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Pittsburgh-based musician AllegrA releases her solo debut

“I was raised with rhythm in my blood.”

click to enlarge Allegra Eidinger - PHOTO COURTESY OF ROSE SAVAGE
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Allegra Eidinger
Allegra Eidinger’s solo debut has been a lifetime in the making.

Eidinger recalls birthday parties where family members sang “Happy Birthday” in four-part harmony, and her dad encouraging her toward music through his own love for drumming.

“I was raised with rhythm in my blood,” Eidinger says. “I played the baritone horn in school and grew up deeply rooted in rhythm. I knew that I would get into music.”

Later teaching herself bass, the Philly native says a natural curiosity led her toward music when she arrived in Pittsburgh for college.

Joining a student a cappella group, she found herself wanting to do more. It was a chance meeting that would lead her toward the next step.

Two years ago, Dan Hagendorf, guitarist in the Pittsburgh indie band Yes Yes A Thousand Times Yes, was busking when Eidinger asked if she could join in. The two became friends, and earlier this year, Hagendorf and bandmate Dylan Chieffalo asked Eidinger to play bass for YYATTY.

Through her work with that band, Eidinger gained a better understanding of the recording and touring process. She continued to write songs, hoping to one day find the time to release something on her own. That dream comes true on Sept. 25 when, under the name AllegrA, she’ll release her EP My Legs Are Growing on Bandcamp and Soundcloud.

“For this release I did the actual recording of the music, the tracking and the mixing,” she says. “I don’t consider myself just a songwriter, I’m a producer.”

For Eidinger, who draws musical inspiration from artists like Chastity Belt and Beach House, the EP reflects who she is as a solo musician.

“My voice is low, and this recording, with my vocal sound and the arrangements I chose, is a really good reflection of who I am,” she says.

Between studying at Pitt and staying active in the DIY scene, Eidinger has limited time to record and write as much as she’d like, but she hopes to record a full-length in the future. For now, she’s excited for people to hear what she’s been so eager to share.

My Legs Are Growing is short and sweet, an introduction [to] some stuff I made,” she says. “It’s just enough to get people’s attention and keep their ears waiting for more.”

For more information, visit allegraband.com.

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