Marriage. Parenthood. Relationships. Family. All parts of day-to-day life, all things easily failed. The hosts of Why Did We Ever Meet, Ashley & Wes Allen, know these things and are willing to share their failures with you.
Why Did We Ever Meet gives you a candid look into "The Allen Club", a family you may already be familiar with due to their involvement in independent film, podcasts, etc. Join them each week (with plenty of interruptions by kids & pets) to find out what blew up in the Allen House & laugh along with them...and at their expense!
October 20th, 2021 | 1 hr 8 mins
episode 91, family, ryan shelkett, why did we ever meet
We're very excited to be sharing this episode with everyone. Cross My Heart's emergence in late 90's post-hardcore/emo scene was a part of wave of incredible bands that would shape punk, indie, and hardcore over the next 2 decades. As a part of the powerhouse Deep Elm Records roster, Cross My Heart would carve a path that made them beloved to fans the world over.
October 13th, 2021 | 1 hr 19 mins
episode 90, family, why did we ever meet
Mom & Dad go deep into the frustrations of raising a teenager and trying not to screw up. We also talk horror movies, Danielson vs. Suzuki, mental health check-ins, overreacting to seasonal allergies, and a buncha other shit. Enjoy!
October 6th, 2021 | 1 hr 1 min
episode 89, family, why did we ever meet
Mom & Dad are back. Horror movies! Homecoming dances! Free Britney! Mental health checks! It's all here!
September 29th, 2021 | 1 hr 47 mins
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Jeromes Dream return serves as a reminder of how much impact that band had on post-hardcore as it stretched the boundaries & perceptions of punk fans. We speak with Jeff Smith about his band's influence/legacy within punk & hardcore and where such intense music is birthed from.
September 22nd, 2021 | 1 hr 15 mins
episode 87, family, joshua king, narcissus, why did we ever meet
A stroll down memory lane this week. Josh & Wes go waaaaay back, having been friends and played shows together since 1999. Josh is a member of beloved and newly reformed metalcore stalwarts Narcissus. Narcissus is headed to Alabama this weekend for a reunion show of monolithic proportions at Furnace Fest.
September 15th, 2021 | 1 hr 13 mins
episode 86, family, mean jesus, why did we ever meet
This week's guests are John & Keith of the Virginia-based band Mean Jesus. Boasting former members of Converge & Bad Korea, Mean Jesus was born out of the pandemic bringing heartfelt punk rock & melodic hardcore that feels familiar yet fresh. Their new seven-inch will be available for preorder from GGT Records on September 24th.
September 8th, 2021 | 1 hr 25 mins
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We spent the Labor Day weekend in Chicago watching pro wrestling with our friends... and this show is a tribute to & recap of that weekend. Now, before you turn your nose up, we ask that you please set your preconceived notions aside and join us on this journey. Pro wrestling is a unique, beautiful art form... and we want to tell you how & why it is so special to The Allen Club. We hope you enjoy it.
September 1st, 2021 | 55 mins 9 secs
episode 84, family, why did we ever meet
First day back to school, first day of work AT school for Ashley...so, you guys get the full scoop. Cash gives a full report. Oh, and we talk about Olde Wrestling's Extravaganza! as well as All Out predictions. The calm before a weekend wrestling storm.
August 25th, 2021 | 1 hr 9 mins
episode 83, family, why did we ever meet
Uh Oh! The Fam is back and we've got a lot to catch up on! We talk about all the exciting and not-so-exciting wrestling that took place last weekend. We also talk movies, specifically Pig & The Green Knight, and Conspiracy Corner is BACK
August 18th, 2021 | 1 hr 21 mins
episode 82, family, why did we ever meet
HUZZAH! This week's guest is Justin Nottke OR as independent wrestling fans know him-Marion Fontaine. In addition to being a professional wrestler, Justin's the founder of the greatest show on earth...Olde Wrestling!
August 11th, 2021 | 51 mins 22 secs
episode 81, family, why did we ever meet
This week's guest has the rare distinction of being a 2nd generation artist who's ALSO the daughter of a former guest. At the young age of 17, Melody Caudill's songwriting ability exceeds a level most musicians only hope to achieve and in hearing her talk, it will come as no surprise. Her approach to her music & self-awareness shows through in conversation as well.
August 4th, 2021 | 1 hr 28 mins
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80 episodes! Wow! Important milestone requires an important guest and we have one. Brian McTernan joins us this week. As a musician and producer, Brian has influenced & shaped the punk & hardcore scene. After fronting legendary hardcore band Battery, his career then shifted into production.
July 28th, 2021 | 1 hr 42 mins
episode 79, family, why did we ever meet
This falls under the "long time coming" category and it was worth the wait. Arty Shepherd is a name you've heard a million times on WDWEM and with good reason. His bands and songwriting have been a staple in post-hardcore, punk rock, alt rock, and hardcore.
July 21st, 2021 | 1 hr 41 mins
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What is it like to have made possibly the best album ever? Well, we ask our modest & wonderful guest about this because as a member of Farside, that distinction was thrust upon them & their incredible album "Rigged", whose influence is still being felt today.
July 14th, 2021 | 1 hr 22 mins
episode 77, family, why did we ever meet
The Family is back on the mic, so you know what that means-lots of yelling at each other and shit talking! Oh, we also discuss the new Black Widow movie, play a round of "We Fuckin?", and Cash closes the show...with a song! YAY
July 7th, 2021 | 1 hr 27 mins
episode 76, family, why did we ever meet
Coming back from a holiday weekend & we're slinging HEAT! Josh English is our guest this week. His band, Six Going On Seven, is a standout band of the late 90's-early 00's scene. With a sound that leaned more on the influence of power pop & strong "power trio" melodies, they distinguished themselves from many of their peers with timeless songs.