Ok, maybe I didn’t really begin in Massachusetts which is where this weeks feature DID begin. Mike Ryan began in Massachusetts a la East Brookfield. He hasn’t gotten very much media out there yet but what he has put out is very pleasant to listen to as well as promising. I am very much reminded of acoustic Kurt Cobain. There is a rawness and simplicity to Mike’s playing and vocals that reminds me of the Godfather of Grunge. But let’s not compare any further than that because Mike is not grunge. He is a guy on a mission, currently solo but looking to possibly add a few more members to his tribe of one.
Mike aka Tank began his musical journey as a drummer but got restless and wanted to try something new. He picked up his dad’s old Epiphone in 1996 and began to teach himself by listening to some of the people he listened to growing up. As his guitar playing progressed Mike eventually picked up the pen as well and began writing some songs in 2000. The songs are raw and well done lyrically. It’s simple and simple is good when it works.
As I have said Mike is new to the media aspect but he has put together some songs and a video over at Reverbnation http://www.reverbnation.com/tank44 and there are a few videos on YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cN42F59Fpc&list=PLIdncvS0arcV7BWppeS3HVv2ZUhUXRNmW The videos on YouTube are really just the songs with a visual of a scenic picture, but that is ok because the recording is clear.
Check Mike out if an acoustic Nirvana-esque sound is something that you enjoy.
I am sure that Mike will add more as he further delves into self promotion and I will update as further releases become available.