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Douglas Street Team
Reigning Sound’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.
Shattered will be Reigning Sound’s first album for Merge and the first full LP by the group since 2009’s Love and Curses.
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 Douglas. 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.