Demo to Demolition – the final release from THE NEW RISING SONS – bookends their short but productive career. These songs showcase the vibes from the care free first days in the rehearsal room, to the intense last days in the studio. Side A consists of five songs never released or heard before. They were recorded after the second delay of the album by Virgin Records, with the hope of saving the future of the band. The precision and talent is there, but the band still ended up getting dropped and breaking up shortly after. For this exclusive release, the A-side songs have been mixed by J Robbins and mastered by Dan Coutant. Side B possesses the early energy and desires of a young band on the verge. It’s infused with more rawness and filled with less self-consciousness from the pressures of a label. In the end, Demo to Demolition, represents just what it states, the beginning building blocks to their final destruction.
In 1999, 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 the band’s debut album Set It Right, 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. 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 has been released in full for the first time in 2019, 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 THE NEW RISING SONS, 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 – “Demo To Demolition” – LP/digital (arr085)
THE NEW RISING SONS – “Set It Right” – LP/digital (arr081)