OF JAZZ-ROCK INSTRUMENTAL BAND
THE FLYIN' RYAN BROTHERS, JIMMY RYAN RETURNS IN 2019 WITH
SOCIOPATHIC LIAR, A ROCK VOCAL TRACK DECRYING
THE CURRENT POLITICAL CHAOS IN 2020 AMERICA
Ryan - master guitarist, solo artist and former leader of the underrated
and now sadly defunct American instrumental rock band The Flyin' Ryan
Brothers is back with a new rock vocal oozing with angst-filled lyrics
dissing the current political circus in America today. Never a musician
to pull punches, simply put, Jimmy has had enough of it. In 2016, Jimmy
released his rock vocal track, SUPER-PSYCHO-NAZI-RACIST-TRUMP-IS-PSYCHOPATHIC.
Now in 2019, Jimmy shows hes really fed up and he vents his spleen
to the max with his new rock vocal single, Sociopathic Liar.
In the spirit of the aforementioned track, Sociopathic Liar
takes on the divisive political mood in America today with a vengeance.
As he sings Now the page is turning and the world is burning,
Jimmy puts all the political bigwigs on notice that he wont get
fooled again. A song that could only be written in the aftermath of
all the appalling political turmoil America has endured these last 3
years, Sociopathic Liar puts the Trump Administration under
the musical microscope and the results are as much truth-telling as
they are troubling and shocking. Looking back to his 2003 solo album,
Superkiller with his band Truth Squad, Jimmy was always a good
singer and while The Flyin' Ryan Brothers are still revered for their
instrumental guitar rock fusion albums, on Sociopathic Liar
Jimmy Ryan revs his political mind into vocal overdrive. Some Flyin'
Ryan Brothers fans might squawk a WTF yet theres no getting
away from the righteous rock energy and Jimmy's relentless, politically-charged
the 2019 interview
With Jimmy Ryan
Was venting about this current political madness something you always
wanted to do or did the Trump era just push you over the edge?
JR: Its sort of both and neither. Im always venting in one
way or another (laughs). Ive always been a huge fan of comic satire
when its done well; it sort of acts as a cultural relief valve,
and thats all that this is. All great changes are products of
chaos, and things are really chaotic at this moment in human history.
Part of being happy is having the ability to come to terms with how
things change; doing this piece was just catharsis in action. Its
not only fun to create music, but in this case the process helped me
put current events into perspective, which in turn helps me come to
terms with the changes. Its therapy, and it works for me.
mwe3: Youve done vocal tracks before, but did it feel uncomfortable
singing these lyrics? What about Trump supporters? They can get angry
and even violent. Arent you afraid of the backlash from MAGA fans?
JR: Only in the current age could a question like this be asked. Uncomfortable?
Not at all. It was fun to do the track and a challenge for me to get
all of the vocals out without running out of breath! In the end, its
just satire, Robert
nothing more, nothing less. Backlash? Hmm
hadnt even considered it. Emotions exist to make us strongly biased
for or against something, and the cognitive echo chambers in social
media are working overtime in that regard. Everyone is entitled to their
own opinion, but no one is entitled to their own facts; unfortunately,
facts today are now just a collection of opinions that match
your own. Thats one of the reasons Im not on ANY social
media platform. I suppose that passionate hatred can and will give purpose
to an empty life, so pardon me if I dont participate. Dr. Seuss
once said, Be who you are and say what you feel, because those
who mind dont matter and those who matter dont mind.
Thats the way I look at it. When all is said and done, a hell
of a lot more is said than done. You would never care what people say
about you if you knew how infrequently they do, so it doesnt matter
to me. I dont care. I have a life to live.
mwe3: What kind of video are you planning or would like to plan for
SOCIOPATHIC LIAR? Tell us about the video you did for SUPER-PSYCHO-NAZI-RACIST-TRUMP-IS-PSYCHOPATHIC.
Are these part of a trilogy? Hopefully, will a sequel track follow in
not a video guy; I think Ill just do what I did for SUPER-PSYCHO-NAZI-RACIST-TRUMP-IS-PSYCHOPATHIC,
which was just a supercut of Trump images, mostly of him looking crazy
and malevolent, with the lyrics scrolling at the bottom. Part of me
would like to see an image of everything I reference in the song come
up in sync with the lyrics
that said, I just dont have any
interest in expending the time, energy and money to produce a big overblown
video; considering that over 300 videos are uploaded to YouTube every
single minute, its easy to get lost in the shuffle. Hell, the
first one has only gotten 2,600 views since October of 2016, so whats
the point? Im a realist, and have no delusions of grandeur. Im
more focused on the music anyway. A trilogy? I never even thought about
that. Well, well just have to see what comes to pass over the
next year or so. Theres a lot that can happen, and if the past
is any indication of the future, we dont know whatll happen
until it actually happens.
mwe3: How long did it take to write the lyrics and make them fit? I
guess this is one trilogy you wish you didnt have to write, right?
JR: This one happened REALLY fast
I do a water aerobics class with
my wife every morning and Billy Joels We Didnt Start
the Fire was in the program one morning a couple of weeks back.
My wife leaned over and said I should do something with it, so I did!
It was a challenge to sync up the lyrics to the original song... the
vocals come at you like a machine gun. So, I got home, listened to the
original, got the lyric sheet, started scribbling lyric ideas and started
replacing a couple of lines at a time. Thats what took the lions
share of the time. Once I got in the groove, it came together in an
afternoon. I do a lot of TV and film work, so I banged it out in between
my other commitments. I played everything except drums and did all the
mwe3: Dont you pine for The Flyin' Ryan Brothers heyday? I was
just playing Totality and its still a masterpiece. Hows
JR: Thanks for the kind words, Robert. I think on Totality we
really hit our stride, so to speak. Johnny is doing great, and we both
got together on a track I wrote recently called Quiet Flight.
Its quite an involved piece that clocks in at over 8 minutes and
includes an extended solo tradeoff at the end of the track that crescendos
into a soaring double lead section that really resonates the best of
what weve done in the past. No formal plans are in place for a
new release or anything like that, but both of us were really happy
with the way it came out. Id like to do more of that. Well
see what happens