Melodic rock with enormous guitars and powerful melodies! Get ready to be assaulted with killer guitar tracks, memorable choruses, and an overall hard rockin experience. One listen will make a believer out of you!
De Allen started as a cover band amongst friends in 1982 who grew up together or met in high school. The original line-up of De Allen consisted of Billy D, Duane Vallejos, Jimmy (Bear) Larrea and Julian Forniss. At this point in time Billy D. was on rhythm guitars and keys and Jullian was doing bass. The early version of the band went through a revolving door of singers, sometimes just singing themselves. They had enough money to push themselves buying some stage effects and their own sound system which was above what most party bands had at that time. Even in the early stages the band recognized the need to put on a great show using intro tapes and lighting.
By 1983 De Allen had built up quite a following as a cover band. By 1984 Billy D. had left the band to be replaced by another guitarist. The band split up 4 months later. During this period Duane and Billy had been separately writing original material. Billy had worked that year with a band called Roxong and had switched to bass. After a falling out with the leader of Roxong, Billy, Duane and Joe Lopez had a meeting and decided to rebuild a new version of De Allen as an original band. Adding to this mix was guitarist Gabe Sinoui and former Roxong singer Meleisa McDonell. Though Meleisa was only supposed to be "temporary" due to the chance the band had at some free recording time she eventually became a permanent member. De Allen wrote, recorded and played small clubs with this line-up through to 1986.
In the summer of 1986, Gabe and Duane left the project and were replaced by Nick Ruiz on guitar and Sean Dunbar on keyboards. Writing, playing throughout '86. In December of 1986 De Allen took a break due to the holidays. Unfortunately this break was to be permanent for this line-up. Joe Lopez was killed tragically in a single car accident early morning of January 17, 1987 and was DOA at Pomona Valley Hospital.
Early 1987 saw the return of Duane and original De Allen drummer Jimmy (Bear) Larrea. This forged the basis of the line-up that was to really get going. Signing with manager Pat Schwarz and Blackhawk Entertainment, the band went through some major image awareness and tightening up the sound. With an early 1988 show at Gazzari's the band seemed to have taken a step into the future. By spring 1988 De Allen was playing every club on the Sunset Strip opening for bands such as Warrant, Guardian and Kik Tracee amongst others. Mid 1988 saw the release of the bands first effort "Lovers Lane" which was financed by the band and it's loyal following. Lover's Lane is a 6 song EP on vinyl that included the following tracks: My Time, Endless, Hold On To The Fire, Lay It On The Line, Television Dreams and their blistering remake of Heartbreak Hotel.
Mid 1988 saw the unexpected departure of Lisa / Meleisa after 3 years with De Allen. She had been offered a chance to have more creative freedom in her eyes with the remnants of another project that had disbanded. With Lisa's decision to leave as well as De Allen's own desire to expand on it's roots with the recent addition of keyboardist Jim Gorski, we were steered by Michael Fell to the only singer in Los Angeles that could not only step into Lisa's shoes, but a singer who brought to the table a charisma, power and singular freshness that the band was in great need of. This singer was chosen after over a dozen auditions and was "hands down" a great addition to the group. Susan Szatmari not only was a great talent as a singer / performer, but as a writer and a person. Three weeks after joining up with us we fulfilled a commitment at the Whiskey A Go-Go on the Sunset Strip not missing a single show, a testament in itself to her dedication and work ethic. We continued with our usual headlining shows throughout the strip and those that saw these performances were not only blown away with the ease at which Susan stepped into Lisa's shoes, but the grace, class and pure positive energy that came along with the package! If one of you reading this was privileged enough to have been at one of these performances you know that this is not an exaggeration, but an understatement!!!
Due to personal burn-out and the difference in direction of the band, Duane was to leave by late 1989. Sean had left after the recoding of "Lover's Lane" and was replaced by Jim Gorski who also left at the end of 1989 due to personal and financial reasons. Susan had left for personal reasons and Lisa had returned in early 1989 after the failure of her other venture and the departure of Susan opened the door. Though Billy, Meleisa and Bear made a go of it they just didn't have it in them to carry on.
1993 saw the resurrection of De Allen Mk.2 in the form of Billy D, Tom Krisor on guitars, Greg Mayfield on drums and Denise Wright on vocals. A harder edged, non-keyboard De Allen as the times seemed to demand was born. By 1994 Billy D. had decided to follow up on other avenues feeling the limitations of Greg Mayfield left too large a hole in the rhythm section and left little potential for the band to grow. Though several other drummers were auditioned to replace Mayfield, it was a lost cause and Billy left to work with a series of established local bands before leaving the live scene completely to work alone on his original songs in his private recording facility.
In 1999, Billy D'Allyn started laying the groundwork and plans for a new De Allen release. In 1998 Billy D'Allyn remixed the early effort released on vinyl, "Lover's Lane" but felt it wasn't worth releasing on it's own, lacking too much in the original recording techniques. In 2000, plans were cemented between Billy D. and former Armada drummer/songwriter John Heald to record a new De Allen CD. So on July 13th 2000 recording began between Billy and John along with Guitarist Nick Ruiz and singer Denise Wright. Unfortunately, due to administrative decisions and issues in her own busy schedule with her vast other musical commitments, Denise Wright's tracks were to be re-recorded by Meleisa McDonell, completing what was to be the final mix of "DE ALLEN - Twisted Inside" which was released to critial acclaim on November 15th, 2000 on Metal Mayhem Records. Though Denise's vocals were not to make the final recording, her input and spirit created the template for which the final vocal tracks were done and her invaluable input lives in the quality of the finished product. All the instrument tracks were recording in Billy's Stage One Recording Studios engineered by Billy and Meleisa McDonell's vocals were recorded at De La Bear Music Studios, engineered by Tim Dolbear. The final product was produced by Tim Dolbear and Billy D'Allyn with Tim Dolbear doing the mastering. This labor of love 12 song release was recorded, mixed and mastered between July 14th 2000 and October 18th 2000. The 12 songs are a journey from commercial hard rockers to power ballads as well as more obscure rockers in the vein of Kings-X. Billy, John's and Meleisa's collective influences can be heard throughout the recording including Dokken, Black Sabbath, Yes, Heart, Femme Fatale, Journey and Saga. Much of the initial recording had Billy wearing many hats doing duty on engineering, bass, rhythm guitars and even keyboards.
On 10/5/2000 recording commenced on the follow-up to "Twisted Inside". This time out the line-up consist of Franky Dee-Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals / Nick Ruiz-Lead Guitars, Rhythm Guitars, Backing Vocals / Billy D'Allyn-Bass, Rhythm Guitars, Acoustic Guitar / Jimmy Gorski-Keyboards, John Heald-Drums, Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals. The new CD released in early 2002, "Deceptions Of Reality" reflected a great growth in the direction of the band. More time was taken on the second release as De Allen worked to expand their musical horizons. Produced by Billy D'Allyn, John Heald and Tim Dolbear, Engineered by Billy D'Allyn and mastered by Tim Dolbear with Ryan Northrop acting as Executive Producer, the 13 tracks spanning over 1 hour have been considered to be De Allen's finest hour throughout regions of Japan and Germany as well as many here in the US. We are very pleased with the direction as well as the addition of Jim Gorski and Franky Dee. We took great efforts to listen to you, our fans, in making a stronger release than the debut and feel this one exceeded everyone's expectations, including out own!!!!!
In 2003 we began work on De Allen's third full length CD. This would feature the return of original singer Lisa as well as the addition of Brian Ruedy on keyboards. The final product is the upcoming "Ariel" release which was completed in late 2004. Shortly after final completion we were dealth the blow of the death of drummer, John Heald. We held off on releasing this latest De Allen CD out of respect. We feel this CD is our greatest musical statement to date with flawless production and a fine collection of songs.
We have performed all over SoCal as well as parts of the Mid-West. Special moments include all our fans on the Sunset Strip and the many live shows we did for Michael Fell as well as the charity outdoor shows for all our special friends in Monrovia, CA!!!!
We love Van Halen, Dokken, Lynch Mob and Slaughter just to name a few. Of course, it is hard not to be influenced by acts such as CITA, Axe, Journey, Fate, 220 Volt and the vast list of European artist to numerous to mention!
Amps we use Mesa Boogie, Marshall, Randall RG100ES's, Butler and GK. Guitars include Gibson, Fender, Jackson, Moser, BC Rich, Ibanez, Burny, Tokai and Yamaha.