No Coast

by Ryan Werner

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Purple Cars 02:44
Ice Tricks 02:27
"Reruns" 05:52


NO COAST was written and recorded in two short bursts: one in July of 2016 and one in June of 2017. It's the audio companion to my first chapbook, MURMURATION (2012, Passenger Side Books).

The first three tracks are from that first session, where I could only record so loud in my apartment, which I only bring up because I really like the tone I got out of my broken Peavey Rage 158 and Earthquaker Devices Palisades.

The last two tracks are from the second session, where they were written and recorded in the same day. "Everything Breaks/Everything's Broken" was not improvised, but I didn't figure out exactly how I wanted to play the song until the second or third time some of those parts came around. I think I like the narrative of that more than I'd like getting a really good take of the whole thing.

I think Micah Schreiber played some ambient bass stuff on "Purple Cars," so thanks for that, bud.


MURMURATION is a short story chapbook that was written over the course of the year 2012 when I was a janitor at a Wal-Mart in Galena, Illinois. Here's what Mary Miller (author of Big World, The Last Days of California, Always Happy Hour) said about it:

"The five stories in Ryan Werner's Murmuration, which are dedicated to the Midwest, bring me into the heart of a world where boys drive cars off cliffs and have least favorite strippers, where dreams must be revised into "necessary shapes" by playing guitar in the street at night. Ryan writes with authority, skill, and passion, not only about the Midwest, but about youth and what it means to be young."


If you download this, you will receive a PDF of MURMURATION, a lossless copy of the accompanying NO COAST album, and the audio book version of MURMURATION with the dulcet tones of NO COAST weaving in and out of their respective stories.


released June 18, 2017


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Ryan Werner Cuba City, Wisconsin

Since I can't be in Thin Lizzy, I guess I'll just make ambient music in my basement.

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