BRUCE’S RECOMMENDATION OF BANDCAMP MUSIC
Music: “Vile, Vain, Selfish”
Album: DON’T LET THE BASTARD WIN
Artist: Ryan Garrett
Artist Location: Russell Springs, Kentucky
Info: All music, lyrics, performance, and production by Ryan Garrett.
“Follow up to 2018’s THE GOAT ALBUM, DON’T LET THE BASTARD WIN pushes the boundaries of independent americana to include elements of everything from synthpop to heavy metal. All while maintaining a steady rock foundation that’s been a standard on every Ryan Garrett record so far. From folk ballads like ‘The Ghost,’ to funky, 7-string guitar shredding on ‘Low Ground,’ the album offers something for everyone.
“Lyrics on the album cover multiple grounds of emotional distance, apologetic confessions, and even a few sociopolitical statements. The album’s title is taken from a M*A*S*H quote in which the bastard is referring to ‘death.’ I hope that this message can be taken as a hopeful statement against suicide and addiction, much like the bonus track ‘Merry Christmas Again’ depicts. You are loved here. You will get through this. Don’t let the bastard win.”
Price: $1 (USD) for track; $7 (USD) for 12-track album.