This is the first in a series of retrospectives about our past albums.
Awake O’ Sleeper, the Destroy Nate Allen debut, was the exclamation mark after a long battle with fear.
Originally Released: 10/7/2006
1000 CD’s Pressed – Out of Print
Label: Quiver Society
Recorded / Mixed by Nate Allen in San Francisco, CA.
Mastered by Kramer (Danielson, GWAR, Daniel Johnston, Butthole Surfers)
Photos by Mark Strandquist
Nate Allen: Vocals, Acoustic and 12 String Guitars, Bass, Keyboard, Brushes, Guitar Case and Tamborine
Barbra Jean Dumont sang on Don’t Walk Away
Demo Feedback Team: Phillip Hood, Brian Fletchner, Tyler Hentschel, Leon Goodenough, Anna Allen, Cliff Greenwood, Joe Mendonca, Caleb Olson, Robert Vujasinovic, Eric Ackerson, Sam Wartenbee, Cliffy, Tessa Rhyne, Barbra Dumont, Kevin Bailey, Michel Ortiz, Samuel Aaron, Brent Stubblefield, Rick Mugrage, Andrew Springer, Kristen Kerr.
Original Press Release:
Who is Nate Allen might you ask? Why do I want to destroy him? The answer is simple, you might not have to – he’s on a pace to destroy himself.
For two years, Nate Allen aka Destroy Nate Allen has been traveling the west coast in anyway imaginable (buses, trains and hitch-hiking are just the start!) to deliver his brutally honest form of folk rock to anyone who would listen.
In between (and sometimes on) tours DNA has produced a growingly impressive and prolific discography. This past year alone he has released six records, the latest of which, his debut full length – Awake O‘ Sleeper, was mastered by Kramer (Butthole Surfers, Half-Japanese, Danielson, GWAR).
Awake, features: 10 songs self-recorded at night after work and will be my fifth release with Portland D.I.Y. collective Quiver Society ( Soul Junk) and the first to bear my new moniker Destroy Nate Allen. With songs ranging from brooding country and exuberant folk punk to introspective indie rock and at times even gospel, Destroy Nate Allen is quickly making a name for himself in the independent music scene.
If you dig, anything from Johnny Cash or Woody Guthrie to Against Me, Bright Eyes or Pedro The Lion you’d probably enjoy DNA.
Awake O’ Sleeper Reviews:
East Bay Express: In a time when there seem to be more indie-folk bands than anything else, Destroy Nate Allen’s acoustic musings stand out as authentic without being saccharine. The prolific songwriter (he released five records last year) captures listeners with his effectual lyrics, perfect for the cafe setting.
Buzzgrinder: Lo-fi acoustic sing-a-longs of charm and wit. Nothing too fancy, just enough to separate himself from the countless droves of “singer/songwriter” clones out there.
Scene Point Blank: I’d like to start off this review by stating how much respect I have for Nate Allen. Just like G.G. Allin was committed to being the most sick and depraved human being he could possibly be, Allen is committed to prescribing to punk’s D.I.Y. ethics and living his life by them. Using any means possible to tour and recording his songs after his job bagging groceries, Allen, singing under the appropriate moniker Destroy Nate Allen, has created Awake O’Sleeper, his debut full-length. Not only is the album available for free, Allen has also decided to quit his job in March so he can go on a 120 show national tour. It’s impossible to deny Allen’s love and dedication to his music and his sacrifices to share it with others, and it doesn’t hurt that his album is pretty decent as well.
Awake O’Sleeper is a folk album at its core, taking influences from the likes of Bright Eyes and adding a bit of punk and country into the mix to create a solo effort comparable to early Against Me! Allen’s primary instrument is the – you guessed it – acoustic guitar, although tambourines, bass, and piano are also used sparingly in a few of the songs. Awake O’Sleeper features Allen playing both uplifting folk songs blooming forth with hope and excitement, as well as slower, dreary ballads of desperation. As I stated above, Destroy Nate Allen seems to be an appropriate name for the man to go by.
Unlike many other folk punk artists like Tom Frampton and This Bike is a Pipe Bomb, who are fully dedicated to their politics, or Against Me!, who were dedicated to their politics until they got enough attention and decided everything they stood for was bullshit, Nate Allen has decided to leave politics behind, and rather focuses his songs about the basics of life and those who live it. Singing about his doubts about the existence of God in “Last Call” or being tired and worn out in “Despite it All,” to singing about ditching his lament for joy in “Anchors Away,” Allen seems to be content with his songs. While his lyrics can be a bit simplistic at times, I think it’s safe to say that Awake O’Sleeper isn’t meant to be the most intricate album ever made, nor should it be.
I wish Allen the best of luck on his upcoming national tour, and I do so with all the respect in the world for him. Allen plays a simple and ordinary form of folk music, ditching the politics and settling for an acoustic guitar and songs of the everyday man. If Destroy Nate Allen truly is on a path of self-destruction, so be it. At least he is doing it on his terms. 7.0 / 10
The Bohemian Aesthetic: Were I to stick to writing about CDs of guys singing along with their guitars, it’s doubtful I’d ever run out of material for this gig. That is to say, I don’t seek them out, but when one lands in my mailbox and impresses me, you share in the blessing, friends.
And DESTROY NATE ALLEN is out to bless anyone taking the time to hear him out. How else to describe it when a guy, who holds down a grocery bagging job in San Francisco and will do his dangedest—hitchhiking included—to play his music wherever a venue booker may want him, gives away his latest CD at performances and on his Web site?
That latest longplayer—if ten songs in under 30 minutes constitutes long playing, nowadays—Awake O’Sleeper (Quiver Society), sounds like perfectly enough realized, minimalistically produced folk-pop-rock with an engagingly plainspoken voice and populistically poetic lyrical bent. He sounds as at home in his humble declarations of faith (which he’s not using as a marketing angle, thank goodness) as he is exploring his doubts and shortcomings. Exactly the kind of unassumingly talented bloke in whose guitar case I’d throw some change or a couple of singles were I to see him busking. And the kind of guy women attracted to spiritual geeks could fall for, considering what I’ve told you about his music and how he looks like the juncture of a family tree wherein Allan Sherman and Brian Posehn meet.
If you’d like to support Nate The Self-Destroyer enough to fairly exchange him some of your money for his artistry, go HERE. If you want a freebie (‘can’t tell you whether he’s going to be that generous with the other four CDs he’s supposed to issue this year), visit HERE and either eMail him for one or catch him live. The guy gets around plenty for a grocery bagger
Dust Covered Soul: I am a man with a lot of free time and apparently no better place to spend my money than on my endless pursuit of the music I love and a hunger for new music. I’ve been to more shows than I could possibly count. I’ve been to stadiums to see bands on major labels, but more predominately I’ve been to coffee shops, clubs, city halls, and holes in the wall. I’ve seen thousands of garage bands and musicians. The reason I preface a review of another artist with these statements is because I can honestly say that last night I saw one of the best live performers I’ve ever seen.
Nate Allen, or Destroy Nate Allen, is a folk rock musician from Oregon who brings to life the very core of what the punk rock and DIY ethics embody. He travels the country on his own dime, living out of his van, living off whatever amounts a show might pay, merch, and donations. I had the honor of opening for him on a show he played at The Espresso Institute in Flushing, Michigan. When he played he had the shop cut most of their lights off, stepped out away from the microphone and didn’t bother to plug his guitar in. He started picking his guitar and singing in the single most heartfelt, soulful belt I’ve ever heard. He sang his songs with a confidence and honesty that made it seem almost like he was just telling a story. I could almost see the stories in front of my eyes as the words left his lips. I was hypnotized by the presence he brought to the room.
His current album is called “Awake O’Sleeper” and he asks only for a donation in exchange for it if you can spare it (which I was more than happy to). The CD contains 10 of the most expressive folk-punk songs I’ve ever heard. His upcoming album, “Take it Easy” contains some even greater pieces of work. The song “Arizona” tells the story of living on the road as a real musician, and it tells it so vividly and eloquently that you can almost put yourself in Nate’s shoes.
Bottom line… listen to the stuff!
Avatar (University Of Oregon Student News Paper): Watching Destroy Nate Allen play feels like a conversation with a close (and, at times, slightly manic) friend. His tone passes through phases that resemble laughter, prayers, shouting matches, and dares as you sit—only a few feet away from the man (Nate Allen) and his acoustic guitar—in a dimly lit church, a café, or a living room full of hardcore kids. It’s like a confession, and the same sincerity echoes in every beat of his debut full-length album Awake O’ Sleeper.
“I just really want to see kids connect with what I’m writing,” explained Allen.
Though the album would most easily be classified as indie-folk, this label would be slightly misleading. Folk artists usually pride themselves on their on honest lyrics and their working class roots; their melodies are often simple; and their music usually feels organic. Awake O’ Sleeper is folk on crack. Though Allen incorporates all of these qualities in Awake O’ Sleeper, the punk/hardcore unmistakable. Through the years, Allen has been involved with numerous punk bands around the northwest, and the simple three and four chord progressions, brooding tones, and breakneck tempos commonplace throughout the album would have made Joe Strummer proud. Still, the album’s influence expands even beyond the musical contradictions of punk and folk, drawing on modern indie sounds and gospel (apparent in the cover of the hymn “Deep And Wide”). Imagine Woodie Guthrie and Mike Ness duking it out in a drunken brawl and then resolving the issue with a trip to church.
“With different arrangements, some of these songs actually could be hardcore songs,” said Allen. “My time with hardcore bands really influenced what I do. I believe in simple music and short, fast sets. I still have a very DIY, kind of militant ethic.”
This ethic even seeps its way into the sound of the record. Self-recorder by Allen over the course of ?? in a San Francisco church’s basement and mastered by Kramer (Butthole Surfers, Half-Japanese, Danielson, GWAR), Awake O’ Sleeper carries a very raw, unproduced sound. Though some might find the vocal and recording styles somewhat abrasive and those expecting a full-on punk rock album will be let down, Awake O’ Sleeper is solid work fueled by inspired songwriting and simple acoustic melodies.
Allen has been touring the west coast via Greyhound Bus since the album’s release, and the record can be purchased online at destroynateallen.com or at many local record stores. – Justin Pitman
Neufutur: The very quiet sound in which “Holiday” starts is tricky for a listener. While the production values may be quiet, Destroy Nate Allen has a certain punk rock energy to the act that has been found in acts like Against Me and The Devil Is Electric for the last few years. One can even hear chunks of other acts like Defiance Ohio and even Contravene in Destroy Nate Allen’s song, but one must take that last comparison with a grain of salt: there is not the deadpan political recommendations present in Contravene’s music in Destroy Nate Allen’s. The same type of energy is present during “Ambulance”. The thing is that Destroy Nate Allen smartly keeps a lot of their energy back instead of flying off at the handle.
This means that the tracks are much better planned out in the arrangement department. While individuals might prefer the faster style, I would actually like to hear songs done in this way just to showcase the act’s arrangement and storytelling abilities. While the first two tracks forwarded a specific style for Destroy Nate Allen, it is during “Deep and Wide” where the act changes their style up considerably. In this track, there is an increase in tempo and a modification of the guitars that are such a focal point for Destroy Nate Allen. With this track, there is almost a droning sound created by the guitar, something that creates a whole other realm of possibilities for the act.
Destroy Nate Allen moves to a more bouncy, sing-a-long style with “Come To The Mountain”. While this track makes sense in context, it also shows Destroy Nate Allen as a group that can come up with styles and approaches that were not borne out by the previous tracks. The ability to be spontaneous is always a desired trait, and it becomes more desired once individuals have the capacity to weave these jumps in styles into the larger fabric of the disc. Destroy Nate Allen may still be making a name for themselves, but “Awake O’Sleeper” is a modest album that showcases every aspect of the band. I sincerely hope to hear more from the act in 2007, and while this album covers pretty much every approach that I could assign them, I am confident that they will be able to come up with something completely different and put that in enough quantity to keep individuals interested with the band’s output. Top Tracks: Deep and Wide, Come To The Mountain Rating: 6.3/10
The Orange R (Roseburg High School Student Newpaper)
Destroy Nate Allen: or else
With great emotion and powerful lyrics, Destroy Nate Allen, formerly known as Nate Allen, is spreading the wonders of folk/indie music across the nation. What better way to do this then for him to share his new cd, “Awake O’ Sleeper” for absolutely free! That’s right! It is free, no cost at all. How amazing is that?
Released back in October of 2006, “Awake O’ Sleeper” will leave you wanting more. From track 1-10, Destroy Nate Allen has created something that everyone is sure to love. Nothing is so pure and soothing. “Come To The Mountain” is one of the best songs on the album. The lyrics show real feelings and the guitar melodies are sure to bring some relaxation into your mind. Never have I seen one individual put together something so great, that they are willing to give it away for free!
Where have musicians like Nate Allen, gone to? All the musicians these days are in it for fame and money. Not Allen though. He is in it to share something he and everyone else can cherish for many years to come.
If I were to have to rate this album out of ten stars, there is no doubt about it, I would give it an 8.5. I’ve never picked up an album and could play it over and over again, and not get tired of it. It is a hard thing to come across in present day, but hopefully in the future, more and more musicians will take time out of their own lives to stop caring about money and fame, and take some time to get to know their fans, to give back to their fans. Destroy Nate Allen’s latest album “Awake O’ Sleeper” was by far the best album of 2006. – Michael Heichel
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If I had heard it back when I was the captain of the slacker-ass English majors, Destroy Nate Allen’s song “Holiday” would have been the perfect jam to write an extra-credit poetry explication for (with the impassioned thesis that anything set to music is at least as good as anything my e.e. cummings book-ending four double-spaced pages of hyperbole, equivocation and cursing).
Peep this: “The holiday’s no holiday without you / truths not as distant as it seems / there’s a certain amount of living without wisdom / that comes when we erase our dreams.” Now belt it out in an upfront, idiosyncratic wail, set it to acoustic guitar, and you’ve coalesced an essential coming-of-age moment. It’s an “I discovered Buddhism while on ketamine at an Innocent Criminals concert” type-moment, but it’s a beautiful one none the less. That’s not to say he sounds like Ben Harper. No sir.
His pluck-think-croon compositions will grate heavily at Empyrean on Friday with the Van Halen-inflected emo of Therefore I Am.
Destroy Nate Allen is a one-man folk/indie band from San Francisco who just released a 10 song full length on Quiver Society Records, based out of Portland, Oregon. Singer and songwriter Nate Allen’s music reminds me of artists such as Fingers.Cut.Machine, as well as a little bit of Limbeck. Lyrically the songs on Awake O’ Sleeper are very uplifting, and the lyrics all seem pretty personal. The artwork and C.D. layout is very appealing, and he actually encourages the reader to burn and distribute the cd to friends who might be interested. All of the songs are quite simple, just featuring Nate on acoustic guitar, accompanied by tamborine and even keeping a beat on his guitar case in some songs. My favorite songs on this album are “Ambulance,” “Come To The Mountain” and “Anchors Away”. Nate Allen does a really good job with his brand of acoustic folk songs and already has played many shows and has a national tour in the works right now. – Randy Staat
Emotional Punk: Optimism seems to be a lost art, something that has been thrown in the gutter in favor of the dark and the depressing. No longer do we hear the cheerful chants proclaiming that tomorrow brings a new beginning. However, folk-punk pioneer Nate Allen and his acoustic guitar have something to say about that. On Allen’s new record, “Awake O’Sleeper,” he embraces indie-rock and folk-punk in a cheerful, up beat manner. Allen isn’t content with wallowing in self-pity, believing always that help is just around the corner, that with the right support one can raise themselves from the ground and make it through.
While Allen’s optimism is refreshing, it doesn’t seem properly balanced on the album. There are hardly enough songs that set up an environment where optimism is necessary. The world that Allen chronicles seems entirely too at peace, with little conflict, to make hearing about it very exciting. But the manner in which he presents it makes up for these problems. He tends to rely on the fast, chaotic chord-progression of punk rock, sounding like The Ramones with an acoustic guitar. His voice also resembles that of someone more comfortable spitting out words at a rapid pace rather than letting the syllables slowly roll off of his tongue. And on the songs that increase the tempo his voice fits right in, but on the slower songs the shortcomings are made evident.
The strongest song on the album is easily “Holiday.” It showcases Allen’s interesting blend of folk, indie, and punk while retaining the biblical and religious references that are sprinkled throughout the album. But most of all it makes you feel good. It’s a snappy, catchy, good-natured song about looking toward the future, trying to let go of the past. Lyrically, it’s the strongest as well. Allen spins lines like, “if you’re looking for some answers/yes, I’ll probably disappoint/ and if you think you found salvation/ you probably missed the point” that feel clever and intuitive upon an immediate listen.
The album feels rough, and it adds a nice feel of the underground like you’re really listening to something that is being shaped and perfected, not intended as of yet to be a final sound, but rather an early build of something that Allen is working to perfect. “Awake O’Sleeper” isn’t a selfish album that Allen is trying to seduce people into buying, but rather a gift to the people that have supported and listened to his music in the past, announcing that despite the current shortcomings, it is, in fact, a work in progress.
The Black And White Mag: The most simple way to describe this record is to call it acoustic folk-rock played in the spirit of punk. For all practical purposes, Awake O’Sleeper is a punk album stripped way down. Nate Allen is the sole musician, save for a great background female vocal on “Don’t Walk Away”, and his songwriting is at times riveting (“Ambulance”), redemptive (“Last Call”), and paranoid (“Despite It All”). The 10 songs on this record all seem to resonate with passion and firm belief, and Allen sings and plays like a man near death, wanting to make every second count. The use of basic instrumentation keeps things clean and immediate, leaving you to wonder what direction things might go if Allen got all electric on us. But not to worry, because the organic arrangements are perfect backdrops for Allen’s spiritual musings. His ferocious approach to these songs avoids snotty snarls and finger pointing, instead opting to point his finger at himself…and perhaps that is why Awake O’Sleeper rings so true. For those interested in indie cred, Kramer (Danielson Famile) handled the album’s mastering. And as a jester of community, in the liner notes of the album, Allen instructs you to “burn & distribute as you see fit.” Now, how much more cool can a guy get?
HM Magazine: Throw a writer in front of a microphone and a crowd with nothing but an acoustic guitar to hide behind and they may as well be naked. Their words are the only thing they’ve got. You’re gonna get the truth and – much of the time – nothing but the truth. Nate, who pens some great articles (Danielson, 119) and reviews in HM, sings with a simple bluntness and innocence that screams as loud as punk. Aptly titled, Destroy Nate Allen takes songs that could work in a full band context and deconstructs them. Like Guthrie, it ain’t pretty, but it is compelling. – The Kern County Kid.
Wise Men Promotions: For two years, Nate Allen has been traveling the west coast in anyway imaginable (buses, trains and hitch-hiking are just the start!) to deliver his brutally honest form of folk rock to anyone who would listen, all while holding down his day job bagging groceries. In between (and sometimes on) tours Nate has produced a growingly impressive and prolific discography. This year alone he is slated to release five records, the latest of which, his debut full length – Awake O’ Sleeper, is the cause for celebration!
First I need to make mention that this album is self-recorded by Nate in San Francisco. Yes, that means Nate did the vocals, acoustic and 12 string guitar, bass, keyboards, brushes, guitar case and tambourines. oh, I may have forgot to mention, he wrote all the tracks as well. When I got this album I honestly, ‘What in the world is this?’ Now I am a fan of Destroy Nate Allen and I am still thinking, ‘What is this?’ Maybe it is easier to tell you what DNA is not. It is not what the corporate music world wants. It is not done for money or popularity. It is not scene. DNA is everything music should be today, art.
The album is an amazing blend of folk punk, gospel and indie rock. It is a low budget recording with solid mastering but it has a real feel. There is nothing over-produced because this guy is real. As soon as you here the punk feel to the first track, “Holiday,” you will be a fan also. It is an absolute incredible mix of music from wanting to dance around with punk tracks like “Anchors Away” to hippie love and peace songs like “Despite It All” will make you hold hands and sing together. Here is another catch, the album is FREE. Let me encourage you though to not do that. Donate this guy some cash. Send him $10 or so and let him know you heard about it from Wise Men Promotions. No, I don’t get a kickback, but I want him to know what he is doing is worthwhile. The vocals and lyrics are as raw as the music itself. The songs are spiritual and uplifting. I wanted to break out and join hands and pull out a hippie shirt. This is straight up hippie man from the 70’s. It is about peace, love and happiness with a focus on Jesus.
One of the most pure albums I have heard in a long time. Destroy Nate Allen is a true art form and it would be wise for the industry to take note!
Indie Vision Music: Upon seeing the name Nate Allen, I assumed this project would be one man with his acoustic guitar, which has been done a million times over, but I was still somewhat excited to see what Nate had to offer. As I opened the CD, I saw a picture of a guy in his twenties with a thick beard and thick black-rimmed glasses, sitting down at a piano. This picture made me much more excited to see where this thing was headed.
Then I hit play. The first song, “Holiday,” was alright musically: upbeat acoustic guitar with a bass behind it and Nate’s voice leading with a bit of an echo, possibly unintentionally. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy the vocals on this track, and they turned my excitement into worry for the rest of the album. Thankfully, a slower track, “Ambulance,” came next to show me that Nate Allen’s voice sounds best when he sings softly. Following was “Deep and Wide,” which is even slower and sounds even better. “Don’t Walk Away” is another slow acoustic track with a girl singing in the background during the chorus, making it my favorite song on Awake O’ Sleeper. Throughout these songs, additional instruments vary from tambourines and brushes to bass or keyboard. “Anchors Away” is a reminder of the vocal styling used on the opening track, before everything comes back down with “Last Call,” a more pleasant-sounding, soft, slow song which deals with doubt and fear.
Nate Allen can write some quality guitar parts and makes great use of the tambourine throughout the eleven songs that make up Awake O’ Sleeper. One can tell he put a lot of effort into this release and must respect his giving it away for free or donation through his website. The lyrics on this album are enjoyable and are all straightforward and to the point, borrowing themes directly from scripture and daily life. The problem comes with his singing. I honestly do enjoy a lot of the slower songs, but when he tries to sing a louder more upbeat song, he doesn’t have as much control over his voice and it comes out somewhat harsh. If he continues to write more songs like “Don’t Walk Away” and “Last Call,” Destroy Nate Allen could turn into a quality project. – Eric Pettersson
Allalom Music: It is easy to write about bands you hate, to complain and point out all the flaws – and to spread the general distaste to others. It is far harder to write about bands or musicians, you enjoy and really like listening to. Why? Because you really want to convey the love and passion that fills your heart or soul when you are listening to the latest tune. Destroy Nate Allen is one of those ‘bands’ (and I will use the term lightly, as it is the main creative outlet of singer/songwriter Nate Allen) that defy both common classification and originality.
Growing up on punk rock you would not expect many people to start singing something more in line with the modern folk movement, but Nate Allen himself has admitted to rarely listening to music anymore, and that while his music is influenced by his past, he really just sings from the heart.
The album opens with “Holiday” – a joyous call and return to arms in the most self-deprecating while uplifting tune you have probably heard in a long time. A call to come together and fulfill destiny, and to “dance until we disappear” all the while not forgetting why we are called forward in the first place.
“Deep And Wide” is a classic tune rewritten and worked into a drinking song, about communion with friends and family, and fellowship for all who are thirsty. Every song on this album is about coming together, family, friends, and faith, about unity and struggles and the future reward.
The album closes with the fitting “Last Call”, a threadbare song about faith and salvation, perfectly summing up what Nate has been trying to say throughout the entire album.
Nate Allen is not one to shy away from his faith and foundation in the world, and throughout the album, he is very explicit in who and what he believes in – and that kind of honest passion is what makes the music so endearing. With the rise of CD prices and the decline of quality, and more and more ‘punk rock’ labels giving into corporate standards, you might be surprised to know that Nate also actively encourages people to burn and distribute his music, in fact “Awake O’ Sleeper” is free to anyone and all he asks in return is that you listen to it, and enjoy.
This album is not a classic, but if you have a heart to listen you will be impressed by the open and honest passion that is carried throughout. From the opening track through the “Last Call”, I would challenge you to find more broken honesty and faith – this is a mighty album.
Free Times: Columbia’s (S.C) Free Alternative Weekly: Destroy Nate Allen? Why would I want to do that? His earnest, idiosyncratic wail is charming, his guitar playing simple and unfettered by flashy trickeration and reminiscent of a somnambulant Violent Femmes, and his simple DIY folk-punk approach is admirable for eschewing politics (a la This Bike is a Pipe Bomb) for literate diatribes on the trials and tribulations of regular life. Why, if you destroy Nate Allen, you’d only be destroying yourself! P. Wall
Arkansas Times: Check out brooding, life-worn folk-punk one-man-band Destroy Nate Allen.
Razorcake: Nate Allen is a grocery bagger in San Francisco that tours by Greyhound buses and hitchhiking, to name a few modes of transportation. Although this is acoustic and vocals only, the lyrics seem pretty relevant and reflect disgust with the American economic system. This would go pretty well with reading a Crimethinc. book like Days of War, Nights of Love. This guy does have DIY work ethics nailed down and released this CD for free. But beware, this is pretty mellow, so if you feel like rioting, this isn’t the music to put on the turntable. I think it beats the acoustic Jeff Ott, though. –Buttertooth (Quiver Society)
HM MAG BLOG: One of the guys that writes for HM is on tour right now and he played Austin last night. It was a cool set, where he told stories with his songs and it was very well received. It was cool that another artist on the bill (Kim something from a band called One Eyed Doll), who knew him back in Oregon (where they’re both from — he’s living in Portland and she now lives in Austin). A funny coincidence. Nate is touring across all 48 states for the first time and is letting his CDs go for free or for whatever anyone can afford. He’s really a talented guy with something to say. I recommend keeping up with him.
Pork Chops: Destroy Nate Allen es el nombre del proyecto musical de Nate Allen, un artista de Portland, Oregon. Nos brinda su creación folkosa, y a veces medio punk folk, con letras muy agradables y melodías nostálgicas, vale la pena darle una oportunidad a este proyecto.