With his debut solo album, Toronto-based singer/songwriter Dave Allen establishes himself as a bona fide roots music auteur, transporting us to a place that to our modern perceptions will seem uncomfortably foreign, or conversely, all too real. Listeners previously heard flashes of Allen’s brilliance in his previous work with the Barrie, Ontario collective Stonetrotter, but on When The Demons Come he takes full command in bridging his wide-ranging country, folk, blues and gospel influences. Allen’s songs sparkle with the instrumental interplay of The Band, blended with the brooding soul of Bill Withers and the pop inventiveness of Harry Nilsson. To call When The Demons Come a labour of love is an understatement. More accurately, it is a place where both the dead and living can co-exist, sharing their stories and finding peace in doing so. See Dave perform live at Sawdust City’s Saloon on December 16th.