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Destroy Everything is a punk band from the Chicago area.Their sound is derived from Midwest hardcore of the early 1980s overlayed with anthemic melodies of the late 1970s London punk scene and mixed in with a bit of Southern California skate-punk (in other words: catchy songs with a sort of turbo-charged swagger).

The founding members of Destroy Everything — Cheddar Nines (vocals), Señor Citizen (guitar), and Stiff Mittens (bass) — had all been playing with each other in various bands around Chicago (Happy Toons, Dead Fink, Insane War Tomatoes, Cigarettes, etc. ) since the early 80s when, in the mid-90s, they began to write songs together on a casual basis. By the late-90s their sporadic writing sessions had evolved into a dedicated full-time project and they set out to record their first album together with the drumming assistance of long time friend and fellow Insane War Tomatoes alumni: Shrub.

Drawing on their extensive collective experiences in the punk/DIY music scene, DE started releasing records on their own. They did all the recording and mixing at Nines’ house on his small, but growing collection of audio gear. The band members all contributed to the packaging and artwork, and in some cases even printed and assembled the packaging themselves. If they could have figured out a way to efficiently replicate all the CDs on their own, they’d have done that too (don’t think they didn’t try). They bartered, begged and cajoled their way into fairly wide distribution with a number of indie distros and began booking tours for themselves to support their releases.

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  • BitchDestroyer


    2 Feb 2011 Reply
  • thedarkempress

    HOF, not represented well in a lot of the pics (much thinner now) is my husband and best friend!! Although I primarily listen to industrial, goth and the like, I LOVE THEIR MUSIC!!! and it is not just cause i'm married to HOF. Cheddar Nines voice is awesome, and all the other band-mates, are great as well! Stiff Mittens is a genious in the writing department!!! LOVE THEM!!

    20 Oct 2010 Reply