Song Snacks Vol. 1

by Ryan Allen

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    "Song Snacks Vol.1" is a collection of 20 2-minute and under songs, written in a flurry by Ryan Allen while living life on lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic. Only 100 copies available. Assembled by Ryan and sent to you with love. Note: Vinyl is in production and will ship later this year.

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Luke Warm 01:43
Leg Tattoo 01:18
Gem City 02:10
Metal Youth 01:23
You're Lunch 01:18


Two mics. A handful of guitars. An amp…and some recording software to learn how to use on the fly. Add in a global pandemic, instructions to stay at home, and a burst of manic creativity and something is bound to happen. In my world, that something is my new 20-track hodgepodge of a solo album called “Song Snacks Vol. 1”.

I’m always working on songs. Some of them make it to records. Others get demoed but never fully developed. Others just exist and then seem to disappear as quickly as they arrived. But with no end to the pandemic in sight and an avalanche of songs that seemed to fall out of the sky, I decided to try and capture lightening in a bottle. And since I couldn’t see anybody, the record became an almost completely DIY project, featuring me as writer, performer (I played all the instruments), engineer and mixer (shout out to Andy Reed from Reed Recording Co. for the mastering assist).

“Song Snacks Vol. 1” attempts to follow in the tradition of classics like GBV’s “Alien Lanes”, The Wrens’ “The Meadowlands” and Olivia Tremor Control’s “Black Foliage”, turning out to be a genre hopping, home-recorded, fragmented journey that attempts to capture the excitement and magic that surrounds laying every idea you have to tape. I played it for my dad and he called it my “White Album.” It’s not that good, but I’ll take it.

You’ll notice that the songs are short (nothing over 2 1/2 minutes - no bridge? No problem!). But that doesn’t mean they are throw aways at all. Most were hatched from song titles I’ve been jotting down over the years, and instead of focusing on the hyper-personal content that I’ve been putting out with Extra Arms as of late, these tunes take more of a story telling and surrealist turn. In other words, the subject matter is a little weird - there’s songs about psychics, wizards, hoarders, and a fake band made up of my dad and his college roommates. So yeah, some weird stuff.

Indeed, these are truly bizarre times. But music has saved me from dire straits before, and working on this project gave me life while it seemed that everything was falling apart around us all. I hope these “song snacks” satisfy you in the same way they did for me.


released August 7, 2020

All songs written by Ryan Allen © Can't Stop Writing Songs
Recorded and mixed by Ryan Allen at home in Elgin House Studios
Mastered by Andy Reed at Reed Recording Co.
Collage art by Scott Allen
Layout by Jodi Lynn Burton


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Extra Arms Detroit, Michigan

Extra Arms is a loud pop band from Detroit, MI. Formerly known as Ryan Allen & His Extra Arms, the band has transformed from a solo project to a full fledged rock outfit known for writing crunchy rock songs in the vein of Superchunk, Sugar and Teenage Fanclub. ... more

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