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An early single to be released on Wednesday, February 26th to raise money for a friend... 















A weekend ago I visited my friend John Anderson and his wife Amanda at their home just outside of DC. I've known John for about 15 years. He's one of those guys you just love to have in your life. Always grinning. A lover of great music, smart and generous. Talented and committed. Warm and inspiring. 

3 years ago John was diagnosed with ALS. A ruthless and particularly cruel disease.

You can read about ALS here: http://www.alsa.org/about-als/what-is-als.html

John is now entering the last stage(s) of his fight with ALS. I imply stages because I wouldn't count John out yet, he's a fighter. But like I said, ALS is ruthless and now the realities in addition to the disease are bearing down on John and Amanda. When visiting them a weekend ago I was shook by the toll the disease is taking on both of them. Not only via the obvious sad and hard health changes a diagnosis like this brings, but also via the emotional stress and real-world complications (and obstacles) of the financial weight of this disease. I've always believed that music is a humanitarian cause that is at its best when it's leaning for something greater than its own skin, when it connects people in a communal hymn of having each other's backs or simply not being alone on those hard roads that life announces at times.

What John is going through is sad, but it's just as hard and sad for Amanda. And it's for both of them that I felt compelled to at least try and do something. Let me be clear, these are strong and warm people in a tough battle. If I could afford to absolve their financial struggles myself I would do it in a heartbeat, but I can't so that's why I'm leaning towards a more communal approach. It was my idea to do this, I was grateful when they accepted the gesture. The song we chose is not a sublime lament, but a noisy and pounding rallying to the better parts of our nature and perseverence with gang vocals, poetry and some giant propulsive electric guitars. John being a true believer in the ability of Rock N Roll to throw fists in the air and inspire hope against odds wouldn't have it any other way. 

The song we're releasing is called An Anthem for The Broken. The single will be made available for streaming and purchase on Wednesday, February 26th. We will set the price at a minimum of $1 (with the option to pay more). Every dollar minus the small distribution fees that Bandcamp automatically extracts will go directly to John and Amanda to help lighten their load. I'm hopeful you'll contribute more if you can.

Thanks for reading and please stay tuned, more info and the purchase/streaming link will be posted in the coming days. 

Matthew Ryan

In the meantime... 

We'll be releasing more details and a release date for my new record soon. In the meantime I've been doing some covers in the studio to keep myself occupied.

Here's a cover I did of The National's I Need My Girl. Give it a listen, and might I suggest this sounds particularly good on headphones. This was me experimenting alone in my project studio, but Kevin Salem helped by sussing out some frequency issues in the mix. My upcoming record is a pure Rock n Roll record produced by Kevin, it's noisy and big with feedback and a band in the room rumble so don't view this National cover as a preview of what to expect of what's around the corner sonically. I might post a couple more covers in the coming weeks. We'll see. Above all though I can't wait for you to hear the new record. You should start stretching because it really is a movie with fists in the air through-out. I don't want anyone ending up with tennis elbow. I love this record, I suspect a lot of you will too.


 

There will be noise... 

We finished mixing the new record yesterday and signed-off on the sequence this morning. I can hardly contain my feelings about this record and the guys that helped make it. Today we send it off to my great friend (and excellent engineer) Hans DeKline for mastering. This album is the sound, cinema, poetry and feel that I've been missing as a music lover. Been looking for a record like this for quite some time, there's a lot of great stuff out there but haven't really found "this." So glad we managed to capture a collection so simultaneously raw and elegant, intimate, honest, violent, beautiful, cool and loud. I can't wait for you to hear it. There is no release date yet since we'll be spending the earliest part of 2014 trying to find and follow the surest path for this music to reach you. As you can see in the pic below I'm a little beat up but I'm recovering and excited about what tomorrow holds... I'll keep you posted as things develop.



Working on a new album... 

I hope you love guitars.

The band on the new album is Brian Bequette (Bass), Brian Fallon (Guitar), Joe Magistro (Drums), Kevin Salem (Production, Guitars and batting clean-up), and of course yours truly.

The album will be released next year, but not until I feel it has more than a snowball's chance in hell. It's too good. Stay tuned, I'll keep you posted.

Best,
Matthew Ryan



 

I've been taking pictures... 

Some of you may know that I've been taking pictures for quite some time now. I certainly don't consider myself a photographer, but I do love experimenting with the mood and cinema of visuals. I opened a gallery online that you can browse if you're interested. Prints are available for purchase there and the reviews from those that have already bought some are that they look great!

Go here to browse: www.twenty20.com/matthewryan101

Or just click on the picture just below:

Tour Dates with Paul Weller Announced!! 

This was an offer I couldn't refuse. It's a little late notice, but I hope some of you can make it out! Honored to take a vacation from my current vacation to travel with the monumental Paul Weller...



A new video for The Broken Side of Time... 

Just scroll to the bottom of this page to see the new video for The Broken Side of Time. Or you can go here: http://youtu.be/1K2PDjLjFik 

The song was written specifically for the film Broken Side of Time which is in festivals now. The film was written and directed by my good friend Gorman Bechard (other projects include You Are Alone, Color Me Obsessed, and Every, Everything among others). Both the film and the song take a hard and sometimes beautiful look at the struggle to break addiction.

To learn more about the film go here: http://www.whatwerewethinkingfilms.com/

And of course the song can be found for purchase on In The Dusk of Everything, my latest release. Just go to MY STORE if you haven't gotten it yet.

The future is here again... 

Things have been busy up here in the gratefully cooler weathered north, so far I've written 13 new songs. Last week I visited Kevin Salem in Woodstock, NY to do some woodshedding on a new record. At first it was an exploratory mission, but it quickly became obvious Kevin is the guy to produce my next record. Kevin released one of my favorite albums of the 90s called Soma City, you should get your hands on that. So Kevin, Joe Magistro (The Black Crowes) and I did some playing and recording. All I can say is it felt like the perfect fist of words, melody, distortion, hope, beauty and meaningful violence. And that's the goal, my goal is to make the best or worst collection of my career so far, either way there will be no inbetween. Stay tuned, this is gonna take a minute. The future is here again...