Tuesday, September 22, 2015

YouTube Channel Profile Series: freakwoog's Channel

It's now time for this month's YouTube Channel Profile, our monthly feature spotlighting 1-3 randomly selected YouTube channels with at least 50% of their content focused on local metal, hard rock, and/or punk concerts and artists! This month's random choice is a talented musician who you may recognize from a number of local and regional hard rock bands, so here's this month's YouTube Channel Profile!
freakwoog's Channel (http://www.youtube.com/freakwoog)

Owner: Ex-Elipzis/RedStone Riot bassist & Riot! By Night frontman Ryan Harrison, currently known as the guitarist in the Muskegon duo R&R Acoustic

Channel Timeline: Launched on August 26th, 2008; Videos posted from March 24th, 2010 until March 5th, 2013

Channel Summary: This channel was used largely as a source for prolific local hard rock musician Ryan Harrison's covers of modern rock songs (14 in total) with him on vocals & guitar, though there are also two extra non-musical videos from 2012: this one of him spinning baskets, and this one of bandmate/fiancee Rachel Kiger's cute encounter with his cat. Many of the covers are of a personal nature, or tie back to his earliest learned songs.

Why Should You Watch: This is a solid source to check out a side of Ryan's musical talents that, until R&R Acoustic's debut this year, we didn't often see compared to his live bass work. Fans of Ryan's 2009-2010 hard rock band Riot! By Night (one of the short-lived successors to Absolute) may enjoy these especially, as no public videos survive of Ryan with that band, so if you want to hear him sing similar material, here you go! However, Ryan has since stopped actively updating this channel, and with his nice beard in tow, has posted new acoustic covers on a newer self-titled channel since February of this year, so keep that in mind for subscribing.

Our Recommended Videos To Check Out:

Evans Blue- Over (acoustic cover) by ryan: The first and most viewed video on Ryan's old channel comes from one of five covers he filmed on four different occasions in his then-kitchen in the spring of 2010. Joining covers of Sister Hazel's "Starfish", Matchbox 20's "Hang", Coheed & Cambria's "Wake Up", and Butch Walker's "Joan", this rendition of Evans Blue's "Over" shows his vocal ability and musical knowledge well, and in this form, it reminds me a bit of Benjamin Burnley's singing style! However, the video quality on these isn't as crisp looking as on some later postings.

Ugly Side - Blue October *cover*: After a two+ year break from new video uploads, Ryan (who had moved from Sault Michigan to Muskegon the previous year) posted three new covers on his channel on November 1st, 2012, including Matchbox 20's "Push", Marvelous 3's "Cigarette Lighter Love Song", and this cover of Blue October's "Ugly Side". Showcasing a higher and more melodic singing voice on this rendition, this and the other two postings were a nice indicator of some of his favourite influences, and the videos are a little smoother than what was filmed in 2010!

Breath -Breaking Benjamin *cover*: Ryan's last six videos on this channel come from his two "pajama sessions" in late February and early March 2013, including covers of Paolo Nutini's "Last Request", Story of the Year's "Anthem of Our Dying Day", Counting Crows' "Round Here", Blue October's "Worry List", Butch Walker's "ATL", and this cover of Breaking Benjamin's "Breath". Now featuring title cards, these are constant in quality otherwise from Ryan's 2012 postings, but fans of modern alternative and hard rock should like his renditions here, and it would be neat to see him fronting a band again! Remember to visit his newer channel for new covers!

I hope you guys liked this month's YouTube Channel Profile! Next month in this series, our random selection will be RedDMonkeyMusic's channel, an official channel for the now-defunct local hardcore punk trio that features seven videos from four concerts in their February 2011 Ontario tour run, so look for that on or around October 22nd!

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