LA based Psych-Rock-meets-Jazz Power Trio
- Dylan Ryan / Sand -
To Tour the USA, November 3rd-13th
In Support of their New Album on Cuneiform Records, Circa
[Dylan Ryan/Sand - l/r: Timothy Young, Dylan Ryan, Devin Hoff | photo: Alessandra Santucci]
Los Angeles, CA is home base for one of the most inventive and musically awesome guitar power trios on the current electric jazz and rock scenes: Dylan Ryan / Sand. Led by Dylan Ryan, a drummer/composer with feet firmly planted in both indie rock and jazz, the group features guitarist Timothy Young (David Sylvian, Reggie Watts, Wayne Horvitz) and Devin Hoff (Nels Cline Singers, Yoko Ono, Cibo Matto). Their new album Circa is a musically and emotionally evocative, guitar-drenched experience, born on the road and in moonlight, in caves on Libyan sea shores. The trio forge a wholly unique, emotionally-charged and stylistically omnivorous music that invokes elements of Rush, Fugazi, Fred Frith’s Massacre, James ‘Blood’ Ulmer, and more, and sonically ranges from fearlessly improvisational to tender; the abrasive to the understated.
Dylan Ryan / Sand's USA tour begins on 11/3 in Milwaukee, WI--full tour schedule below.
[Tour line-up: Dylan Ryan-drums, Chris Welcome-guitar, Willie Blair-bass]
November 3 - Sugar Maple - Milwaukee, WI
441 E. Lincoln Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53224
November 4 - Black Sparrow - Lafayette, IN
223 Main St
Lafayette, IN 47901
November 5 - Gabes - Iowa City, IA
330 E Washington St
Iowa City, IA 52240
November 6 - O'Leavers - Omaha, NE
1322 S Saddle Creek Rd
Omaha, NE 68106
November 7 - Cafe Berlin - Columbia, MO
220 N. 10th St
Columbia, MO 65201
November 8 - The Heavy Anchor - St. Louis, MO
5226 Gravois Ave
St. Louis, MO 63116
Street parking & free lot one block north of venue.
$5 for venue side admission, Free admisson on bar side.
November 9 - Dreamland - Louisville, KY
810 E Market St
Louisville, KY 40206
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
$10 Tickets [purchase] (pick-up in person only)
November 10 - The Comet - Cincinati, OH
4579 Hamilton Avenue Northside
Cincinnati, OH 45223
November 11 - The Thunderbird - Pittsburgh, PA
4023 Butler St
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Free Admission, Ages 21+
November 12 - Double Happiness - Columbus, OH
482 S Front St
Columbus, OH 43215
November 13 - The Burlington - Chicago, IL
3425 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
FOR TOUR UPDATES, SEE:
DYLAN RYAN / SAND
STREAM/SHARE the track "Trees, Voices, Saturn"
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Cat. #: Rune 397, Format: CD / DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
Genre: Jazz / Electric Jazz / Rock
|Circa Track Listing:
1. Trees, Voices, Saturn (Ryan) 4:33
2. Possession (Ryan) 4:36
3. Sledge Tread (Ryan) 2:04
4. Visionary Fantasy (Ryan) 4:38
5. Pink Noir (Ryan) 4:34
6. Mortgage On My Soul (Jarrett) 4:06
7. Slow Sculpture (Ryan/Hoff/Young) 3:17
8. Low Fell (Ryan) 5:08
9. Night Sea Journey (Ryan/Hoff/Young) 1:54
10. Raw Rattle (Ryan/Hoff/Young) 3:04
Dylan Ryan / Sand
Dylan Ryan - drums
Timothy Young - guitar
Devin Hoff - bass
Produced by Dylan Ryan.
Recorded and mixed by Mudrock at The Hobby Shop, L.A., January 2014.
Mastered by Peter Andreadis at All City Mastering, Chicago, IL.
Design and layout by Alessandra Santucci.
Los Angeles, CA is home base for one of the most inventive and musically awesome guitar power trios on the current electric jazz and rock scenes: Dylan Ryan / Sand. Led by Dylan Ryan, a drummer/composer with feet firmly planted in both indie rock and jazz, the group features guitarist Timothy Young (David Sylvian, Reggie Watts, Wayne Horvitz) and Devin Hoff (Nels Cline Singers, Yoko Ono, Cibo Matto). Together on Circa, their second release on Cuneiform Records, the trio forge a wholly unique, emotionally-charged and stylistically omnivorous music that invokes elements of Rush, Fugazi, Fred Frith’s Massacre, James ‘Blood’ Ulmer, and more, and sonically ranges from fearlessly improvisational to tender; the abrasive to the understated.
Indeed, this range of influences and openness to sonic possibilities is what initially drew Ryan to his bandmates. “I saw Tim Young play somewhat by chance in an old bar The Doors used to play in and I was so impressed that I wanted to be in a band with him immediately. He was doing a great combination of Meat Puppets meets The Dead and completely killing it. Then he sat in with our friends from Portland, The Blue Cranes, and did the most amazing ballad. …when I had the idea for the band I called him first.” Ryan completed Sand when he invited Hoff; he and Hoff had long held a mutual admiration for one another’s work. In 2013, Cuneiform Records released Dylan Ryan / Sand’s debut release, Sky Bleached, to wide critical acclaim.
After the release of Sky Bleached, Ryan knew that he needed to release the group’s sophomore record quickly. Ryan, who was accustomed to composing in what he calls “an old-fashioned, stereotypical, French-guy-chain-smoking-at-a-piano-with-some-staff-paper way”, challenged himself to instead assume the role of roving-composer-in-the-French-Foreign Legion, and wrote most of Circa’s material while on an extensive multi-continent tour with another Los Angeles band, Rainbow Arabia. The impetus behind the record, Ryan claims, was a week he spent during this tour living in a Cretan cave on the shores of the Libyan Sea, playing until sunrise with a group of Greek hippies absolutely obsessed with Deep Purple, endowed with refreshments and “the oddest of meters.”
On the road for six months across the Americas and Europe, Ryan wrote in vans, hotels, and various apartments, composing most of the material for Circa with Pro Tools, using an Akai Midi keyboard to sketch out riffs and progressions, and a guitar when available to elaborate on parts, visualizing how Young’s guitar prowess would actualize his ideas. Upon returning to Los Angeles, Ryan pieced together the music, booked a studio, and during two days in January, recorded ten songs with Hoff and Young. Regarding the new tunes, Ryan said that, “the most important thing…was the idea of playing on the strengths of [Sky Bleached]… I wanted to build on four main things; the harmonic openness or simplicity, the dramatic dynamic shifts, the ensemble passages, and especially group unison parts as on songs like “Visionary Fantasy”.”
Circa takes the most memorable elements of the debut record and expands upon them, honing the craft, and further distinguishing their sound. The sheer size of the band’s sound has increased immensely. Introspective pastoral moments of “Visionary Fantasy” are book-ended by sludge-trodden group passages and the shadows of Dark Americana in “Slow Sculpture”, which in turn are countered in “Possession” with highly imaginative Melvins-esque ensemble figures. Young’s blissful guitar phrases lend an almost vocal capacity to these songs as Ryan and Hoff offer a perfect vehicle for his exuberance.
Listening to Circa, one gets the exceedingly refreshing sense that Ryan, Hoff, and Young care very little if they arrive at a fixed sonic destination or settle into any one genre of sound. Stylistically and emotionally expansive, this is music designed to make you feel, and these three lads are more than happy to have you along on the journey toward whatever province they may land on. Armed with what a good many trend-worshiping philistines consider the antiquated tools of guitar, bass and drums, Sand make use of them well as they deliver an honest and modern take on the power trio paradigm. They rely on fearless musicality, and an eternal searching spirit rather than any current propensities of a misdirected, gear-laden and soulless super conscious.
Then again, maybe they just play what they like to hear.
Ryan elaborates, “I have no idea where Hendrix and those guys were really at on those recordings, but I conjure up certain images and scenarios when I listen to them, as I think we all do with records we like. Certain sounds affect the imagination in specific ways defined by the experience or history we each carry with us, and we ended up exploring this idea.”
CIRCA PURCHASE LINKS //
ITUNES - AMAZON - BANDCAMP - WAYSIDE MUSIC
ARTIST SITES //
sand.dylanryanmusic.com - www.dylanryanmusic.com
www.facebook.com/dylanryansand - www.cuneiformrecords.com
HIGH-RES PHOTOS //
photo credit: Alessandra Santucci