Ryan on the release of “Riot”

Upon the eve of the release of the band’s new record, Consume, I couldn’t be more excited and in alignment with the art that we’ve created with Duane in Kentucky. Every flourish, instrument, and moment in the mixes were consciously chosen, and we worked hard to blend authenticity with accessibility. Some may be compelled to call this collection “too mainstream or commercial,” but I’d like to speak to specifically to that.  

We carry deep passion for the reasons we create music, both collectively and individually; and we deliberately chose a musical aesthetic that would act as a vehicle to spread the message to as many people as possible. The genre blend that we were able to conjure flows from American roots music, rhythm and blues, and modern pop/rock sensibilities. Personally, I’d like to acknowledge the musical inspiration of Chris Whitley, Led Zeppelin, Duane Allman, Clapton, Xavier Rudd, John Butler, Daniel Lanois, the Band, Rich Robinson and Keith Richards, and most importantly, their influences— traditional blues roots such as Mississippi Fred McDowell, Taj Mahal, and Bukka White; North American tribal music and Appalachian folk. I acknowledge the legacy of the “rock music” tradition and hope to serve it authentically and in some new way with this record.  

 

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