If there’s something to be said about Allan Rayman with any kind of certainty, it’s that he likes to hold things close to the vest. The Toronto-based singer-songwriter never used to give interviews. Although that seems to have changed in recent years, scour the web and you’ll find that they’re still few and far between. To provide more context, he is originally said to come from Lost Springs, Wyoming: a town that, as of 2010, has four people living in it. Could it be true? No matter. It’s yet another cryptic layer to an artist people know next to nothing about, and that’s part of his allure.
Said to be thematically inspired by Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, Rayman’s latest album, Roadhouse 02, showcases his nocturnal R&B stylings, featuring the same distinctive voice that’s been dragged through coals and burning rocks—in the most beautiful way imaginable, of course.
Here are his Vital Stats…
Roadhouse 02 is out now.
NAME: Allan Rayman
DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND IN TWO WORDS: My favorite.
FAVORITE MUSICAL ERA: Classical
UNDERRATED ICON: Jeff Buckley
CHOICE VICE: alcohol
SPIRIT ANIMAL: wolf
ALL-TIME BEST MUSIC VENUE: Pompeii, Italy
MOST MEMORABLE PERFORMANCE: Jeff Buckley live at Sin-é
MOST DEPENDABLE PRE-SHOW RITUAL: Thinking of a pretty girl.
TOUR NECESSITIES: Belmonts
FAVORITE THINGS TO EAT ON THE ROAD: Oysters and martinis. Crawfish and beer. Steak and wine.
PERMANENT FILM LIBRARY FIXTURES: The Great Escape. Being There. Harold and Maude…
BOOK CLUB RECOMMENDATION: How to Talk Dirty and Influence People by Lenny Bruce
BEST RECENT PURCHASE: TaylorMade 60-degree golf wedge
CURRENT OBSESSION: a girl
SOMETHING THAT’S ALWAYS IN YOUR POCKET: a lighter
FAVORITE PIECE OF LYRIC OTHER THAN YOUR OWN: “If they were right I’d agree, but it’s them they know not me.” – Cat Stevens
YOUR HOME IS BURNING DOWN—WHAT ARE YOU GRABBING? I go down with the ship.