The generous people at Hidden Home Records have released Do You Remember Punk Rock Comps? Vol. 1, an eighteen track compilation that is free to download.
Do You Remember Punk Rock Comps? Vol. 1 features two tracks by each of the following bands Wicked Bears, sKITTISH iTZ, Union Stockyards, Young Planetary, Urban Outfielders, LATE, CROWN, Sheep Amongst Wolves and Destroy Nate Allen.
Do You Remember Punk Rock Comps? Vol. 1 can be downloaded for free here
, Destroy Nate Allen
, Do You Remember Punk Rock Comps?
, Hidden Home Records
, Sheep Amongst Wolves
, Skittish Itz
, Union Stockyards
, Urban Outfielders
, Wicked Bears
, Young Planetary
Destroy Nate Allen are comprised of married couple Nate and Tessa Allen, they are an interactive, sing-a-long, folk punk band whose unique blend of folk, punk rock, campfire songs and foot-stomping country jams set them apart. They have just released an official music video for the song Vegetables, that features footage taken at forty live shows. The track is taken from their album, With Our Powers Combined, that was recorded with Gnarboots.
With Our Powers Combined is available as a pay what you want download here
You can view the video for Vegetables below
With Our Powers Combined
High Endurance Records
With Our Powers Combined may be the perfect example of how a bad album cover can make you miss something worthy of a listen. The multi-coloured, highly-florescent gives my headaches just by looking it and I imagined some cheesy, electro-pop wanna by hybrid that I would shove off at a moments notice.
That, in a far-off way, is what I got but not in the way I expected. For in some weird way, With Our Powers Combined is actually pretty damn fun. Stupid and cheesy yes, but fun nonetheless.
The husband and wife duo – supported by Gnarboots on this particular album – comes blaring out of the starting gate with the staccato, random and Bikini Kill-esque Waking Up Is Hard To Do. It’s hard to put Bikini Kill in the same sentence as a song called Waking Up Is Hard To Do, but sonically it’s there even if the lyrics don’t come close to matching.
However, from that point on, Destroy Nate Allen just explodes forward with a sound that matches the album artwork. It’s fun, cheesy, and comic-book like with an explosion of sound that mixes MC Larswith Pedals On Our Pirate Ship, The Wild, Zolof The Rock and Roll Destroyer and Mixtapes but with a poppier, more joyful energy. Chick Flick has a ska-stroke melody while Our First Apartment (Ghetto) is a straight up folk-punk tune about living in a shitty apartment. They merge styles – the moog synth on Boobie Bar explodes into a jubiliant pop-punk tune with a Star Fucking Hipsters edge if Nico de Gaillo was singing and Long Weekend Blues is a bare boned acoustic song and ska comes back on Distracted Nate-O-Bot.
Lyrically, Destroy Nate Allen is a prime joke band, like a funnier version of Chixdiggit! or Nerf Herder. With songs about strip clubs, chick flicks, eating vegetables and late night taco runs, With Our Powers Combined isn’t a cerebral heavy effort but it reminds me of some of the bands I got into when I first got into this style.
Trading male and female vocals, Destroy Nate Allen is a fun and enjoyable album. It’s stupid, I’ll give you that – but it also brings a smile to my face.