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Allo Darlin' Drummer Mikey Collins Announces Debut Solo Album 'Hoick'

Wednesday, 23 May 2018 Written by Laura Johnson

Allo Darlin' drummer Mikey Collins has announced his debut solo album.

'Hoick' is due to arrive on August 17 through Fika Recordings and sees him playing most of the instruments himself, with help from from Laura Kovic, of Tigercats, on vocals and Allo Darlin' member Paul Rains on lead guitar. 

Explaining how the record's title is taken from a word he uses when lifting and throwing his daughter in the air, he said:

“I like the way it sounded... it's  a strange word, but when I thought about what it meant it seemed to encapsulate what I wanted the record to do; to lift up.”

He continued:

“This has been the first musical project that I feel proud of the moment I finished it.  Normally it takes a bit of time and perspective.  It feels as happy, conflicted and dense as the inside of my brain feels most of the time, which is the danger / joy of the solo record...”

Head below to check out the record's first single, Sound In Here. Speaking about the track, Collins said:

"This was a song that I wrote whilst thinking about the tinnitus that affected (Allo Darlin' guitarist) Paul Rains and I after years of touring.  Paul, particularly, had a very hard time adjusting to having damaged hearing and a constant tone in his ears.  It got me thinking about whether it was all worth it etc - of course it all was, but there were costs to all that travelling and not sleeping and loud gigs and shit.  This song thinks about that.  I wanted it to sound like the Cure."





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