The Philadelphia based duo DRGN King has announced the October 28th release of their sophomore full-length album on Bar None Records. Titled Baltimore Crush, the new LP has front man Dominic Angelella telling his story of growing up in Baltimore, MD. The narrative takes the listener on trip through time and all from the point of view of the disenfranchised youth who are trying to make it on their own terms while still having fun. Angelella is joined in everything DRGN King by producer, bandmate and longtime musical collaborator Brent Reynolds.
Baltimore Crush, unlike their debut album Paragraph Nights, was recorded over time and distance. Dom did most of his writing while on the road and when not on tour, he spent hours in the studio with Brent to further hash out the songs. Reynold’s deconstructed sounds were fed back to the rest of the band who perfected the songs as the tour rolled on. Angelella and Brent then re-worked the new material at Kawari Sound, a studio built in a century-old carriage house in rural Pennsylvania. Angelella’s singing and guitar playing is only matched by Reynolds’s mastery on the keyboard and it’s all anchored by the percussion section made up of drummer Joe Baldacci and bass player Steve Montenegro.
Dom and Brent’s connection goes back to 2010 when the two first met at a chance recording session that paired Angelella’s DIY (Hop Along) with Reynolds hip-hop track production skills (The Roots, Mac Miller). They instantly clicked and started to work together and in January 2013 they released their debut DRGN King album – Paragraph Nights – via Bar None Records.
DRGN King spent most of 2013 on the road in support of their debut LP. Continuing with his DIY ethos, Angelella booked all the band’s tours landing slots for them on this year’s Firefly Festival in Dover, DE as well as WXPN’s XPONENTIAL Festival in Philly.
Fall Tour Dates for DRGN King:
Sept. 19th at Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ
Sept. 20th at Heirloom Arts Theatre in Danbury, CT
Sept. 21st at The Low Beat in Albany, NY
Sept. 22nd at The Red Door in Portsmouth, NH
Sept. 24th at O’Brien’s in Boston, MA
Sept. 25th at BSP in Kingston, NY
Sept. 26th at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia, PA
Sept. 27th at The Wind-up Space in Baltimore, MD
Oct. 1st at The Smiling Moose in Pittsburgh, PA
Oct. 2nd at Double Happiness in Columbus, OH
Oct. 3rd at New Dodge Lounge in Detroit, MI
Oct. 4th at Mahall’s in Cleveland, OH
Oct. 6th at MOTRpub in Cincinnati, OH
Oct. 8th at The Melody Inn in Indianapolis, IN
Oct. 9th at The Burlington Bar in Chicago, IL
Oct. 10th at Linneman’s in Milwaukee, WI
Oct. 11th at Mike and Molly’s in Champaign, IL