THE ROYAL BASEMENT PODCAST #14: RYAN ALLEN (Thunderbirds Are Now!, Destroy This Place, Ryan Allen & His Extra Arms)
Part of why I've started doing this podcast is to pick the brains of folks who I find inspiring, both in their creative energy and the quality of their output. (It doesn't hurt if I'm friends with those folks prior to our conversation, either.) Ryan Allen exemplifies so much of the spirit of why I started The Royal Basement that it just made sense to have a chat with him. Ryan is an ambitious man and a musical lifer; a lot of folks tend to slow down or quit making music completely when kids are brought into the equation, and I've always admired Ryan's ability to shift gears into dad mode while still making great records. In 2015, he released a solo album of heartfelt power pop/folk-tinged songs (as Ryan Allen & His Extra Arms) and a brutally jagged indie/punk record with Destroy This Place. Through the wonders of technology, Ryan was magically transported from his home in Detroit to our beautiful basement in Seattle for a really wonderful chat.