New York City-based roots rock outfit Ransom Pier has unleashed “Holding On,” the lead single from the band’s forthcoming debut album.
With “Holding On,” Ransom Pier embraces the fundamental elements of true American music, wielding the vintage groove of bands like Lake Street Dive and the vocal coolness of iconic songstresses like Bonnie Raitt and Dusty Springfield. “‘Holding On’ is was one of the first songs I ever wrote,” explains vocalist Hayley Harrington, who began writing after college to get through a tough time. “Songwriting, in my experience, is amazingly cathartic when it’s semi-autobiographical,” she adds. “I take a seed from my personal life, then craft a different context around it until it has grown into something else. At the time that I wrote this song, my one escape from the new pressures of a ‘real’ job was going to shows at great NYC venues, like Bowery Ballroom, Music Hall of Williamsburg and Knitting Factory. I drew off of a couple of these experiences and the people I shared them with for ‘Holding On.’”
The band showcases their skilled musicianship, thumbing their noses at the formulaic boundaries of typical songcraft, as the track readily shifts from rhythm guitar lick-driven funk to boogie woogie piano-style swing. “The song is really representative of our collaborative efforts as a band and we’re very proud of it,” says Harrington. “At our foundation, we are firmly rooted in blues, Americana, soul, and funk; we work hard to create interesting, unexpected moments in our songs to keep our audience on their toes.” Mission accomplished.
Without further ado, Mother Church Pew is proud to present “Holding On” by Ransom Pier: