On the heels of a critically-acclaimed EP, four #1’s on Hype Machine, topping the Spotify viral charts and grabbing the Zane Lowe stamp of approval, Mating Ritual has announced their debut album How You Gonna Stop It?, to be released as two six-track volumes in 2017. Volume 1 will be released on January 24, 2017 and features the title track, which premiered via Impose Magazine today. CLICK HERE to listen!
Mating Ritual’s Ryan Marshall Lawhon’s inability to sit still is his driving force in the creation of his music. Forever pushing the boundaries of songwriting and production, he creates complex yet catchy songs that question the traditional ideals of genre classification. After the hiatus of his prior band Pacific Air, Ryan cranked up his songwriting prolificacy and found immense freedom in the world of independent recording and created what he calls Post-Genre-Pop under the alias Mating Ritual.
How You Gonna Stop It? was recorded over a two year period in apartments, garages and lofts all over Los Angeles county, as well as several traditional studios and one five-day cruise to Puerto Vallarta. The end result was a collection of songs that juxtaposes vision and clarity with varying fidelity and grit to create an unexpected textural experience. The album pulls from sounds that bridge decades of music, from New Order’s bass heavy structures and Enya’s atmospheric synth pads, to the rhythmic guitar melodies of The Strokes and Grimes ‘kitchen sink’ production flourishes.
Beginning January 28, 2017 in San Francisco, Mating Ritual will embark on a headlining tour, including stops in Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver + more. Tickets for all dates will be available on Friday, December 16 via www.matingritualsounds.com.