Reigning Sound is back! We are thrilled to announce the release of Shattered, their first album for Merge and their first full LP since 2009’s Love and Curses. SPIN Magazine premiered "Falling Rain" Monday, describing its, "Dylan-esque vocals that coalesce with roller-rink-ready organ." Stream it below:
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.
Regardless, as far as Reigning Sound is concerned, this 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.
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, and Shattered proves that the musical union is both exciting and consistent for fans of Cartwright’s songwriting.
The album was recorded at Daptone’s Brooklyn studio (where drummer Mikey works in the office) 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.
Catch Reigning Sound at Merge 25 (tickets still available for their Thursday performance), or at one of their shows in May and July. Shattered will be released on July 15 and can be pre-ordered now in the Merge store.
Reigning Sound on tour:
May 22 Brooklyn, NY — Brooklyn Bowl
May 23 Boston, MA — Middle East Downstairs
May 24 Baltimore, MD — OttoBar
May 25 Philadelphia, PA — Underground Arts
Jul 02 San Diego, CA — Soda Bar
Jul 03 Los Angeles, CA — The Church on York
Jul 05 Oakland, CA — Mosswood Park Amphitheater (Burger Boogaloo)
Jul 06 Seattle, WA — Neumos
Jul 08 Portland, OR — Dante's
Jul 24 Carrboro, NC — Cat’s Cradle (Merge 25)
Jul 25 Atlanta, GA — The Earl
Jul 26 Asheville, NC — The Mothlight