Destroy Nate Allen

Destroy Nate Allen

 Kansas City, Missouri, USA
DuoRockPunk

There’s very little that’s typical about folk-punk duo, Destroy Nate Allen. It’s not just their unique blend of folk, punk rock, campfire songs and foot-stomping country jams that set them apart; it’s their live performances—which are unlike any other bands’ out there.

“Quirky and off-beat and crazy fun” -Huffington Post

“One of those you-gotta-see-it-to-believe-it bands that only comes along once in a great while. - Jersey Beat

Biography

There’s very little that’s typical about folk-punk duo, Destroy Nate Allen. It’s not just their unique blend of folk, punk rock, campfire songs and foot-stomping country jams that set them apart; it’s their live performances—which are unlike any other bands’ out there.
“At this point pretty much every show involves: sing-a-longs, circles, very personal interactions, improv theater moments, marriage counseling, and as much punk rock as we can sweat out,” says guitarist/vocalist NateAllen, who is accompanied by his wife Tessa on tambourine and vocals.
Right at the onset of the show, the audience quickly realizes they are in for something completely unlike the standard, run-of-the-mill, live-band performance. Nate and Tessa position themselves on the floor—even at venues with a stage—and have the audience make a circle around them, instantly shaking the audience awake, requiring their participation as much as the band’s.
“I don’t like the audience/performer barrier and I want to do away with it when at all possible. We are also trying to empower people to feel more joy and (do sillier things) than they would ever dream of doing at a show,” says Nate Allen.
Things only get weirder from there, as Nate and Tessa run back and forth inside the circle, not using microphones or amps, often singing inches away from members of the audience—in some cases going right up to people and touching them. But the goal for Destroy Nate Allen isn’t to make people uncomfortable—it’s to make them happy. Sometimes that means pulling people out of their comfort zone and reminding them what it feels like to be a kid.
“My favorite live shows were always the ones where I walked away feeling like I’d spent my time well. This often meant wearing home a huge smile. So I guess I’m just trying to be like my heroes and show people a VERY good time,” Nate Allen says.
Since Destroy Nate Allen are trailblazers in a category of their own, they are often left doing everything themselves—including booking tours, promotion, recording albums. They do it all!
“I don’t think DNA has ever really been DIY by choice per say. We’ve self-released most all of our music because no one has stepped up to help us out and so I’ve just gone ahead as best I could,” says Nate Allen.
Being so thoroughly independent has afforded them the freedom to grow and change in ways that has preserved their unwavering uniqueness, something they are extremely proud of.
“Being DIY has made us the band we are… being stretched and hungry has made us an intense live show and lead us to constantly reinvent ourselves over the years. Besides the shows, our tours generally consist of hanging out with as many people as possible and trying to recognize teaching moments as they come along. I guess this is what happens when two extroverts get married,” Nate Allen says.

“Quirky and off-beat and crazy fun” -Huffington Post
“One of those you-gotta-see-it-to-believe-it bands that only comes along once in a great while. - Jersey Beat

Lyrics

My Parents Managed Apartments

Written By: Nate Allen

MY PARENTS MANAGED APARTMENTS

My parents spent 20 years managing apartments. This is how I grew up. These are all true stories. This is a new song. It has me very excited!!!!

They wanna put alligators in our apartments
Big snakes to play with the kids in the backyard
Basketball players to beat us up
And just when you think that you’ve had enough
They break our legs and then run away
They chop down the trees then ask to stay
And just when you think that it can’t get worse
YOU PACK THEIR BAGS AND YOU KICK THEM OUT!!!!

They fight and they scream and their voices seem
like samurai swords cut through paper walls
They shoot their guns down through the floor
once not enough so they shoot some more
They throw their cigarettes in the flowers
three days later it starts a fire
They track us down when we go to church
And it feels like they rule our universe

They wanna put alligators in our apartments
Big snakes to play with the kids in the backyard
Basketball players to beat us up
And just when you think that you’ve had enough
They break our legs and then run away
They chop down the trees then ask to stay
And just when you think that it can’t get worse
YOU PACK THEIR BAGS AND YOU KICK THEM OUT!!!!

They like to get naked when they’re alone
Then stand in the doorway when you get home.
They scream and convulse in the parking lots
And then they take up two parking spots
They ALL like to call us on Christmas day
The one day we want them to STAY AWAY
They wake us up at 3 am
Because somebody kicked their front door in
But you can’t kick them out when they’re selling drugs
Because they say they know karate and their daddy owns the place

They wanna put alligators in our apartments
Big snakes to play with the kids in the backyard
Basketball players to beat us up
And just when you think that you’ve had enough
They break our legs and then run away
They chop down the trees then ask to stay
And just when you think that it can’t get worse
YOU PACK THEIR BAGS AND YOU KICK THEM OUT!!!!

Discography

Welcome To The Future - LP
Davey EP - EP
Take It Easy: On The Road With - LP
Awake O' Sleeper - LP
Resolution - EP
Deconstruction/Reconstruction - EP
Live In Portland - EP
Insomniac Folklore/Nate Allen Split - EP
End of The Rope EP

Our 3 full lengths are up for live streaming on our website. We've had multiple songs on independent and college radio.

Set List

Tonight
Loving You
Electrified
Come To The Mountain
Ghetto
She Used To Be
Not Quite Yet
White Flag

We tend toward 7 or 8 song, 30 minute sets but we can easily cover longer times and mulitiple diverse sets if needed. We tend to play 1 set a night.