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Western awaits release of ‘Mercy on the Loudspeaker’

Alternative singer and songwriter Ryan Lombard released his first single, “Our Sinking Ship,”on March 6, leaving listeners eager for the debut of his full album “Mercy on the Loudspeaker,” set to release April 24.

Lombard’s first album will include artwork from several Missouri Western students and alumni, including album cover art digitally designed by Maddy Haws and Carl Bisenius. The album will also include musical features of brass, piano and various background tracks by Jacob Kroesen, Mark Stone, Anna Sublette, Sky Lux, Max Hudson and Caleb Fankhauser.

The Ankeny, Iowa, native describes his music as a balancing act of worldly input and personal intuition.

“The music is about balancing noise and beauty, and I think that life as a 21-year-old is super overwhelming. You have a lot of information being thrown at you with a lot of hard decisions to make and everyone seems to have an opinion for you,” Lombard said. “There is a great input of noise and I think our generation wants to do something great – like as we go forward, I think we have this optimism about us. There is just that conflict between the noise and the want for something beautiful and I try to blend those two elements, for better or for worse, throughout the album.”

In addition to producing his own music and playing lead guitar for the indie rock band Ellesello, Lombard recently started his own record company with his childhood best friend Darren Hushak. Heliograph Records is an idependant record company dedicated to producing new alternative and indie artists. Although this record label has only been active for two years, Lombard has great expectations for the future of the label.

“Down the road the main thing I want to do with my life is write albums, produce great music as a part of the label and maybe work to produce records for other musicians,” Lombard said.

Lombard will be hosting a release show for his new album April 24 at the Paradox Theatre, featuring special performances by Foxlin and Scruffy and the Janitors. Tickets will cost $7 for Missouri Western students with a valid I.D. and $10 for the general public, with the show starting at 7 p.m.  The album can also be found digitally on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play as well as albums sold at all shows.


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