“Get ready to be jarred awake!” NoiseTrade brings a gift from the gritty and luminous Matthew Ryan with the We Lit A Fire sampler containing selections from his new Rock 'N Roll album, BOXERS. The Chester, PA native recorded his 13th studio album, live and in a room, with an illustrious cast of characters; producer and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Salem, The Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon on electric guitar, Brian Bequette on bass and Joe Magistro (of The Black Crowes) on drums. “Boxers” instantly welcomes you with silvery feedback and fists in the air while “The First Heartbreak” comes on with a soaring melancholy that feels somewhere between My Bloody Valentine and The Replacements. “An Anthem for the Broken,” is a heartrending poem to the working class that's as hopeful as it is propulsive and the quiet americana-punk and poetry of “The Queen of My Arms” is in the form of a previously unheard demo: PLAY LOUDLY.
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