Reigning Sound announce the release of their first album for Merge and their first full LP since 2009’s Love and Curses. Shattered will be released on July 15th via Merge. Stream the first single “Falling Rain” above.
The band’s principal songwriter/member is Greg Cartwright, who’s been leading the shifting cast of characters since 2001. You may be familiar with some of the band’s work, as this album is preceded by five studio efforts as well as numerous EPs and live records. Or perhaps some of Greg’s other projects have been on your musical radar: The Oblivians, Parting Gifts, Compulsive Gamblers, ’68 Comeback,Deadly Snakes, Detroit Cobras.
Through many line-up changes and mood swings, the central, constant feature is the way Greg writes songs. This particular embodiment of the band includes longtime keyboardist DaveAmels, who joined the band seven years ago when Reigning Sound recorded an album, consisting mostly of Cartwright’s songs, with formerShangri-Las lead singer Mary Weiss.
Dave proved to be key in putting together the current line-up as well. About three years ago, Greg was asked to make a promotional EP for Scion. Recordings were set to take place in Nashville where he had lined up two local friends to round out the band, but as fate would have it, both had to bow out at the last minute. Luckily, Mike Catanese, Benny Trokan, and Mikey Post—Dave Amels’ bandmates in Brooklyn soul group The Jay Vons—were up for the task. The four flew to Nashville, learned the songs, and recorded them with Greg in a couple of days. Thus was born the group that you hear on Shattered. They’ve been touring and playing together ever since.
The album was recorded at Daptone’s Brooklyn studio (where drummer Mikey works in the office) and engineered by Wayne Douglas.
1. North Cackalacky Girl
2. Never Coming Home
3. Falling Rain
4. If You Gotta Leave
5. You Did Wrong
6. Once More
7. My, My
8. Starting New
9. Baby It’s Too Late
10. In My Dreams
11. I’m Trying (to Be the Man You Need)
5/22 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
5/23 Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
5/24 Baltimore, MD @ OttoBar
5/25 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
7/02 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
7/03 Los Angeles, CA @ The Church on York
7/05 Oakland, CA @ Mosswood Park Amphitheater (Burger Boogaloo)
7/06 Seattle, WA @ Neumos
7/08 Portland, OR @ Dante’s
7/24 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle (Merge 25)
7/25 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
7/26 Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight