Beaverton-based band to celebrate new album at Gemini Bar
A trio with members who have close ties to Beaverton will celebrate the release of their sophomore album, "No Days Be Wasted," with a no-holds barred performance at the Gemini Bar & Grill in Lake Oswego on Friday, Nov. 11.
Metts Ryan Collins' new 10-track album, a power blues-rock collection, will debut their newest effort at 8 p.m. at the bar, 56 N. State St.
Geoff Metts, the band's lead singer and guitarist, said he's pleased with the group's latest effort, recorded mostly at Primal Recording Studio in Portland.
That includes the album's title track, which was recorded using a mobile recording system at a home on the coast, said Metts, who lives and owns a business in Beaverton.
With Metts Ryan Collins having been together for many years and having played hundreds of shows together, Metts was confident they could pull off something that sounded cool, and do so rather quickly.
Album engineer and producer Kevin Hahn thought as much, telling the band he wanted "to capture something like 'lightning in a bottle,'" recalled Metts.
"We went out there and wrote a song and recorded it in the same, like 48-hour time frame," Metts said, describing the song as an acoustic-stomp song. "It was just fun and we made it up right on the spot so it was really cool."
Getting to the coast on a Friday night, Metts and fellow band members — bassist Dain Ryan and drummer Mike Collins — made some dinner before working on the song around the dinner table. By the next morning, they had an arrangement and by Sunday morning it was complete.
"It was very immersive. It's the only thing we did while we were there," said Metts, whose promotional material says the band "exemplifies a power-trio, delivering loud, guitar-driven rock with heavy blues influences." Those influences include classic bands like the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin to more recent bands such as The White Stripes and Black Keys.
One thing Metts likes on the title track "No Days Be Wasted" is the full effect of drummer Collins' drums after they were placed in the beach house living room with mics placed in a loft area overhead and a vaulted ceiling that provided a big sound.
While drummer Collins said his favorite song off the new album might be different at any given time, he's particularly fond of "Back to Sleep."
"It kind of encompasses everything we do. There's a lot of melody. There's a lot of blues. There's a lot of grit," said Collins, a Beaverton High School graduate who purchased his first drum kit from money earned delivering the Beaverton Valley Times back in the days of paperboys on bikes. "We all get to show off our musicianship to a certain degree, I guess, and Geoff's vocals are incredible on it and we get to harmonize. So, to me it kind of encompasses our sound."
Another favorite song on the "No Days Be Wasted" album is a straight-ahead blues number called "Back to Sleep," with bass player Ryan coming up with the riff. The song was one of the first the band wrote post-pandemic, after not seeing each other in person for several months.
Ryan said it was simply a riff he heard in his head, noting that he will often compose in his head while driving and later go home and work it out.
"I always mess around with riffs," said Ryan, a Tualatin resident who has a Beaverton-based business.
No stranger to the studio, the band released its first self-titled album in 2014 with a four-song EP. Next, they put together another four-song EP that was later expanded into the full-length album, "Homegrown," in 2018.
Metts said he's are looking forward to playing at the Gemini, with the band having performed there extensively with their second band, Ants in the Kitchen. That band focuses on cover songs and includes an additional singer along with a three-piece horn section.
"What we wanted to do on Nov. 11 was just throw like a big party for ourselves and play some music and we got some friends that are going to guest with us and some friends that are going to play a set to kind of warm up the crowd and we knew that it would pack out," said Metts. "It's a fun place."
So optimistic are they about capturing the vibe at the venue that Metts said they hope to record the evening for a live album.
"No Days Be Wasted" can be streamed at mettsryancollins.bandcamp.com/releases.
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