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Matthew Ryan "On Our Death Day"

The NEW SINGLE Is Now Available.

Details Below...

(The Cover Was Painted By Lamar Sorrento)

 
The "On Our Death Day" 7 inch Vinyl Single & Digital Maxi-Single is now available!
 
Available via Mail-Order on beautiful 7 inch Vinyl with its cover painted by Lamar Sorrento and 
Digital Download via my Bandcamp Page on Monday Morning, May 13th, 2019.
 
 
 
 
The Digital Maxi-Single Version contains a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Steer Your Way" that features Olly Knights of Turin Brakes on backing vocals.
 
 


(Please note that all other Streaming & Download Sites will release on Wednesday, May 15th.)
 
 
Click How You'd Like To Purchase (Mail-Order Vinyl or Digitally) Via The Cover Art Below!
 
 
CLICK THIS IMAGE FOR MAIL-ORDER DELIVERY OF THE NEW "ON OUR DEATH DAY" SINGLE ON 7 inch Vinyl! Arrives within 5 business days! $10 plus $2.99 for Shipping & Handling

CLICK THIS IMAGE FOR MAIL-ORDER DELIVERY OF THE NEW "ON OUR DEATH DAY" SINGLE ON 7 inch Vinyl! Arrives within 5 business days! $10 plus $2.99 for Shipping & Handling

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR DIGITAL VERSION OF THE "ON OUR DEATH DAY" MAXI-SINGLE VIA MY BANDCAMP PAGE.

(Goes live Monday Morning, May 13th, 2019)

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR DIGITAL VERSION OF THE "ON OUR DEATH DAY" MAXI-SINGLE VIA MY BANDCAMP PAGE.

(Goes live Monday Morning, May 13th, 2019)

Latest News...

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.