Alana Amram has been in music in some fashion for most of her life as she’s comes from a rather musical family. When Amram was a child, she was known to take naps around the guitar cases at the foot of the stage, while the rest of the family performed. By the time Amram was a teenager, she was already a part of NYC’s underground scene — pasting flyers, writing for several zines, and spending quite a bit of time in this town’s now vanishing D.I.Y. venues.
Amram attended SUNY Purchase with the intention of studying film, but left to pursue a life and career in music. She’s done studio work for several bands at a bassist and has hit the road with a number of bands. Known for having a wide array of employment — she’s been a bartender, has run diamonds and has been a guitar teacher, among others — her songs as a solo artist come from hard-fought experience. Many of her earliest songs, came about during slow nights bartending she Amram was desperately trying to figure out what she wanted to do with her life.
Her solo career began in earnest when she started playing shows in the East Village and in Brooklyn back in 2006, and since then she’s been getting quite a bit of critical praise for her work. Now based in Los Angeles, CA, Alana Amram and her backing band, the Rough Gems released their sophomore effort. Spring River on back March 4th, and the first single, “Should I Go Now” is elegantly simple, mournful song, full of the sort of heartache that sounds perfect for a lonely honky tonk around closing time, when you’re likely stuck with your own regrets and thoughts. And it asks a question that many of us who have been in failing relationships have asked – when is it time to pull the plug and move on?
The official video is something of an ironic juxtaposition as it has Amram on a pedal boat during a gloriously sunny day; however, despite the beauty of the day, she’s completely alone and in an environment which seems strangely desolate.