Ryan Adams Goes Metal!

Last I heard Ryan Adams had married Mandy Moore and had retired from music.   Well, as far as I know he is still married to Mandy Moore, but it looks like he’s making music.  The extremely prolific singer-songwriter has just released a metal song!  I can’t tell this story better than Pitchfork, so I’ll just let them tell it…

From Pitchfork.com

Over on Ryan Adamswebsite, the alt-country vet has a fun little piece of news: “We’re going to begin pressing ORION — my most legit METAL record — on vinyl next week. Have a listen to the song below and let us at PAXAM [Adams’ label] know if you’d be interested in purchasing one.”

The “legit” qualifier is in there presumably because Ryan has played around with joke metal before, primarily through his goofy web-only Werewolph side project. But the song streaming at Adams’ site does indeed sound fairly serious, though it probably tilts more toward messy late-80s Pacific Northwest proto-grunge than toward actual metal. There’s no soloing, no bottom-heavy riffage, and no lyrics about dragons, but Adams’ scratchy growl/whine is pretty impressive. (The Soundcloud tag seems to indicate that the song is called “Electrosnake”, which does push us a little further back into “joke” territory.)

Over on the site, there’s also a poll where fans can vote on whether or not they’d buy the record. Whatever our intentions, we should all probably vote “yes,” if only because the world’s a slightly more interesting place when Adams is pulling unabashedly ridiculous moves like this one.
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Awe-some!!!  Please go vote YES!

ORION . ELECTROSNAKE by ryanadams