IKE REILLY ASSASSINATION
On-sale: Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 10:00am
Hard luck stories. Everybody's got them or heard them, but it takes a special mind and wit to share them with the lyrical dexterity and aplomb that have become the hallmarks (and trademarks) of Ike Reilly's critically-lauded records. Reilly's a raconteur; to be sure, his songs ache and explode with a gritty realism to which everyone can relate on some level. His latest solo offering, entitled Hard Luck Stories - a more groove-oriented and melodic album than previous recordings - is a combination of corroded R & B, furious punk-blues, lounge-pop and classic rock, all laced with giant choruses.
Even in light of the melodic assault of Hard Luck Stories, it is the stories themselves that make this Reilly's most accessible recording to date. The tales, while unique to Reilly in the telling, paint a darkly humorous yet accurate picture of the universal compromise and struggle felt by many folks in America right now - people like the frazzled high school kid who's competing for summer jobs and girls with his ex-coach, the compromising single father who loses custody of his little girl as he goes down for growing weed in their home, the young woman doing the best she can for her war veteran brother as he inadvertently terrorizes their community, and the indie rocker trying to sing a song that finally makes a little money. Hard Luck Stories once again establishes Reilly as the premier storyteller, dark humorist and unique character in rock and roll. The lines between reality and fiction, and between narrator and character, have always been blurry with Reilly, but never more so than on Hard Luck Stories.
White Light Riot is brothers Mike and Mark Schwandt and Dan Larsen. Atomism, their first full-length album, was produced/co-engineered by Brent Sigmeth (Grant Hart, They Might Be Giants, Tim O'Reagan), co-engineered by Paul Marino (The New Congress, Desdemona) and mastered by Bob Ludwig. It was released nationally by RED Distribution (Sony BMG) and named one of the best releases out of Minneapolis in 2007.
Get Gone is a band from Minneapolis, MN. The band started after singer / songwriter John Swardson recorded his first two solo records (Ablaze, Silver Dust) with Chris Coyne at his studio, The Honker Room. Various musicians played on these records but Chris and Lane Soderberg played on both. After the records came out Chris and Lane joined John on some live shows and one thing led to another and they decided to start a rock band. Ryan Wheeler came on board to play drums and Get Gone was born.