Home is a concept album. The entirety of the storyline takes place over a two week period during a summer in Cape Breton. The 9 songs, told from 3 different perspectives, tell the chronological tale of coming home, youth, summer love, and ultimately lost love. A father — longing for what he left behind — returns to his hometown after moving to San Francisco for work. A young “local” boy falls for his daughter, a short romance ensues, and the romance dies upon her inevitable return home.
The album captures the energy and spirit of a youthful summer and coming of age. It’s a soundtrack for the summer, relatable and, most importantly during the current locked down world we live in: FUN. It’s a time before internet and social media, when you talked face to face or on a landline you prayed wasn’t answered by cross-examining parents.
ALBUM CREDITS Mike Ryan - Guitar, Vocals, Bass, Piano Bruce Gillis - Drums, Percussion
Albert Lionais - Trumpet on Queen and White Knuckled Tori Cameron - Bass on The Jam Aaron Green - Guitar on The Jam
Produced by Mike Ryan. Recorded at Lakewind Sound Studios (Mike Shepherd), Hot Jupiter Sounds (Mike Ryan) and Codapop Studios (Jason Jenkyns) Mixed by Mike Ryan at Hot Jupiter Sounds. Queen mixed by Nico Essig in Los Angeles.
Cover photo provided by Janice Ferguson Layout by Julia Ryan