Ryan Wong (Cool Ghouls) debut solo album

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Submitted by -Empty Cellar Records Wed, 07/26/2017 - 12:44 pm

Though Ryan Wong’s boyish charm might be obvious to anyone who’s seen him perform solo or with his group the Cool Ghouls, what might not be obvious about the artist behind More Milk is that he is, in fact, lactose intolerant. What’s up with that? What kind of milk are we talking about anyway?

Well, sometimes a songwriter in a rock group has a jolt of creativity that results in some great numbers for the band (that’s the milk), and then even more ideas that might have to find their way into another icebox (more milk). While there’s a delicate acoustic sketch or two on this home-recorded cassette, don’t let Wong’s easygoing attitude or vocal style belie his ability to turn a great idea or two into a fully ambulant creature of a tune. Ryan—handling guitar, bass, and keys with a rotating cast of bandmates and roommates filling in on percussion and woodwinds—makes it happen. Just try to listen to the two-note, triple time trill that drives “Good Lovin” without imagining approaching an overcast San Francisco day with a Mr. Natural stride.

If you should stroll into a club in the Mission on a chilly evening or find this tape in your dealer’s deck, why not slow down and take it in for a moment? There’s a little something in these six songs for the deadheads, for John Cale obsessives, and for tough rockers in derby jackets and boots who like to eat mushrooms, sit in the grass and listen to the Emerson Brothers. I’m willing to bet there may even be something for you—Ryan’s probably holding and has plenty to go around.

-E. C. Wald

Ryan Wong - Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Casio
Alex Fleshman - Drums, Percussion
Richard Harkins - Drums
Seth Snyder - Flute

Purchase link: https://emptycellarrecords.bandcamp.com/album/more-milk

Track Listing:

  1. Day Dreamin'
  2. Shopkeeper Rag
  3. Travel Light
  4. Good Lovin'
  5. Milkin' In
  6. Eel River