The Ritualists, Greko, Savage Hearts
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
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“And I'm hearing you say, not enough is OK. Well, its not...I'm with the Painted People,” quips lead vocalist, Christian Dryden of NYC-based, The Ritualists. Dryden, who fronts the band and writes the
songs is something of an anachronism; A multi-instrumentalist who relishes the performance aspects of a live show, while also challenging his audience with lyrics that reference 19th Century Romance poetry &
musical arrangements flush with ornate, art-rock sensibilities.
“Ice Flower,” the first single off the debut record, encapsulate this tension. The track finds its foundation in a repetitive bass groove before bursting into a sea of expansive guitar lines. The chorus then rips through these spacey textures and frantic tones, as Dryden stretches his voice, octave-jumping and navigating the listener through this controlled chaos with an impassioned, melodic hook.
Now, after a few years of paying their dues, finding their unique voices, and gaining traction in the NYC underground community, The Ritualists are announcing their debut full-length album, PAINTED PEOPLE (out August 2nd on Out of Line Music), showcasing their unflinching combination of post punk ethos, arena rock ready choruses and psychedelic freak-outs.
Greko is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and DJ from New York City. He began his professional career in 2010 as a session and touring musician. He was one of the main songwriters and performers of the 2019 World Pride anthem #LIFTEMUP. Joining forces with artists Sharon Needles, Debbie Harry, Peppermint & Amanda Lepore. Streaming proceeds of the song are donated to LGBTQ+ charities around the world.