allegra gellar is named after the lead character in david cronenberg’s 1999 film, eXistenZ, played by jennifer jason leigh, and yes, purposefully spelled differently by one letter. jeremy wilkins and denver bon began using the band name, allegra gellar, in 2003 upon their arrival in los angeles. they previously played together in several atlanta based bands, including underwater and rosewater elizabeth, but were starting over in a new city with a new sound.
in 2003, they immediately began working on their debut, “the make-up artist” (2004). inspired heavily by bands like death cab for cutie, red house painters, and cursive, allegra gellar was originally at it’s core an indie-rock band, writing songs about destructive relationships and lost love. while primarily guitar based, jeremy’s experiences as a keyboard player and programmer meant that electronics were always a substantial ingredient of the band’s sound.
throughout the years allegra gellar became more of an ever-changing cast of players than an actual band. in 2004, george lewis III moved to los angeles from portland and joined the group just as denver took an extended leave of absence. together jeremy and george, with ...