Mitch Allan has been spending time behind the scenes writing songs for other artists since the last SR-71 release in '02, but that will all change later this spring when Allan releases his solo debut entitled "Clawing My Way to the Middle".
Allan broke onto the sceen in 2000, fronting the band SR-71, best known for thier hit single "Right Now". Allan is known throughout the industry better as a songwriter, penning several songs with the band Bowling For Soup, including the band's monster hit "1985". Allan has also recently wrote and helped produce the debut album for American Idol contestant Bo Bice. He also helped write "Casualty" the lead off song on the debut album for the band Marty Casey & The Lovehammers.
As gratifying as writing hit songs for other artists can be, Allan says his main focus will always be his own music. His much-anticipated solo cd, which bears the remarkably humble title, "Clawing My Way To The Middle", demonstrates just how far he’s come in only 5 short years. “It’s funny,” says Allan, “I’d never thought about the pressures of making a solo album. People seem to be watching a little closer now that my name is on the marquee. In most ways, however, things are almost exactly the same. It’s still my voice, my songs, and my band."
Sessions for "Clawing My Way To The Middle" commenced in Los Angeles and Baltimore during the spring of 2005. This marks the first collaboration with Mitch Allan and Producer Ben Moody, formally a member of the band Evanescence. Ben's producer credits include: Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne, and Blank Theory. The album contains some of the most prolific materiel of Allan's short career. Standout tracks include, "Make Me High", a soaring, emotional ballad of heartbreak, and "Superman", written for the upcoming Film "Superman", which is set to be released this summer. The album also contains several songs Allan has been playing live that have become immediate crowd favorites. The sold-out audiences up and down the East Coast have been eating up songs like the quirky upbeat rocker “Gone”, the incredible hooky “Mosquito”, which has been described as the ultimate break-up song, and an energetic new spin on the Peter Gabriel classic “In Your Eyes”. “This record has shown me that I can put everything about myself into my music. I can use the good, the bad, but mostly the ugly… and with all that at least I know I won’t run out of material anytime soon.”