In advance of the release of Shattered, their upcoming full-length, Reigning Sound reveal their latest track, “My My”. Greg Cartwright said it best: “If this song was wrapped in a package and had a card attached, the card would read: ‘Do not open until summer.’”
Reigning Sound will kick off the west coast leg of their tour on July 1st in San Diego. Greg Cartwright will be doing three solo in-store performances at record stores in Nashville (Fond Object), Memphis (Goner Records)and Greenville (Horizon Records) leading up to the release date. The complete tour dates are as follows:
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)
7/02 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
7/03 Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
7/05 Oakland, CA @ Mosswood Park Amphitheater (Burger Boogaloo)
7/06 Seattle, WA @ Neumos
7/08 Portland, OR @ Dante’s
7/11 Nashville, TN @ Fond Object (7pm FREE in-store [Greg Cartwright solo])
7/12 Memphis, TN @ Goner Records (5pm FREE in-store [Greg Cartwright solo])
7/15 Greenville, SC @ Horizon Records (7pm FREE in-store [Greg Cartwright solo])
7/24 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle (Merge 25)
7/25 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
7/26 Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
8/28 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
8/30 Asheville, NC @ Transfigurations II: Harvest at 10
8/31 Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
9/01 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
9/02 Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
9/04–06 Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Festival
Shattered is Reigning Sound’s first album for Merge and their first full-length album since 2009’s Love and Curses. It will be released on July 15th and can be pre-ordered now.
Greg Cartwright has led the shifting cast of characters in Reigning Sound since 2001. You may already be familiar with the band’s past work, as this album is preceded by five studio efforts as well as numerous EPs and live records. Or perhaps you have crossed paths with some of Greg’s other musical endeavors such as The Oblivians,Parting Gifts, Compulsive Gamblers, ’68 Comeback, Deadly Snakes, and Detroit Cobras to name more than a few.
For the uninitiated, Shattered is as good a place to start as any because 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 Dave Amels, who joined the band seven years ago when Reigning Sound recorded an album, consisting mostly of Cartwright’s songs, with former Shangri-Las lead singer Mary Weiss.
The album was recorded at Daptone’s Brooklyn studio (where drummer Mikey works) and masterfully engineered by Wayne Gordon. The recordings are warm and punchy, a mixed bag of rockers, ballads, and something in between. There are only 11 songs on the album, but the band reckons it’s just right.