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The Sword’s Bryan Richie Launches Galactic Protector Side Project, New Song Available


With The Sword currently on hiatus, the band’s bassist/synth player Bryan Richie is the latest member of the group to embark on a new solo venture. Following in the footsteps of his bandmate guitarist Kyle Shutt, who released a new album this past May, Richie will have his own solo album “Evening” due out on June 28th through Burning Witches Records.

He’ll be releasing it under the moniker of Galactic Protector—a name drawn from the title of a 1988 Japanese Sega Master System video game. The project is a step outside of the rock genre with mentions of ‘melancholic IDM’ and ‘electronic dream pop’ being thrown around in a press release for the record.

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A video for an eponymous track from the project has been launched below. As for how it all came together, Richie offered up the following explanation:

“I started demoing out song ideas for the next Sword full length almost immediately after the album cycle for our album ‘High Country‘ was finished.

While we were recording ‘Used Future‘, and as my band mates would be recording overdubs, I’d be tracking keys or processing midi in another room!

Some of the pieces I was writing were really exciting to me but most definitely not potential Sword songs, although the song that I wrote using Jimmy‘s [Vela, The Sword drummer] drums, called ‘Intermezzo‘ did end up on ‘Used Future‘.

I kept writing and writing and eventually I had a grip of tracks — performed, programmed and recorded by myself — that led me to entertain the idea of a solo album, and Galactic Protector was born.”

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