Ever since his early musical forays with his previous band Going 90, Marty Ryan has been ever present on the Limerick scene, delivering his own particular blend of emo rock whilst also nurturing emerging talent via the Thomond Sessions & DIY LK.
Written and recorded in an isolated cottage in Castletown Bere, West Cork, ‘Everyone’s Welcome’ is his third release as Anna’s Anchor and is easily his most accomplished collection of songs to date. The album was Co-produced by Mike Gavin (Windings) and mixed by John Goodmanson (Death Cab for Cutie, Soundgarden) with additional percussion from rising DIY-superstar-producer Bob Cooper.
The process of isolation and collaboration is an approach that has worked brilliantly for Ryan, resulting in a top quality record. Executive Summary is a subtle beginning, Clare O’Brien (Randolf and the Crokers) guests on backing vocals on a track that erupts with a refraining crescendo of “you’ll be happy with moments of happiness”.
8 Hours in Stansted was literally written in the airport during a testing layover which proved to be a fruitful use of Ryan’s time. It oodles energy and will have you yearning for the moshpit.
The ominous opening chords of White Washed Corridor hint at what’s to come, with Ryan addressing a subject all too prevalent in Ireland society – alcoholism in the family, the impact of coming to terms with that and dealing with the resultant personal fallout. It’s a deeply effective track that will resonate with many.
Vibrant rocker Precautionary is a real standout, benefiting again from the accompanying vocals of O’Brien for the anthemic chorus. It has real crowd pleaser potential thanks to it’s driving finale. Johnny Cash Was a Punk was written after a visit to the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis, it’s a simple but beautifully layered track reflecting on the experience of a heavy touring schedule
The album concludes with a pair of melancholic tracks – the luxurious For The Parish which builds into an epic anthem with Ryan and O’Brien pleading “please give us a sign”, while the sparse acoustic Appendix ABC is a perfect low-fi comedown.
Ryan has recorded a classy album that perfectly marries his passions whilst wrestling with his personal demons and frustrations.