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Ryan Spradlin's Sound Advice


From left to right: Not Ryan, Not Ryan, Not Ryan, Ryan. - RYAN SPRADLIN
  • Ryan Spradlin
  • From left to right: Not Ryan, Not Ryan, Not Ryan, Ryan.
Ryan Spradlin has played shows in Colorado Springs since 1994; his first was at the Underground when he was 16 years old. From there, he carried on as a member of The Sacco and Vanzetti, El Toro de la Muerte, and Eros and the Eschaton. He also recorded bands for a brief stint, and cites his awful insomnia as the primary catalyst for any and all of his musical pursuits.

“I have always had, and still have, a love-hate relationship with the music scene in Colorado,” says the musician. “The people here are great, and I’ve made a lot of friends through music. But the scene is trendy and becomes very genre-specific. Maybe that is how it is everywhere else too. I wouldn’t know.”

Essential Saturday night listening: “Don’t Move” by Phantogram. It’s just a great song with a parade of sounds that all bounce around perfectly. It sounds better the louder you listen to it.

Essential Sunday morning listening: “A Real Hero” by College. It’s easy to listen to while I drink too much coffee and plan out all of the stuff I won’t have time to do.

“Wish I’d written that” song: “Ooh La La” by Faces. I never get tired of this song. It reminds me of my parents, my friends, my wife, and my kids all at once. There is just something perfectly nostalgic about it.

“Wish I could unhear that” song: “If You Could Only See” by Tonic. It sounds like nails on a chalkboard to me. It is just an odd mix of bad lyrics with a really awful chord progression.

First album I bought with my own money: Wheels Are Turnin’ by REO Speedwagon.

Current favorite song to cover: I’ve been slowly working through a cover of “Africa” by Toto. Not sure if it will ever see the light of day.

My latest online discovery: The World’s Best American Band by White Reaper. It’s just a good rock record in the vein of Cheap Trick or Tom Petty type stuff.

Artist more people should know about: I don’t think the whole “Undiscovered” designation exists anymore. The internet has sort of ruined that moniker. If I were picking a band that I really like that doesn’t get enough credit for being great, I’d pick Chavez. I think Gone Glimmering is one of the best albums ever.

Guilty pleasure: Haha, I was raised Catholic before going full heathen. I’m not sure I can take pleasure in anything without involving some level of guilt.

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