San Diegan Ryan Ferguson grew up in the '80s and was a songwriter by the seventh grade. In the '90s, he was a member of the Southern California band, No Knife, boasting tours with Jimmy Eat World and Sunny Day Real Estate.
Now in the 2000s, Ferguson is recording as a solo artist and has a new album entitled, Only Trying To Help. The album shows his love of hook-filled power pop and aggressive modern rock; influences range from Jellyfish to Wire.
"We take a knife and cut out pieces that don't seem right" he sings on the chorus of "Remission." This subtle ode to his old band proves that he's carved out a comfortable niche of his own and is ready to fly solo.