A small yellow organ had given birth to Steve Allen's first composition. He was nine. The tune was an instrumental, as I guess at nine, there really isn't much to say. Not having much an affinity to keyboards, Steve decided to take out his creative frustrations on a kit of drums .... uh, well, sort of a kit of drums. It was actually a Sears snare drum and a brass kettle, which he used as a hi-hat. Over the next several years, with a proper set of percussion, he would bash away with various bands and found himself at Fanshawe College in the Music Industry Arts program, studying production. There he would play on various studio sessions, but would spend most of his free time practicing guitar so he would have a proper avenue for getting songs out of his head. This lead to the formation of Hank Sinatra, a band he would front, backed by other college colleagues. They let him sing, 'cause he wrote the songs. How generous and brave of them. Allen was penning quirky tunes, not subtly influenced by Elvis Costello, Crowded House and of course The Beatles. Lineups would change as well as band names over the next ten years, playing around Niagara and even such wonderful institutions as The Elmo Combo, Lee's Palace and The Hard Rock Café. Inevitably, as they do, the band broke up, leaving Steve to produce material with his one sole, long time collaborator, Paul Rozon. Paul was the engineer, bass player and lead guitarist who's soundscapes would bring to life Allen's compositions of simple pop songs and folky alternative moods. The duo known as The Rat Bastards delivered a couple of albums to their eager fans, consisting mainly of friends and family. Currently, Allen is going solo and is writing, recording and sharing his music with anyone who will listen, mainly through the means of social media. People gotta have a musical backdrop to Farmville.