Dropping Anchor


It’s short and sweet

“Ireland is funny, because it’s so small population wise,” explains Marty Ryan, the man, heart and soul behind Limerick based indie-emo-pop act, Anna’s Anchor; “There’s a great national Irish pop punk/emo scene that is partly based in Dublin, but it’s really a network of people spread throughout the country. I work hard at supporting the bands in that community, and that is also given back to me in return; I’m one of only 3 or 4 Irish artists from that scene really trying to push my music as far as it can go and tour outside of Ireland, and I feel it’s something that’s appreciated.”

Having spent all of January 2016 criss-crossing the Irish Sea to record his forthcoming debut album, Marty Ryan is now ready to begin the unveiling of the fruits of his labour, in the form of first single, ‘Signal Tower’.

Though it clocks in at under two minutes, ‘Signal Tower’ is an addictive introduction to Anna’s Anchor, Marty’s plaintive vocal melodies sitting atop a lush bed of ringing guitar chords that evoke vintage Idlewild and revered US emo acts such as Elliot and Into It Over It.

“I wrote this song while visiting a super small island off the coast of Ireland called Inishturk,”Marty recalls; “It only has a population of 50, so there was nothing to do on the island other than take a step back, which is something I’m not used to. I usually get really agitated if I’m not as productive as possible, but out there I had no choice but to take it all in. I sat down at this look out point beside an old signal tower and spent a couple of hours writing the song about that very sentiment, how I don’t give myself a break and that’s not always the best way to be for yourself, your health and loved ones. The song is about being grateful for this gift of taking a step back to think about the important things but ultimately coming to the conclusion that it won’t last for too long because it’s not the way you’re built to function.”

‘Signal Tower’ will be accompanied by a scenery hopping video, coming soon, that truly showcases Marty’s love for his Irish heritage: “Ireland is a beautiful country, I’m so proud of being from here, and being a one-man acoustic act, I’ve toured quite literally the length and breadth of it, places no punk band has ever gone before and ever will – sometimes for good reason. For this video myself and a friend said we’d go to as many landmarks as possible in 4 days. We filmed for 14 hours straight each day, travelled 1300 miles and visited 200 locations. It’s the ultimate Irish road trip incorporated into one short music video!” Keep your eyes peeled.

Catch Anna’s Anchor On The Road:  June 6th – Tí Joe Watty’s – Inis Mór, Ireland | June 9th – The Secret Garden – Galway, Ireland | June 12th – Mullarkey’s – Clifden, Ireland | June 17th – Tricky McGarigles – Sligo, Ireland | June 18th – Ursa Minor Bakehouse – BallyCastle Co.Antrim, Ireland

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