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In the band: Ryan Kennedy

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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Rutgers chapter.

From acoustic guitar to auto-tune, Spard does it all. Ryan Kennedy, a School of Arts and Sciences freshman and Ned Singh of Ithaca College have collaborated their musical and creative talent to create the best-kept secret within the acoustic progressive rock genre. This unsigned band is an acoustic project expertly crafted together by two best friends, which offers a variety of sounds all in one. Their exclusive sound shows that they are fans of surprising their listeners while showcasing featured vocalists, sound effects and a surprisingly twisted storyline that their songs follow. Ryan Kennedy tells HC that Spard has professionally recorded a song called 10:23, their oldest and most popular song, but they are releasing a home-recorded and produced EP that will be available on iTunes as well as Purevolume within the next few months. I got a chance to speak with Ryan on campus, and got the scoop on his band and what they’re up to. Ryan plays guitar, piano, and sings. The other member of Spard, Ned, goes to Ithaca College for Music Engineering and he also plays piano, plays guitar and sings.

“We consider ourselves acoustic, progressive rock. We aim for catchy choruses and meaningful lyrics. Although we cant sing as high, Coheed in Cambria has been one of our biggest influences. But even more so, Jason Lancaster, former singer and songwriter of Mayday Parade and current member of Go Radio is our biggest influence. We even got a chance to meet him just outside his tour bus and had a ten-minute conversation with him,” Ryan said.

Ryan admits that forming new music is something he loves to do with one of his best friends. “It’s a good way to relax and have some fun,” he said.

Get ready for their new EP to be released within the next few weeks. Check them out at purevolume.com/spard