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WILLIAM RYAN KEY Releases Single “Downtown (Up North)”

Second Solo EP VIRTUE Out November 30th
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On Tour with Mayday Parade

When WILLIAM RYAN KEY’s new single “Downtown (Up North)” begins with its acoustic guitar pluckings, the emotional ripple is immediate and enveloping. But when the cello hits, it becomes an overwhelming tsunami. Taken from his second solo EP VIRTUE (release date: November 26, 2018 via The Lone Tree Recordings), “Downtown (Up North)” continues in Ryan’s progression forward from former Yellowcard frontman to full-fledged solo musician, thrusting him into a raw and intimate space that highlights his immaculately-crafted songwriting.

Lyrically hearkening the strains of new romantic longing, “Downtown (Up North)” is a song enraptured in emotion and intimacy. The music itself has special resonance for Ryan as well. “Working on ‘Downtown (Up North)’ was one of the coolest experiences of my musical career,” he recalls. “For many years now the music I listen to the most has been post rock and instrumental. One of my favorite and most influential artists is Hammock. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Marc Byrd, one of the founding members, since I’ve moved to Franklin, TN. When I started writing for Virtue and had the demo for ‘Downtown’, I sent it to Marc and asked if he’d be interested in producing some cello for the song. I ended up getting to work with him and Hammock’s cellist, Matt Slocum [Sixpence None the Richer] on the track. I feel so lucky to get to work and collaborate with artists that inspire me. “

His second solo EP, Virtue continues the songwriting journey that Ryan began with his surprise EP Thirteen which was released earlier this Summer.  While the former EP embraced uncertainty and nervous energy of taking a step into new and uncharted territory, Virtue posits Ryan onto firmer ground with a newfound confidence in his own abilities as a songwriter.  As leader of one of the most successful alternative rock bands of the last two decades, he was able to feel the united front of his Yellowcard bandmates.  But now, as a solo musician, he has presented a vulnerable side that isn’t scared of tapping into his inner feelings and thoughts. “With Virtue, I wanted to explore and expand on the sound I’ve discovered both musically and lyrically,” he says. “Similar to my first release, all of the songs came together in such a spontaneous manner. The recording sessions were very much driven by capturing what felt right in the moment, and moving on to the next idea.”

Largely anchored in and around NYC landmarks (Broadway, The Bowery, The Turnpike, Downtown, and Upstate all make cameos), Virtue kicks off with the textural piano-led instrumental track “The Same Destination”, something that Yellowcard has played with on past releases.  As an intro track, it recalls that for fans but more importantly, it establishes a texture and tone that continues throughout the six-track EP. The epic title track revisits a breakup and the grief-stricken pain of watching the other person move on (“You shed your skin and leave it behind”) to a soaring swell of keyboards and bassdrums. The closing track “No More, No Less” continues the swell and fades to a cathartic percussive coda with Ryan closing out the song with the cryptic couplet, “Am I gonna survive when I’m out in the wild, am I gonna belong? / Am I gonna behave, am I looking to stay when a reckoning comes?”

Like a proud father, looking back at his progeny, Ryan concludes, “I’m really proud of these songs, and I can’t wait for people to hear them.”

Virtue will be released November 26, 2018 via The Lone Tree Recordings.

VIRTUE
tracklisting

1. The Same Destination
2. Mortar and Stone
3. The Bowery
4. Virtue
5. Downtown (Up North)
6. No More, No Less

 

TOUR DATES

9 Oct Dallas, TX House Of Blues
11 Oct Phoenix, AZ The Van Buren
12 Oct Las Vegas, NV Vinyl- Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
14 Oct San Diego, CA House Of Blues
16 Oct Anaheim, CA House Of Blues
17 Oct Berkeley, CA UC Berkeley
18 Oct Sacramento, CA Ace Of Spades
20 Oct Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
21 Oct Seattle, WA The Showbox
23 Oct Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
24 Oct Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
26 Oct Chicago, IL House Of Blues
27 Oct Milwaukee, WI The Rave
28 Oct St Louis, MO The Pageant
30 Oct Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
1 Nov Cincinnati, OH Bogarts
2 Nov Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Theatre
3 Nov Cleveland, OH Agora Theatre
4 Nov Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
6 Nov Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
7 Nov Toronto, ON Rebel
8 Nov Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom
9 Nov Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
10 Nov Boston, MA House Of Blues
13 Nov New York, NY Playstation Theatre
14 Nov Philadelphia, PA The Filmore
15 Nov Silver Springs, MD Filmore Silver Spring
16 Nov Charlotte, NC The Filmore
17 Nov Atlanta, GA Masquerade
18 Nov Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works
20 Nov Jacksonville, FL Mavericks
21 Nov Tampa, FL The Ritz Ybor
23 Nov Lake Buena Vista, FL House Of Blues
24 Nov Fort Lauderdale, FL Revolution Live
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