Having pushed back the release of his highly anticipated major label debut 11:59 from June to late July, singer/songwriter Ryan Star is preparing to release a four song EP digitally to tide fans over until the album drops later this summer. The EP entitled "Last Train Home EP" is due out on iTunes and Amazon June 16th.
“I wanted to make sure the fans had some music because they have been waiting a long time,” Star told Alternative Addiction about the reason for releasing the EP. “It will be four songs from the album, just to have something out there right now, because I am jonesing for people to have some music in their hands.”
Of the four tracks on the EP, aside from the single “Last Train Home,” Star says the other featured tracks for the EP have not been chosen yet, but he says the tracks will include songs of Star’s that have been in TV and movies.
“People have heard those tracks, at least bits and pieces of them, so I want to make sure fans can have them for real,” explained Star. “Then the rest will be a big surprise when the album comes out.”
Star is currently on tour with David Cook through mid-July. Even as an opening act Star says that fans have responded to his music, especially on sites like Facebook and Twitter, which Star remains very connected on.
“It feels really cool to be in this output mode you can play a song and five minutes later have all your fans respond,” said Star. “It’s a pretty amazing relationship and the kind of music I play has always been trying to speak to as many people as possible.”
Having a strong desire to get his music to the masses, Star is anxious to get his music release, but knows that he has to be patient and let his label give the album proper promotion prior to its release.
“The days of throwing it to the wall and seeing what stays are long gone, [in the past] they threw so much to the wall that a lot of people got screwed,” said Star. “I think that is what happened with Stage, no one worked that.”
Stage is of course Star’s previous band that was signed to Maverick in 2001, only to break up years later after lack luster sales of their debut album due in large part to poor promotion. Rather than make the same mistake again, Star understands the importance of properly promoting an album prior to its release.
“This is a better way in my opinion, and I think everyone will appreciate it in the end.”
The release of Star’s debut solo album, 11:59 is tentatively set for release on July 28.
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