Ryan Lindsey hasnt been himself for almost two years.
The local musician and songwriter has kept busy in the interim jaunts with Starlight Mints and poppunk band Broncho have more than helped him fill the hours but its apparently high time for an accidental and slightly premature comeback.
Ive been working on my new record and thinking about doing some really stripped-down shows, Lindsey said.
When friend and former bandmate Beau Jennings approached Lindsey about opening a series of shows for him, Lindsey took the bait.
It just made sense. I put together a set, and after that, Ive said yes to other offers I would have normally turned down, Lindsey said. Im saying yes because I have some songs together that I feel comfortable playing live.
For fans of Bronchos raucous shows and listeners of Lindseys first album, 2006s White Paper Beds, this is a welcome announcement, despite drastic differences in sound and staging. Gone are the loop pedal, piano and full-band accompaniment that marked many previous performances. Also gone, at least for the time being, are the songs fans are used to hearing. Although tracks like the standalone single, Lets Go Out, found commercial success from use in advertisements, television shows and film soundtracks, dont expect to hear them onstage anytime soon.
Those songs made it hard to play just a guitar live, Lindsey said. I have a new record, and with these songs, its easier to pick up a guitar and convey the general idea.
With that in mind, recent shows like Tuesdays at Opolis, include only Lindsey, a microphone and an acoustic guitar.
I knew the shows with Beau would be quiet environments, and that guitar setup worked great, so when I played (Norman Music Festival), I did the same thing, he said. But its a festival, and people were loud. I just closed my eyes and tried to get through it. It was awkward.
Fitting, since awkward humor is part of Lindseys shtick, both onstage and off. His self-deprecating and
attentive crowd interaction is the one
constant of his shows, despite that much of his new material is more
somber and certainly slower than previous work.
feel like that makes it easier to be funny. I can relax and be calm,
and it makes it easier to talk to people, he said. For a while with
Broncho, it was hard to talk to people because the energy is so
different, but between those songs, I still try to make a connection
with the crowd.
Lindseys new material is received, its best that listeners dont get
too anxious. His sophomore album is, as of yet, unfinished, although he
said things are progressing quickly on this leg of the production
I already had an entire
record, but I felt weird about it, he said. It didnt make sense the
way I thought it was going to make sense in my head ... so I cut half
the record it felt like a different album and started writing new
songs that made sense with the other half. Im in a better place.
that record on the horizon and a full-length Broncho album nearing
official release as well, Lindseys plate is full and his future bright,
if still a little uncertain.
have a lot of material Im just ready to get out there, Lindsey said.
I have a goal somewhere in mind, but I live my life without a direct
plan. Things change so much. It makes more sense for me to do what Im
doing and see what comes out of it. Im all right with it. I make sense
of it, at least. Im happy.