According to the Google description, Long Island, New York is “an expansive, densely populated island in southeastern New York State, stretching east from New York City.” A population of over seven million people inhabit Long Island, and yet Ryan Meyers, the brainchild behind alternative/emo rock act Figure Eight, stands out among them. So much so, that Ryan has returned for another chat with us. (Check out our previous episode with him, #80, here.)
The last time we spoke with Meyers, Figure Eight was getting ready to release their EP, Forever, back in February 2017. Time has passed, the lineup has changed. Life has changed. And out of that change, Meyers has created Any Given Flower, Figure Eight’s debut album, a ten-track journey through the boundaries of human emotion. In the press release announcing the album, Meyers was quoted: “Any Given Flower is a collection of songs I wrote during a two year period of my life that deal a lot with the pain of loneliness, being young and struggling with identity and purpose.”
Pulling influence from the 90s emo wave that brought bands like American Football, The Get Up Kids, and Basement to the forefront of the genre, Meyers brings forth music that evokes a genre that he grew up with, and it unquestionably shows throughout this record.
For The Record chatted with Ryan about the making of Figure Eight’s debut album, the first single from that album, “Oyster Days”, and the way he believes his songwriting has progressed over the last couple of years.
Any Given Flower, the debut album from Figure Eight, will be available on May 24th. To pre-order the album, visit figureeight.bandcamp.com.
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