Under the Influence
We are proud to announce the release of our latest CD project, 'UNDER THE INFLUENCE', the follow-up to our last project, the critically acclaimed 'TOTALITY.' We truly believe it is our best effort to date and our finest hour. We feel we succeeded in synergizing the following elements - our conceptual vision, our creative collaboration with each other and our band mates, the incorporation of our musical influences into the compositions and arrangements, our commitment to excellence in capturing the performances, a wide spectrum of broad, rich tonal palettes and a devotion to the creative process - into a cohesive whole, while always integrating a keen sense of melody, harmony and counterpoint into everything, irrespective of style. There is more dual harmony lead interplay and guitar solos than any of our previous releases to date. The title 'UNDER THE INFLUENCE' says it all: every track was inspired by either a specific influence or an eclectic combination of several at one time. That said, even with the wide range of influences, intense musical moves and myriad moods embodied in this release, we maintain the classic Ryan Brothers sound, delivery, direction and vibe on each and every track. Once again, we call on our musical brothers and dear friends, monster drummer and percussionist Johnny Mrozek and virtuoso bassist extraordinaire William Kopecky, to complete and amplify our musical vision. In addition, we also tap into the extreme talent of drummer Dan Van Schindel, who was the drummer in the original Ryan Brothers Band in the late '70s. Profound thanks are in order to Johnny, William and Dan. Without their incredible talents (both musical and collaborative) and artistic input, our music and signature sound would not be possible. We also must extend our sincere thanks to Chris Wisco at Belle City Sound for his mixing and mastering prowess. His critical insights and formidible technical skills were invaluable in creating this spectacular sounding album. A tip of the hat to Nyxian: Drift as well, who created the other-worldly psychedelic layout and design that adds an intense and powerful visual punch to this release. We also regret to announce with a very heavy heart the untimely passing of our long-time drummer, Johnny Mrozek. He was not only the greatest of musicians, but the dearest of friends, the deepest of musical brothers and a true kindred spirit. We were blessed to know him, privileged to play with him and proud to be 'under his influence.' 'UNDER THE INFLUENCE' is reverently dedicated to his memory and contains his finest performances to date. Johnny, you saved the best for last! 'UNDER THE INFLUENCE' - the latest and greatest mind-blowing tour-de-force guitar extravaganza from the reigning masters of dual harmony guitar: The Flyin' Ryan Brothers.