Last year, singer-songwriter Allison Weiss released Say What You Mean, an album of punchy, emotionally potent guitar pop that led to tours with emo-beloved acts like the Front Bottoms, Max Bemis, and former Get Up Kids front man Matt Pryor. It also led to Weiss connecting with an audience that’s starting to coalesce into the type of fan base that borders on the cultishly devoted.
On July 22 she’ll release an EP titled Remember When that should tide them over until she makes another album. It boasts four new original songs (along with a hushed folk-pop reimagining of Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend”) including “The Fall,” which adds a sweeping sense of scale to her power-pop style.
“I re-wrote the lyrics for this song at the very last minute,” Weiss says of the song. “I had a whole other chorus worked out but it just didn’t feel right, so I went upstairs (we made the record in my house) and I locked myself in my room until I figured it out. I wanted to write about coming to terms with reality. It’s such a weird emotion to experience when you first find out that something great can end. My mom calls this my ‘Taylor Swift song,’ which I guess makes sense if you consider it’s from the perspective of someone who’s growing up and realizing that love isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Though I’m pretty sure she just means the lyric about the back porch.”