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Blackout Money

New York City, New York, United States | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
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"'Burnout' review in Babysue.com"

The band's debut EP is chock full of energetic and infectious melodic guitar pop. Ryan's got a helluva voice that really makes these tunes cook. This is one kickass disc. If this EP is any indication of what this band is capable of, we can't wait to hear what they can do on a full-length album. Top pick. - Babysue


"The Aquarian"

"I think of heavy riffs, lots of rock and roll, along with distortion, noise, and a wild stage presence." - Paul Reyes


"Music Emissions"

"this dynamic duo creates full throttle rock n' roll songs which jump out of your speakers, spurring you to leap on your feet, and, alternately, construct fluid and textured, delicate compositions, crafted with the same degree of passion and drive." - Roxanne Blanford


"Hartford Advocate"

"The Noise's set was a lesson in hard-rocking minimalism...they sound like a stripped-down, punked-up version of Led Zeppelin." - Tom Pizzola


"Long Island News"

"Chris Ryan is a man who succesfully fuses full-on hard rock with melody and a songwriter's sensibility." - Janelle Jones


"Creative Loafing"

"Chris Ryan and The Noise offer a heavy, lean energy that falls somewhere between the arena and the garage." - Hutchinson


"Punchline"

"C'mon feel the noise, again, at Holy Chow. Tonight, it's a stripped-down, just the facts ma'am type of noise...the guitar and drums only set-up of Chris Ryan and The Noise doesn't leave a lot of room for extracurricular things, and the Manhattan two piece will display only the essentials...Now that sounds just fine, doesn't it? - Ryan Muldoon


"'Burnout' review in The Big Takeover"

Singer/guitarist Christopher Ryan is a busy man, having written and produced music for film, TV, and theatre, while working alongside numerous Grammy-winning and high-profile artists (and releasing a solo EP in 2005, entitled Blackout Money). His well-connectedness has allowed him to elicit top-flight bandmates for this new project, including NY Dolls drummer Brian Delaney, Jellyfish/Beck keyboardist Roger Manning Jr., and Sheryl Crow guitarist Jeff Trott. Not surprisingly, this is huge-sounding, cleanly produced, radio-friendly guitar rock, with hard-hitting drums, big choruses, and rousing melodies. Only one song approaches mainstream mush, the sappy ballad “Put Your Love on the Table.” But the Sloan-like standout “Target For a Butterfly,” driving “Endless Summer,” and vivacious “Stay Tonight” are first-rate power-pop bashers that will have you salivating for a proper full length. (blackoutmoney.com)
- The Big Takeover


"Village Voice"

Three best hard-rock songs you can't hear on radio anywhere this year: Rick Springfield's cover of the Easybeats' "I'll Make You Happy," Billy Butcher's "Ghosts," and Chris Ryan's "East Coast Liner." The first would crush Velvet Revolver's "Slither" at white-trash rock FM if the game weren't rigged. "Ghosts" is Southern rock and honking blues from Canada—what Aerosmith should have published this year if not so spineless and craven. And the last—from Ryan's Blackout Money—gets up with any Mick Jones/Lou Gramm riffster on the first two Foreigner albums.

Ryan's drummer wrote me last summer, finding community in a gripe I'd made concerning hard-rock bands manned with school-of-stumblebum guitarists. He wanted to know what happened to all the good stuff. But Blackout Money, along with everything else ever sent along from Ryan & Co., ably collects those things that made fine, big-guitar arena rock years ago: one good singer-songwriter, arrangements that marry smashing riff with melody, and a drummer who knows how to hip-swivel as well as point the finger at the guitar man when it's time for climactic rock action.

So though Chris Ryan and his buds play dives in Manhattan, Blackout Money is made for drive-time airwaves: They go from hot-blooded, to R.E.O./T.W.O, to even a little something of Jackson Browne's "Redneck Friend." - Rocker's Double Vision Goes From One to Another Extreme


"Village Voice"

An early demo split the diff between Zeppy time signatures, maggot-brained cosmic slop, and solid workaday bloat, and Ryan’s new Blackout Money EP ranks with any local mainstream rock in years. His current live lineup swings so hard that, coupled with their unfashionably in-your-face frontman’s manly voice, they conjure visions of 1979 Bad Company, 1978 Elvis Costello, and 1976 ZZ Top all at once. - Chuck Eddy


Discography

"Burnout" - Released March 30 2010

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Songwriter/producer Christopher Ryan emerges hard and strong with his latest project Blackout Money and the band’s initial EP release “Burnout.” Recorded by Geoff Sanoff (Green Day, Tinted Windows) and mixed by Grammy-award winner David Bianco (Tom Petty, Bob Dylan), this hard rocking and deeply personal EP traces the steep arc of a brief yet powerful romance between Ryan and a woman who falls for him only to then suddenly disappear. The 6 songs on “Burnout” each tell a different part of the story, which was inspired by three different yet very real relationships (as well as several other life-changing events) that Ryan experienced over the past three years.

“Burnout” was recorded in LA and NYC in 2009 and is action-packed with incredible performances by a virtual “who’s who” in rock and roll, including Brian Delaney (NY Dolls), Jeff Trott (Sheryl Crowe), Roger Manning Jr. (Beck), Jeff Allen (Five for Fighting), William Rottman (Lenny Kravitz), and Michael Urbano (Cracker) among others.

The 6 songs that make up “Burnout” enthusiastically explore themes of longing, losing and perseverance – and sound as if they were born somewhere in the human psyche between the arena and the garage. This is an ageless rock and roll record for boys and girls, men and women, the old and the young.

With a production style built on Ryan’s 15 years as a songwriter/producer/guitarist/bassist, the record depicts a classic update on what rock and roll should sound like in 2010. What is most likely to resonate with the listener, however, is that these songs tell the story of what it feels like to have paid the price to love deeply – what it costs to connect with another human being.

A promotional video entitled “How We Make Our Blackout Money” as well as more information on Blackout Money and Christopher Ryan can be found at youtube.com/premiumissue, blackoutmoney.com or myspace.com/gimmemyblackoutmoney.

Hear why the Village Voice has said Christopher Ryan is “…one good singer-songwriter…made for drive time airwaves” – check out Blackout Money’s “BURNOUT” now!