Small Ruin has released their debut single 'All Is Well'.
This track is of the alternative rock genre. There is an addictive fast-paced nature about this single that I find appealing as a veteran music consumer. The verses are substantially more minimal then the chorus, which explores a heavier drum presence and a shift in the vocals. This juxtaposition is seamless and marvelous. The crisp vocals share a sense of passion and energy, as they are accompanied by the compelling riff melody and the versatile and captivating drum performance. This track also comes with a strong and powerful message that can't be ignored.
'I wrote this song as I was coming out of a particularly difficult period of mental funk in my life. It was a time when I felt the whole world was against me. My breakthrough came when it dawned on me that real life happens in the fight, on the journey, and not at the destination. '
By Small Ruin’s melodies have reached the edges of the earth as Bryan Mullis’ spontaneous travels and adventurous experiences became a staple of inspiration in his music. By Small Ruin is an anagram for Bryan Mullis, keeping his music and lifestyle as true to self as possible. Busking since high school, the college dropout has made his way across the country playing to anyone who listened. His talent and dedication lead to sharing the stage with artists like DAWES, WILD and Briston Maroney.
As a teen, one of Bryan’s favorite activities with his friends was climbing water towers and hanging upside down from the top by only their knees. Bryan was notorious for doing what he wanted, when he wanted, including sneaking out of his parent’s house and hitch-hiking a 10-hour ride to Florida to surprise his girlfriend on the beach.
More recently, Bryan’s brother almost lost his life in a car accident. Dealing with those feelings inspired his musical journey that brought him unforetold adventures. He often tells the story of being attacked in a convenience store which “lead to a full-fledged movie-like fight that included knocking over shelves and throwing beer bottles. The store was destroyed.”
From waking up to SWAT teams thinking the band’s van was owned by a nearby active shooter, to unexpectedly playing a nudist pool party of 100+ people, BSR’s thrilling lifestyle is certainly rendered in their music and performance.
This is a highly recommended single and you can listen here: