New from ex-Memphian Greg Cartwright and his Reigning Sound, getting accolades everywhere- even the Wall Street Journal! Will ship on 7/15
01. North Cackalacky Girl
02. Never Coming Home
03. Falling Rain
04. If You Gotta Leave
05. You Did Wrong
06. Once More
07. My, My
08. Starting New
09. Baby Itâ€™s Too Late
10. In My Dreams
11. Iâ€™m Trying (to Be the Man You Need)
Merge tells us:
ShatteredÂ will beÂ Reigning Soundâ€™s first album for Merge and the first full LP by the group since 2009â€™sLove and Curses.
The bandâ€™s principal songwriter/member is Greg Cartwright, whoâ€™s been leading the shifting cast of characters since 2001. You may be familiar with some of the bandâ€™s work, as this album is preceded by five studio efforts as well as numerous EPs and live records. Or perhaps some of Gregâ€™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 Cartwrightâ€™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 Postâ€”Dave Amelsâ€™ bandmates in Brooklyn soul group The Jay Vonsâ€”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 onÂ Shattered. Theyâ€™ve been touring and playing together ever since, andÂ ShatteredÂ proves that the musical union is both exciting and consistent for fans of Cartwrightâ€™s songwriting.
The album was recorded at Daptoneâ€™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 itâ€™s just right.
This product was added to our catalog on Monday 14 July, 2014.