If your idea of a real rock band for the 21st century is one that blends the swagger and bluesy elements of classic bands like The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Humble Pie, alongside more recent bands like The White Stripes, Black Keys and Rival Sons, then let me introduce you to the power trio from Portland Oregon – Metts Ryan & Collins.
Metts Ryan & Collins are bold new standard bearers for this rare breed. With Geoff Metts leading the charge on vocals and guitars, Dain Ryan on the bass foundation, and Mike Collins as drum corps leader, the band is taking the fight to listeners with their gritty and vibrant brand of guitar rock.
Drawing from their collective experience in Rock and Soul projects, the band chose a classic blue collar approach to their self-titled 2015 EP. Aiming for “one pass” or one take that captured the songs, they laid tracks down live on 2 inch tape and added minimal overdubs. After mixing to tape and pressing to vinyl, the resulting EP captures a decidedly raw and honest take on gritty and high energy material.
Recommended if you like: Black Keys, Rival Sons, Vintage Trouble, Gary Clark Jr.