Mating Ritual

The High Watt Nashville

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 8:00 PM - 1:00 AM

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Mating Ritual is an independent pop duo based in Los Angeles, CA. Previously known as Pacific
Air, Ryan Marshall Lawhon founded Mating Ritual in 2014 when his brother Taylor decided to
go back to school. Though initially a solo project, Mating Ritual becam
e increasingly more
collaborative leading up to his debut album, 2017’s
How You Gonna Stop It?
, released on Ryan’s
own label, Smooth Jaws. Working heavily with other LA songwriters and artists, including
ascending pop singer Lizzy Land, the brothers realiz
ed they missed creating music as a duo and
immediately began work on Mating Rituals sophomore album, Light Myself On Fire.
Blending Taylor’s love of 80’s synth pop with Ryan’s post punk infatuation, Light Myself On
Fire is a darker, grittier record that
shows the brothers refining their individual talents from a
much grander and more unified statement. Written entirely after midnight (with the exception of
one noticeably sunny tune), these 9 songs talk about maturation and commitment. “Committing
to anyth
ing long term can be difficult,” says Ryan “Boredom and complacency set in, and while
change can be a good thing, using it as a crutch will just bring you back to the same place,
feeling emptier than before. This album is about learning that the grass is n
ot always greener,
that the next fleeting dopamine rush won’t solve everything. In a weird way, I think this my
better
-
late
-
than

never coming of age record”

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