Shattered, Reigning Sound's first album for Merge and the first full LP by the group since 2009's Love and Curses, is out July 15th but can be previewed now on Grantland. Accompanying the stream is a feature on Greg Cartwright and the band. Steven Hyden 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'.)
About three years ago, Greg was asked to make a promotional EP for Scion. The 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 -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 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.
Greg will be performing free solo shows at independent record stores this weekend, followed by full band performances this summer and fall. Greg will also be djing the Merge 25 Festival Opening Night After Party in addition to a full band performance at the Cat's Cradle. Dates below.
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
10/23 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
10/24 Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
10/25 Toronto, ON @ Horsehoe Tavern
10/26 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
10/27 Detroit, MI @ PJ's Lager House
10/29 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
10/30 Iowa City, IA @ The Mill
10/31 Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
11/01 Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone
11/02 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
11/03 Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
photo credit: Kyle Dean Reinford
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