For a contemporary singer/songwriter, Sean Alan certainly does an impressive job at channeling the classic luminaries of old school punk, rock, rhythm and blues dating back to as early as the 1960’s. But where some revel in recreating the past, Sean has forged a bold new sound that feels at once vintage and new, a sonic sibling of rock’s glorious past that puts a vibrant spin on tradition.
This truism echoes artfully throughout Sean’s latest full-length creation, Shake My Tears, released in June 2019. Recorded with his charismatic six-piece ensemble, The True Love Band, the album is a poetic introspection about time and mortality, struggle and triumph, all set against a backdrop of irresistible melody, blaring horns, and rich harmonic textures.
“It’s about death,” muses Sean half-jokingly. “But it’s not a collection of dirges. My dad was a total badass with an appetite for life, so when he died I knew I had to celebrate his life with some fire and spirit.” Fiery and spirited indeed, the album boasts an energy and vigor that serves as a counterpoint to the record's more poignant moments.
The album’s debut single, “Monday Morning Blues,” is a quirky, infectious pop number about lacing up for the daily grind of a 9 to 5. "A song worth swaying to," boasts Modern Music Maker in a recent review. A cacophonous spoken word section by nagging boss types followed by a soaring guitar solo at the end attest to the creativity and virtuosity of the artist.
Sean has had a number of songs featured in film and television, most recently in the hit FX series, “Better Things.” His song “In This World” has racked up over 300,000 plays on Spotify. For all fans and fans-to-be, Sean will be doing shows with The True Love Band throughout the summer as they polish new material with plans to record in the fall.
“He's the real deal." BLURT MAGAZINE
Vintage garage rock swagger and a touch of modern charm... Alan is a true artist, with material that is unlike any of his contemporaries." MODERN MUSIC MAKER
This is tremendous music. I hope people pay attention." AUDIO FUZZ