March 07, 2016

Ronan Conroy: Not a Part of Anything

Ronan Conroy is slowly gravitating towards the musical heroes of his adolescence. His third solo album Not a Part of Anything takes a bow to The Cure and Hüsker Dü, with wall–to–wall bass, guitar and drums, but there is still room for a heartfelt ballad like Memory Afterbirth in which he is wearing his Irishness proudly upon his sleeve.

Conroy can play up a storm on both acoustic and electric guitar and he brushed up on his breathing techniques allowing him to hang on the note without losing volume. Whether he is doing a bold call-to-arms rock songs like Terms and You Little So-and-So or goes for a South-of-the-border tinged putdown song (Driving South), passion is always reigning supreme.

Conroy has managed to bottle the energy from his days with hard-hitting folk rock band The Listeners and mixed it up with his love for alternative Eighties rock. Not a Part of Anything might be an album about disappointment, but Conroy's bravado and musicianship turn it into a clear winner.

Ronan Conroy: vocals, guitar, backing vocals
Charles Nieland: bass, synths, piano, backing vocals
Justin Wierbonksi: drums
Chealsea Conroy: drums

Not a Part of Anything is a self-released album. Buy it from his website. Release date: March 10th.

  1. Apart
  2. Terms
  3. Fire Escape
  4. Driving South
  5. Thursday's Song
  6. You Little So-and-So
  7. The Promise
  8. Capitulation Advance
  9. Song #1
  10. Step by Step
  11. Stop Talking
  12. Memory Afterbirth
  13. Not a Part of Anything


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