Singer/Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Struck grew up in Northern New Jersey, cutting his teeth in various punk and hardcore bands through his teen years and early 20s. Over time, varied musical interests influenced him to write songs deemed unfit for such an abrasive format. The songs blended musical elements of pop, emo revival, and folk, while still propagating the confrontational lyrical spirit of punk and hardcore. Reluctant to coin himself as a solo artist, Scary Hours was conceptualized with the intent of writing stripped down acoustic songs that could feature a revolving door of guest musicians either live or in future studio releases.
Scary Hours found its home with New Jersey label Pyrrhic Victory Recordings when several self-produced "demos" were sent to the label. The PVR team felt the recordings candidly seized the true spirit of the songs, thus plans for a release were quickly hashed out.
The two selections from the upcoming self-produced Scary Hours full length paint a bleak landscape of a defeated individual searching for meaning in the shadow of the New York skyline. The lyrics are unabashedly grim and sarcastically self-deprecating, yet, somehow playful; Ryan conveys a profound desolation while managing to poke fun at himself.
Bid a warm welcome to PVR's very own Scary Hours. The introductory release "Live To Serve/Serve To Live" will be available 5/22 with a really nice Limited Edition 7" Picture Lathe Cut along with an additional digital track from the upcoming Scary Hours full length.
Check out Scary Hours' recent live performance and interview on the Signal to Noise show on 89.1fm WFDU also featuring CJ Ramone: