You may know drummer Dylan Ryan more for his work with Cursive, Icy Demons and Chicago's Herculaneum -- he's also in an L.A. electro band called Rainbow Arabia these days -- but he's also got his own outfit called Dylan Ryan/Sand, which just released its second record and has hit the road.
The band, which also includes guitarist Timothy Young (who has worked with David Sylvian, Reggie Watts and Wayne Horvitz) and bassist Devin Hoff (Nels Cline Singers, Yoko Ono, Cibo Matto), and plays what it says, "ranges from incendiary proto-metal-esque solos to sludge-trodden group play."
As part of its tour for "Circa" -- which follows the debut, "Sky Bleached" -- the trio lands at Sugar Maple in Bay View on Monday, Nov. 3.
Here are some tasters for you to check out:
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.