Portaferry native Ryan McMullan is now set to release his second single ‘Rebellion’ from his forthcoming album (due for release in 2020) on 6th September. Following massive demand in Australia and Asia after his Snow Patrol tour, Ryan's music label decided to release 'Rebellion' worldwide and to make this happen the release was delayed for a few weeks.
“’Rebellion' is about having to smile when it’s killing you. About doing the things we don’t want to and having to pretend and act like we do.” The song starts with a focus on the lyrics and a simple guitar melody, building to a powerfully percussive track with Ryan’s vocals gliding over the top as he sings the key line, ‘...how do you keep on pretending, when your heart’s in rebellion.’
‘Rebellion’ is a co-write with Iain Archer, who also undertook producing and mixing duties. Iain is most well-known for having co-written Snow Patrol’s classic ‘Run’, as well as having won two Ivor Novello Awards and been nominated for a third for his work with Snow Patrol, James Bay and Jake Bugg. ‘Iain is an incredible writer; one of the best in the business in my opinion, and getting to work with such an incredible writer and artist was a joy. Here’s hoping we get to do it again,’ said Ryan.
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Having just returned from opening up for Northern Irish royalty Snow Patrol on their European and American legs, Ryan again opens for the band’s shows in Australia, New Zealand and Asia, but this time with a twist. John McDaid, Snow Patrol’s piano player, recently had major neck surgery forcing him to take time out from touring. To avoid cancelling shows, the band have asked Ryan to step in as an honorary member of the band to fill in for John, a task he is delighted to undertake.
‘Rebellion’ comes hot on the heels of Ryan’s last release ‘Belfast City’, co-written with Bangor’s own Foy Vance. Ran explains, ‘I love this song’s story. I remember trying to write a song and Foy asking where my head was at. I had been on tour for quite a while and was just looking forward to going home. I was sitting in glorious Malibu, with the sun and beach surrounding me and all I wanted was to go home to Belfast. Once we figured that out, the song pretty much wrote itself.’ 'Belfast City' was released digitally on 2nd August as a thank you to his hometown fans ahead of his biggest headlining gig to date, at Belfast’s Custom House Square on 17th August, where Ryan played to a packed square.
With plaudits from the likes of Ed Sheeran, who called Ryan’s voice a ‘rare jewel’, and Gary Lightbody, who likened his voice to that of an angel, it seems that Ryan McMullan is building real momentum on the road to a lasting career.
Check out the XS Noize interview with Ryan McMullan HERE