836 N. Russell St. / Portland, OR, 97227
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
8 p.m.$8 in advance, $8 day of show21 and over
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Mating Ritual is the pen name of Ryan Marshall Lawhon, a 27-year-old Los Angeles transplant who's makes new age and post punk inspired indie rock.
When he was young, the precocious Lawhon took an early interest in his mother's record collection. Growing up on Ray Lynch, Laurie Anderson, and Enya, he was undoubtedly influenced by the calming groove of ‘90s new age and the very literal sound of recorded ocean waves. But too much beauty can numb even the most tranquil of minds, and Ryan eventually became infatuated with the comparatively aggressive and brooding sounds of post punk and early 00's garage rock.
Enlisting the help of former Pacific Air bandmate and brother Taylor Lawhon, along with drummer Rob Humphries, Mating Ritual's quasi mission statement is to blend those opposing ideals with timeless hooks, a visceral combination that bridges decades of music.
After landing multiple #1's on the blog aggregate Hype Machine, topping the Spotify viral charts and grabbing the Zane Lowe stamp of approval with his debut EP, Mating Ritual, Lawhon and co. will release Mating Ritual's second EP of the year, Fall Collection '16 on October 7th. Boasting 5 new tracks, the collection pushes the boundaries of Lawhon's ever recognizable production and songwriting as he shows no signs of slowing down.
Hilly Dilly says "The Los Angeles artist's songwriting is once again at a level that really has no comparison", Buzzbands called him "more beefcake than cheesecake" and Neon Gold touted Mating Ritual as "a game changer".
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