5.05.2015

April 2015

Back from another Sand tour, I was joined by my brilliant old time pals Chris Welcome and Willie Blair.  I've known these guys for 20 years. Not many people know that Chris Welcome wears a Black Flag shirt at all times, beneath whatever else he is wearing.  It's amazing to still be able to play with them.  Here's a version of Visionary Fantasy off the newest record.

8.31.2014

September 2014

What began as sketching little notes in the back of a van on a tour last summer will be taking physical form later this month as September 30, the second release from Dylan Ryan/Sand will come out on Cuneiform Records.  Tour dates in the US will be coming as soon as the dust settles and I can with say for sure where we will be and when, but at the very least there's a handful of Los Angeles dates coming up this season, with talks about sharing bills across the country with some of our very excellent friends.

I'll do my darndest to keep this page as up to date as possible, so check in often to see my performance schedule, updates, and new videos.

It's a few weeks off, but Diffuser FM is offering a pre-order and giving a little taste of the new Sand record now.   Enjoy the new song, Visionary Fantasy from Dylan Ryan/Sand

5.08.2014

May 2014

Upcoming shows with a few bands.
After a thrilling tour last month, Icy Demons will be playing in LA with our excellent friends, Califone on May 17.
Dylan Ryan / Sand will continue to pepper the landscape with activity leading up to the release of our new record with subsequent touring in support, later this year.  Mark it for June 17 at Silverlake Lounge as we'll be sharing a bill with the always breathtaking Atomic Ape.
But before getting too far ahead of the current times, I'll be subbing on drums with my dear old pal, TV Mike and his group The Scarecrows on some Southern California dates in the end of the month.

                                                           

3.04.2014

March 2014


I wrote most of this recently recorded Sand music in December, drawing from sketches that I had compiled in vans and hotel rooms over the preceding 4 months touring, and I feel like Tiffany from Rainbow Arabia's evil black SG was perhaps the impetus for much of the new stuff.
I really wish I could say inspiration came from zipping through the alps, gazing over the glorious pines locking eyes with an eagle for a split second before parting ways forever, each cherishing the moment.  But alas, much was written in a wonderful, classically bleak Berlin apartment in between shows fueled by doner, red wine and that sweet ax.  Moving along, Hoff, Young and I pulled it off and made a new Sand record last month, strictly adhering Black Sabbathian recording timeframes of the early 70's, of course.
2 days to track, 2 days to mix and we're out.  
But before any of those Sand festivities commence, Icy Demons will don the breastplate once again and join ANTI recording artist Lost in The Trees on the West Coast leg of their upcoming tour.  Learning and relearning songs tracked years ago is always fun and sometimes presents a nice lens into what one may have been listening to at the time of inception.  I'm hearing plenty of Queen in these Icy's drum parts.  Lots of low to hi drum shapes.  And I think Clem Burke was probably an obsession, and rightfully so; listen to his high hat work on anything...so breathtakingly sassy.  Here's those dates, come say hi.

1.04.2014

Jan 2014

Starting things off right in 2014, I released a new Ether Feather song. It's called Der Dom and it's anything-goes, over-the-top, grandiose, moderately indulgent, emotional instrumental new age tranquility of the highest order.  Emotional and optimistic music for soaring through a clean crisp mist. Basically it's the band that allows me, in good conscience,  to use cover art like this:





What's next? This month, the big news is that Hoff, Young, and I track a new Sand record and will be performing a slew of shows in LA and the mid-west.  More to come... DR out...