I first heard of Ryan Bales Band a few years ago after discovering that they had covered a Mike McClure song on their first Album. I bought the CD and it quickly became one of my favorites. Unfortunately, the band broke up at about the same time, so I wan't able to experience the music live until about a year ago, with the new band. Their live show is amazing. I've been waiting patiently for some new music and I certainly was not disappointed with Survival. Ryan has a unique sound and very solid songwriting skills. I'm sure this album will become an instant favorite as well.