Having signed to Frontiers Music Srl in the summer of 2020, the Swedish melodic rock combo RIAN will release their second album, Twenty-Three, on 16th July.
“Music is all about creating feelings. On this album we wanted to give credit to the desperate feeling we got listening to music when we were much too young to understand it,” states vocalist/guitarist Richard Andermyr.
Twenty-Three took shape under the direction of producer Daniel Flores (Find Me, The Murder Of My Sweet), with its songs based on melodies and lyrics written by Andermyr then crafted into songs arranged together with drummer Jan Johansson and subsequent additional input from bassist Jonas Melin and lead guitarist Tobias Jakobsson.
In regard to the album’s first single, Stop, Andermyr explains that “I wrote it in my living room, alternating between acoustic guitar and my old upright piano. Janne added cowbell, Jonas came up with this cool bass riff and Tobias went crazy on the Strat. In the studio, Daniel filled in the blanks on keyboards. This all lifted the song from a nice rock track to the first single of the album.”
RIAN released a well received debut album, Out Of The Darkness, in 2017, prior to Jakobsson joining the band, then made a blistering live debut the following year with the guitarist’s amazing skills helping to unveil the RIAN 2.0 sound.
“Our sound can be explained as a modern version of classic melodic rock music, the way it was produced in the second half of the ’80s,” adds Andermyr. “The sound is American, but the melodies and chord progressions have very strong Swedish roots. Influences such as Bon Jovi, Dokken, Europe, Queensrÿche, Survivor and Winger can be heard in the sound, but also the more modern vibes of the likes of Alter Bridge have a presence in our music.”
Twenty-Three track list
- In The Dark
- Where Do We Run
- For Your Heart
- We Belong
- My Ocean
- Body And Soul
- The Passenger
- Stranger To Me
- Your Beauty
Richard Andermyr – vocals, guitar
Jan Johansson – drums
Jonas Melin – bass
Tobias Jakobsson – lead guitar