A little over twenty years ago, The New Rising Sons formed in the bowels of the lower east side of Manhattan. At the time, both Garrett Klahn (Texas Is The Reason) and Drew Thomas (Into Another) had parted with their respective bands to find something more. Through mutual friends in the business and NYC scene, Garrett and Drew were able to connect and create that something more with local guitarist and songwriter Kevin McGinnis. Within a few months, the band would independently release an EP, creating a buzz through the town and the industry. This buzz led to a demo deal at Capitol Records. Although this move would prove to not work out, as fate would have it, the New Rising Sons were offered a multi-album contract with Virgin Records.
Ted Niceley (Fugazi, Girls Against Boys, Shudder To Think, Jawbox, Standford Prison Experiment) was brought in to produce, while Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Faith No More, Jeff Buckley, Sonic Youth, Rage Against The Machine, Foo Fighters, Biffy Clyro), was slated to mix. Up and coming engineer, Carl Glanville (U2, Counting Crows, Bruce Springsteen, Shudder To Think) was hired as Ted’s right hand man. Scotty Beschta (The Promise Ring) was recruited to fill the bass role, but due to unforeseen circumstances, never ended up on the final recordings.
The band chose the idyllic setting of the famed Bearsville Studios (Bob Dylan, The Band) to begin production and record the main tracks for their debut full length. Overdubbing and additional mixing was done in the heart of the city at The Magic Shop and Shelter Island Sound. Touring life during this time period saw them share the stage with Iggy Pop, Manic Street Preachers, and even Pink.
As time went on, plagued both by troubles at the label and turmoil internally, the band would ultimately reach its demise in late 2000. The could’ves, would’ves, and should’ves have been a topic of conversation since the band was dropped and the record shelved. Thankfully, with the help of Arctic Rodeo, the record is being released in full for the first time, as a limited edition 20th anniversary vinyl and re-mastered by the Grammy award-winning mastering engineer Alan Douches (Sufjan Stevens, The Promise Ring, Converge, Brand New, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Saves the Day, Mastodon, The Chemical Brothers, Yes, Ben Folds Five, Hole, The Dismemberment Plan, Run DMC, Monster Magnet)
Post NRS, the individual members have gone on to continue some notable musical output. Kevin McGinnis has played with Dopo Yume, Craig Wedren, Guided By Voices, twelve a.m. flowers, and formed his latest project, Twiggy Branches, with Drew Thomas, featuring Christopher Pravdica of SWANS. Drew Thomas has performed and made records with God Fires Man, Bloody Social, Walking Concert and Dead Heavens (Walter Schreifels). Garrett Klahn has since joined forces with Solea, Atlantic/Pacific, Have Gun Will Travel, and continues to tour as a solo artist.
Arctic Rodeo releases:
THE NEW RISING SONS – “Set It Right” – LP/digital (arr081)