'Ryan O'Reilly, from Southampton, England, is a songwriter who's Irish parentage and English upbringing combines to create a passionate storyteller, with dark humour sewn deep into the fabric of his searingly honest lyrics. Ryan followed a uniquely meandering path on his musical journey, starting by performing at open-mic nights in Toronto as a teenager, graduating to street busking in London. This quickly grew popular enough to inspire fan-booked European tours and paying for studio time with the busking money made when not running away from the Police on Portobello Road. Ryan's style of writing delves into detail and circumstance, fatalism and symbolism, like open letters, told unfalteringly by Ryan's unmistakable vocal. Creating a tension between melancholy and defiance whilst possessing a swirling undercurrent of a wistful and twisted worldview that manifests itself in the schadenfreude Ryan unleashes at his live shows and the poetry of his records, reviews often mention tears of laughter and sadness in equal measure.
I Can't Stand the Sound will be out on DNA Records on 26 January 2018.