Hustle Up Starlings

by Matthew Ryan

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    Your digitally downloaded version of the album, Hustle Up Starlings, will also contains BONUS MATERIAL! Your download will come with an immersive lyrics, art and credits PDF that was beautifully designed by Joe Maiocco. It will be included in the download link upon release of Hustle Up Starlings on May 12th, 2017.
    releases May 12, 2017

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(I Just Died) Like An Aviator
Battle Born
Close Your Eyes
Maybe I'll Disappear
It's A Delicate Waltz
Run Rabbit Run
All I Wanted
Summer Never Ends


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The Digital Album of HUSTLE UP STARLINGS is NOW AVAILABLE for Pre-Order! Upon pre-ordering you will receive the title track, Hustle Up Starlings, immediately.

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The CDs are beautifully designed, complete with an 8-Panel booklet of photos, credits, full lyrics and an introduction by Michael Koryta.
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Hustle Up Starlings was produced by Brian Fallon from The Gaslight Anthem. It includes performances by Brian Bequette, Brian Fallon, David Henry, Doug Lancio, Brad Pemberton and yours truly. It was mixed and recorded by Doug Lancio. And Hans DeKline once again mastered it into that shimmering film to be wildly welcoming.

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releases May 12, 2017

...Let me just say what appears to arrive fully formed took hours, days, even years of beautiful and blinding searchlight work by so many. Alone and then collaborative, it's always a labor of love. I always feel lucky in these moments when finally I get to share "it." This is just the beginning... Again. I'm very excited. I love the work we've done. It's soon to surface. We invested all the heart, smarts and honest cinema we were capable of. I hope some of these songs become great companions for you.


Hustle Up Starlings was Produced by Brian Fallon
Recorded and Mixed by Doug Lancio at Studio G Sound
Mastered by Hans DeKline at Sound Bites Dog

Hustle Up Starlings features Performances By:

Brian Bequette - Bass, Piano & Additional Electric Guitar on Bastard and Summer Never Ends
Brian Fallon - All Electric, Acoustic, Slide & Vibe Guitars as well as Backing Vocals
David Henry - Cello & Violin on Run Rabbit Run and All I Wanted
Doug Lancio - Additional Electric Guitar on Hustle Up Starlings
Brad Pemberton - Drums & Percussion
Matthew Ryan - Lead Vocals & Additional Electric Guitar on It’s A Delicate Waltz

Cover Photo “4th of July - Sheridan, Wyoming” by Jack Spencer
Design and Layout of Artwork and more by Joe Maiocco

All Songs Written by Matthew Ryan
Copyright Plastic Violin/BMI 2017
Admin. by W Songs/Warner Music UK Ltd.

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Matthew Ryan Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Matthew Ryan is experiencing a noisy renaissance. It began in 2014 with "Boxers" and now on May 12th, 2017 we'll see the follow-through with "Hustle Up Starlings." Produced by Brian Fallon, "Starlings" shimmers with silvery anthems & a captivating focus. The set clocks in at 40 minutes with no prevarication or bluster, just a celebratory noise alight w/ hearts, broken-in voices & poetry. ... more


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Track Name: Hustle Up Starlings
Hustle Up Starlings

Hustle up, starlings
The dark is coming
The night's tuning up
And dusk is humming
I smile at strangers
And I talk to myself
My thoughts are lonely
Lonelier than hell

We met in a record store
In 1991
She was studying to be a big girl
I was trying to be someone
We had us some boys
And we laughed a lot 
But these days I'm just trying to remember
What it is that we forgot

I love the rain in the summertime
The way her hand would fall slow in mine
I loved her dress pressed against my skin
The way the night would let a warm light in

Now everyday is numbered
And so are the words
The hymn of a shadow boxer
Is to only hit where it hurts
Now there's no silence
That's quieter than this 
The things we love will one day disappear
First slow and then so quick

I love the snow when the winter comes
When loud guitars are pushed around by drums
I love that memory has more grace than me
The things I recall are lit with a blinding beauty
I love a song that doesn't care what you want
Like winter birds that never felt inclined to chase the sun
I've loved a woman with everything I have
And I pray to god I’ll give her more good than bad

Hustle up, starlings
The bats are coming
The night's tuning up
And dusk is humming