Reigning Sound

Shattered is Reigning Sound’s first album for Merge and the first full LP by the group since 2009’s Love and Curses.

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. 

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The official Merge Records Hopscotch 2014 Line-Up is here!

We aren't the only ones celebrating a big anniversary this year! Hopscotch Festival celebrates 5 years this week and they've enlisted many Merge artists to help them party. The schedule is below, along with our annual listening party hosted by our friends at Foundation on Thursday afternoon from 4-6pm.

Thursday Sept 4
4-6pm - Merge Records listening party @ Foundation
11:00pm - Saint Rich @ Tir Na Nog
12:30am - Reigning Sound @ Pour House

Friday Sept 5

12:30pm - Jenks Miller (of Mount Moriah) and Rose Cross NC @ Kings (Three-Lobed/WXDU Day Party)
4:00pm - Pipe @ Slim's (outside) (Chuchkey/Layabout/BCBB Day Party)
4:45pm - Spider Bags @ Slim's (inside) (Chuchkey/Layabout/BCBB Day Party)
11:30pm - Flesh Wounds @ Slim's

Saturday Sept 6

3:00pm - Flesh Wounds @ Kings (Orange County Social Club Day Party)
4:00pm - Ex Hex @ Warehouse District (Shindigs Babes in Boyland)

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Watch Reigning Sound's music video for "Never Coming Home" on Noisey

In conjunction with a thorough interview, Noisey has premiered Reigning Sound's first music video from Shattered, "Never Coming Home". It beautifully captures the band during their run of West Coast dates earlier in July.



Director Jonny Look on the video:
Reigning Sound, and Greg Cartwright in general, has been touring for years. That’s sustainable because Cartwright brings a ferocity that instantly connects with his audience—his live shows are incredible. I wanted to capture that, as well as the never-ending cycle of tour that continues on and on and eventually cannot be held down to a certain place and time. His music is out of time; there’s a nostalgia to it, even when it’s contemporary. In creating this video, my goal was to harmonize his energy and style into a piece created from footage filmed just a few weeks ago, but that would be indistinguishable from a performance that took place 10 years ago. The time is different, but the pieces are the same.

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Stream Reigning Sound's Shattered this week on Grantland, more fall dates announced

Shattered, Reigning Sound’s first album for Merge and the first full-length release by the group since 2009’s Love and Curses, is in stores July 15 but can be streamed in its entirety now on Grantland. Accompanying the stream is an interview feature on Greg Cartwright and the band.

Of Shattered, Grantland writes:
"Instead of the loose, hard-charging, and guitar-centric rock of Reigning Sound’s previous records, on Shattered Cartwright has moved toward the seductive strings and tinkling keyboards of prime early-’70s soul. (It’s no surprise that Shattered was recorded at the Brooklyn studio of Daptone Records, the indie label known for traditionalist soul’s current queen, Sharon Jones, and birthing Back to Black.)"

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