"Stands out vibrantly... Bringing their poptimism to the masses" - Consequence of Sound
“...Everyone is swooning for the new acoustic pop It Girl.” - Blackbook Magazine
“….Infectious indie pop. The group is clearly one of the best new bands on the (New England) circuit.”- MassLive
“Amy & The Engine have crafted pitch-perfect modern pop that sounds like little else on top forty radio.” - Vanyaland
"Poised for imminent pop success" - The Patriot Ledger
"Brings folk pop to new heights" - Bandsintown
2015 CMJ Music Marathon Must-See Band | Sonicbids
Having just released their debut EP TandeMania, which premiered on Consequence of Sound, the Boston-based pop rock band has only been around for a little over a year – and has already earned praise from some of Boston’s most beloved music curators and has even garnered national press. From nominations for the New England Music Award’s Best Songwriter, Best New Act, Pop Act of the Year, and The New England Deli’s Pop Act of the Year, to opening for national artists Vance Joy, Guster, Kacey Musgraves, and Racehl Platten, the question is who drives the Engine?
The answer: “the new it girl.” Scholastic songstress Amy Allen from South Portland, Maine writes “pop gold” songwriting you can rock out to.
Introspective, handcrafted lyrics tackle the big pondering ideas of 20-somethings, and break them down into tangible, relatable emotions. Equal parts vulnerable and tongue and cheek, there’s honesty in Allen’s songwriting that is missing in today’s Top 40 – and it’s not a mistake.
After trading in her electric bass for acoustic guitar at the ripe age of 9, years of playing in bars across small town-feeling Portland, Maine, an appearance on NBC’s The Voice, and eventually a songwriting degree at Berklee College of Music, Amy Allen is turning heads - and catching ears.
Happy to be one of the guys, Allen gets down with a worldly group of guys and gals, all meeting at Berklee. The Engine is lead by long-haired, lead guitarist Vinny da Silva from Londrina, Brazil, surf-loving drummer Mano Ruiz from Lima.
The Engine's debut EP TandeMania premieres 6 pop-entangled rock tunes are best summarized by Huffington Post as having more than just the typical “catchy hooks” and “peppy pop,” but “classic rock muscle and meaningful lyrics." Asked to explain the title, Allen says, “It’s almost an oxymoron, that we want relationships for comfort and stability - yet relationships usually bring out the crazy and the ‘mania’ in all of us.”
A true 90s child, Allen’s vocal delivery feels like a conversation between lovers and friends, navigating the waters of complicated emotions filled with layers of regret, fear and worry. How do you find a lasting connection with someone? What happens when you hold onto love for too long? The music is brooding and truthful, yet still unquestionably pop, nodding to some of Allen's earliest influencers including Everclear, The Ronettes, and the Beach Boys among others. Combining her love for lyrics and her knack for pop melodies, Allen's irresistible songs hone into self-awareness and feelings of doubt that every young woman and man feels as they fly through their 20s.
The result is retro pop music you can feel. Nostalgic, sun-shining 70s acoustic guitar, 50s and 60s girl-group influenced swoon-worthy harmonies, surf-rock guitar tones and soulful solos, Amy & The Engine’s rocket-fueled classic rock sound perfectly marries sun and sadness.
Making their home in Boston and celebrating one year together, infectious Amy & The Engine has is currently gearing up for their first tour and a packed summer, and is heading into the studio for record number two.