blood,” which entered Spotify’s US Viral Chart at #5 and has cracked over 20 million streams to date.

Noah followed this with his global smash, “Hurt Somebody” feat. Grammy-nominated Julia Michaels. Available on his 2018 debut EP, Hurt Somebody, the song charted at #1 on Australian national radio for three weeks, while also charting in the Top 40 at Hot AC stateside. “Hurt Somebody”’s total streams are over the 120 million-mark, and it is certified double platinum in Australia and gold in Canada, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, Switzerland and New Zealand. Kahan made his late-night U.S. television debut performing “Hurt Somebody” on Late Night With Stephen Colbert earlier this year. As “Hurt Somebody” became an international hit, Kahan sold out venues on a headlining tour across the UK, Europe and Australia, as well as supported George Ezra and LP on their spring North American tours. Noah returns with “False Confidence” as he gears up to release more new music this fall.