Hold tight rock fans, you’re in for a treat. London-based rocker, Ryan Webb, is releasing his latest album on 9th June and it’s a scorcher.
Stop the World comprises nine tracks of unadulterated, guitar-fuelled energy. Ryan’s toneful vocals play out against a backdrop of well-crafted riffs, subtle reverb and thumping drum work. The album balances well and delivers a guitar led, pure rock sound that avoids the temptation of straying into cliché territory. Our promo copy hasn’t stopped spinning since it arrived.
Let’s get it out there straight away – Ryan can play. But for me, his rich voice and effortless ability to control each ranging note is what makes his music, and Stop the World in particular, stand out. This album doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not – it’s a thoroughbred example of British rock music that’s been tied together to a very high standard thanks to the mastering wizardry of Pete Maher, who will be well known to those in the industry.
Stop the World finds its feet immediately with Insomnia, a dark lament to sleepless nights that piles in with hard guitar and deep drumming. It’s a blazing track, built around tormenting riffs and vocals that create a perfect nightmare of a song. Impressive. Runaway steps things back a notch, delivering a well-crafted ballad that tells the tale of a relationship stuttering under the pressures of reality. It feels genuine and refreshingly understated, proving to be a fine showcase for Ryan’s inimitable vocals.
The title track, Stop the World, throws up a little something different and stands out amongst the other eight tracks on the album. Sneering vocals and a change of pace could deceive you into thinking this was a long-lost Oasis demo. Lively and edgy, it will appeal to indie kids and seasoned rock fans alike.
As the album settles into its mid-section, the themes that presumably inspired the title push to the fore. It also slides back into a more traditional rock approach. The gutsy My Religion draws on contentious social issues with a combination of sharp lyrics subtle rock guitar. Lucky Ones thrills with a modern twist on old-school metal, with thumping beats and frantic fretwork creating a hugely moshable track, and In a Day or Two delivers an accessible track with an anthemic chorus that we can all relate to.
Before I Die is a thought provoking, melodic ballad that takes a break from the fierce guitar playing that’s prevalent across the album. It’s reflective, pensive and emotional. But it’s back to rock with the catchy Guilty. The final track on the album is the ghostly Immortal, which sees Ryan deliver a dreamy, echoing vocal that contemplates the everlasting and provides one last chance to show off his machine gun riffs and musical creativity.
Stop the World is a must listen for rock fans and a launch gig is in the pipeline, so keep an eye out and get yourself along to show your support. If you can’t make it in person, follow him on social media and be sure to download the album on 9th June. In the meantime, check out the links below: