The New Arms are:
On Saturday July 22, I will be attending Roll For Rob at the Lynch Family Skatepark in Cambridge / Boston Massachusetts.
On Monday July 25, I will be at Old Skull Skateboards in Penfield, NY.
Additionally, I will be attending the Matthew Ryan / Jeff Caudill Show at Hollywood Gardens in Rochester, PA on July 26. I am only attending this show, I am NOT performing. Come hang out and take in some “Folkering” by the Great Matthew Ryan.
I bought this CD.
I ALWAYS buy the music that matters to me, even from my Friends.
I mean, if we aren’t going to Support our Friends, if we aren’t going to Support the Soul Poets, Artists and Entrepreneurs amongst us… Who the fuck are we going to support?
Hustle Up Starlings is a Battle Cry!
It’s a Record about Figuring It Out, about Growing.
It’s about Evoking Heroes. It’s about Being Heroes.
It’s about People who have passed through fire, flood and miles of bullshit, but they’re Not quitters. They Refuse to believe that their Lives are doomed to misery. They’re Digging In, they’re Committed!
The Battle Cry isn’t mere Survival, it is: Survival with Honor!
Matthew Ryan understands that suffering is not a value, only the Fight against it. And on Hustle Up Starlings, he Reflects, and he Fights… And his characters Reflect, and They Fight, and from their troubles, from their pain and their distress they Grow Brave, they Gain Strength and Courage. They are Us!
Hustle Up Starlings has been with me, a part of me, since its release. It has Spoken to me, it has Spoken for me: Intellectually, Emotionally and Spiritually, and it Always will. It’s one of those Records, the ones that live with you, Always. These are the Records, the Music, the Artists, The Poets, the Soul Entrepreneurs that we Have to Share with others, that we Have to Support, that we Have to Cherish. Artists who help to make us Believe in Ourselves.
Hustle Up Starlings is Available Here!
Heart and Guts.
That’s what it takes to live decently in this world.
To say yes to life, even with all of its sorrow and loss.
That’s what makes a hero.
These are the people that Matthew Ryan sings about on his new full-length album, Hustle Up Starlings, and that is what Matthew Ryan is himself, a hero.
On Battle Born, Ryan sings of one of his heroes, Joe Strummer: “He took it straight in the teeth / To find out what was underneath.” But he could be singing about himself, about his own experiences or of anyone who has sought something deeper, more meaningful in their work, in their lives.
In all of these new songs, the intimacy and immediacy of Ryan’s personal storytelling rings out. He’s telling his story, but in doing so, he’s telling your story, he’s telling my story, he’s telling OUR story. These seemingly quiet songs continue to gain volume and depth upon every listen. What starts out feeling like a hushed journey through someone’s diary, becomes a thunderous collection of anthems for this Moment and the road ahead.
Early on in his career, Matthew Ryan got a taste of what success in the music business might look like, and instead he chose a more courageous path, away from the market driven industry. Some may say he shot himself in the foot. But better he thought, to limp through life than race to the bottom. And in a world where the bottom is what we are all being force fed, it’s voices like Ryan’s that we need more than ever. Where most everything on the radio is tainted by a fundamental dishonesty, a shallow aspiration for fame and riches, it’s the Artists limping along that we need to embrace and cherish, because they are us.
“Until the wheels come off…”
The New Arms EP was recorded with Matthew Ryan between January 19 & 22 in Beaver, PA. I flew into Pittsburgh on inauguration day and so, that circus, no matter how much I wanted to avoid it, became the background of our work that weekend.
We worked in an upstairs bedroom, while downstairs the TV seethed with increasing global negativity. We worked on Rise Above first, then Ice Age.
By Sunday morning we had time to work on one more track. I had this song idea, “Staycation” that was about retiring from a bunch of foolishness in my life. Matthew liked that song idea but he felt that perhaps there was a more optimistic idea in there somewhere and maybe something that wasn’t just about me.
We had stayed up late the previous night talking about the events that had been unfolding over the past 48 hours. I shared with him how Ann, Emily and Lucy had through the course of the election felt a very devastating blow to their sense of self, and how that had affected me deeply. The election was one thing standing in my shoes, it was quite another standing in theirs.
Matthew urged me to sing about that, what I wanted my wife and daughters to know, to believe, and then he shared with me some words that he had punched into the notes on his iPhone. I immediately connected with the words, it was everything I was saying the night before and we rushed upstairs to try to record the song while the idea was fresh.
Matthew hit record on his phone and began playing some chords on his guitar, urging me to sing along. The melody just came to me, and when I finished he asked, “How did you know what melody I had in my head.”
We ended up properly recording the track again a few minutes later but we kept returning to the demo version. Since it was recorded on an iPhone the demo version was missing something sonically, but it also had something spiritually that we’d never capture again and so, we included it on the EP.
The Street Plant Open Hearted Texas Tour 2017 was a great time. Adding music to the equation was very Soul Satisfying. From playing inside Cactus Music in Houston, TX to the sidewalk in front of Deviance Skate Supply in Wichita Falls, TX we ran the gamut on where a band could set up and play and that is exactly what I was hoping to accomplish: Make the music accessible and immediate, FREE and ALL AGES.
The band for these shows was put together by my Brother In Open Arms, Tommy Luna. I told Tommy that I was coming to Texas and that I wanted to play some songs from my new EP: The New Arms EP, Produced By Matthew Ryan, and I asked if he could help get a band together. The answer was an immediate Yes! — And what a group of musicians he assembled. The chemistry was immediate. Even though we had only rehearsed for two hours before our first show, I felt like I’d been doing miles with these guys for years. We even had a personnel change after the 3rd show where Guitarist Kevin Bernier left for Australia for his regular gig w/ The Suffers while Drummer JP Rios switched to Guitar, Tommy Luna continued to hold down the Bass and we were joined on Drums by Isaias Gil. And the first gig with the second line-up at 4DWN in Dallas, TX was done on the fly, no rehearsal.
Much Love and Thanks to The Texas New Arms v1.0 and v2.0:
Don’t think for a minute
That everything is doom
What you are is bigger
It’s bigger than this room
The future is yours
The future is yours
I see you now
So broke and so uncertain
But something else comes
After you’ve been hurtin’
The future is yours
The future is yours
The future is yours
The future is yours
Mike Vallely: Lead Vocals
Matthew Ryan: Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals
Molly Thomas: Violin
Produced By Matthew Ryan
Video By Ted Newsome
Get it / Listen Here:
bandcamp (Digital and CDEP) — Best option to support the EP and Independent Music.
Street Plant — Signed CDs Available.
I’ve been writing songs for as long as I can remember.
Early on, I had a knack for hearing a Song on the radio and immediately creating my own situational or satirical lyrics for the Song. I’d Sing these Songs over and over for anyone who’d listen, mostly just my brother and sister. Every now and then I’d stage a concert in my kitchen or backyard. I’d flyer the neighborhood, going door to door, inviting people over for the big show. This audience was mostly comprised of my Family Members and a few of our Neighbors and Family Friends. I’d Sing them My Songs, they’d smile, and tell my parents: That kid is going places. Definitely not as a Singer, but he’s going places.
When I was in high school I joined my first band, Resistance. I proudly walked the high school hallways with my Lyric Notebook and Skateboard in hand. I filled that Notebook up, but none of my Lyrics were ever used in that band, as I was soon kicked out of the band for “Skateboarding too much.” Ha, ha… But I never stopped Writing and Singing Songs.
In January of this year, I had the Honor of being in a room with an Artist I greatly admire, Matthew Ryan, Working On and Writing Songs Together over the course of a weekend. We had met 4 months earlier and quickly became Friends. Writing and Working with Matthew was a lot of Fun. The material was heavy and very meaningful to both of us, but we found a way to lean into it when we needed to, and to laugh and goof off in the time between.
We thought that we were just “demoing” some Songs but at the end of the weekend we both felt that we had actually done something final, and that also, the three Songs that we had worked on, were together, a complete thought.
Matthew said, “I think you have an EP… Dude.”
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Thanks for your support!
The dream had been over for many years
But by November of 2013, I could no longer out run it
Enveloped in shadows, I had lost the will to fight
I had lost the will to live
But somehow, someway, the days still rolled on
Every breath I took was an SOS
But I didn’t have any friends
Only people who wanted to use me
To sell their worthless crap
I was living in an Ice Age
I had walked the razors edge as far as I could go
All that I could do was turn around
Out of the shadows of the past
Into the Light of my Life
There were New Dreams to Dream
The New Arms EP
Produced By Matthew Ryan.
Release Date: April 7, 2017
Here are the details:
4202 T-Shirt Artshow
Deviance Skate Supply
Wichita Falls, TX
I’m looking forward to Skating and Relating with everyone!
Thanks for your support.
The New Arms EP will be Available April 7, 2017.