Michigan’s Destroy This Place, which is comprised of dual singing guitarists Ryan Allen (formerly of Thunderbirds Are Now!), John Nelson (of indie-pop faves New Grenada), bassist Monday Busque, and drummer Sean Sommer (who pounded the skins in Friendly Foes), channel equal parts of your 7? collection from the ‘90s. Then they mix them with elements of early thrash, ‘70s power-pop, effects-pedal hopping UK shoegaze, and SST-affiliated punk. The result is an amalgamous blend of volume, hooks, and intensity.
For their 2013 album, simply, fittingly, titled Destroy This Place, the band sought to refine their assets, while adding even more heaviness to their already pulverizing jams. Captured expertly by Mike Bridavsky (BLK JKS, Rogue Wave, Good Luck, Murder By Death, Magnolia Electric Co., etc) at Russian Recordings in Bloomington, IN, and mastered in Chicago by Bob Weston, Destroy This Place leave little doubt that they can deliver muscular, pop anthems that deserve to be cranked.
Additionally, singer/guitarist Ryan Allen is currently putting the finishing touches on a solo-album, delivered under the Ryan Allen And His Extra Arms moniker, for release in 2015.
Ghettoblaster recently caught up with Allen to discuss his favorite pulverizing jams of the current year. This is what he was devouring.
Ex Hex, Rips
War on Drugs, Lost in a Dream
Split Single, Fragmented World
Lees of Memory, Sisyphus Says
Greys, If Anything
Fucked Up, Glass Boys
Cymbals Eat Guitars, LOSE
Nude Beach, 77
Bob Mould, Beauty and Ruin
Tilts, Cuatro Hombres
Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways
Cloud Nothings, Here and Nowhere Else
Braid, No Coast
The Both, S/T
Protomartyr, Under Color of Official Right
Ryan Adams, 1984
Weezer, Everything Will Be Alright in the End
Speedy Ortiz, Real Hair
Ringo Deathstarr, God’s Dream
Beach Slang, Cheap Thrills on a Dead End Street
Beach Slang, Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken?
(Visit Allen here: http://extraarms.bandcamp.com/.)