The Reigning Sound

The Horseshoe Tavern Presents

The Reigning Sound

Undead Telly Savalas, CATL, Pow Wows, DJ Chico Spinning Vinyl

Sat, October 25, 2014

Doors: 9:00 pm

The Horseshoe Tavern

Toronto, ON


This event is 19 and over

Advance Tickets available at: The Horseshoe front bar Rotate This and Soundscapes

The Reigning Sound - (Set time: 11:40 PM)
The Reigning Sound
Reigning Sound was formed in 2001 by Memphis, TN garage-punk legend Greg Cartwright (vocals/guitar), who is also known for his previous bands The Compulsive Gamblers and The Oblivians.

After Cartwright relocated his family to Asheville, N.C. in 2004, where he formed a new band. The current line-up includes: Benny Trokan (bassist), Mike Catanese (guitar), Mikey Post (drums), and Dave Amels (keyboardist).

Reigning Sound's debut,"Two Sides to Every Man", a three song 7" single, was released in May of 2001. One month later came their first full-length album "Break Up, Break Down" (Sympathy for the Record Industry). With its country-folk melodies, the first album was to be an early blueprint of where Cartwright's songwriting was headed.

"Time Bomb High School," (In the Red) was released in August 2002, and is known for its polished sound, pop hooks and near-perfect balance of classic R&B and rock-n-roll. Aside from the many stand-out originals on the album, cover songs like "Stormy Weather" and "Brown Paper Sack" prove Cartwright has mastered the art of revamping old songs and making them seem like his own.

The band's third album "Too Much Guitar," (In the Red) was released in May of 2004. With recording help from fellow Memphians Jay Reatard and Alicja Trout of the The Lost Sounds, it's by far Reigning Sound's loudest and noisiest album to date. Songs laced with psych-pop, garage and soul under a blanket of fuzz is the vibe heard throughout the entire album. The obnoxiously loud "We Repel" opens this record and from the first chord it's apparent that it's not a sequel to any of their earlier records. An opening slot on a huge American tour with the Swedish garage band The Hives helped to promote the album shortly after its release.

"Reigning Sound: Live at Maxwell's" (Telstar/Spoonful) was released in July of 2005, which was an interesting show to say the least. By the end of the gig Cartwright, with no back-up set, broke all but three guitar strings and still finishes the show for his usual rowdy crowd. This live album has a unique, rough-around-the-edges feel, not to mention it's also the only place to find the stand out track "I Need You Now," a soulful Sam Cooke cover song that allows Cartwright to pay homage to one of his favorite singers.

In September 2005 Reigning Sound released a rarities comp "Home for Orphans" (Sympathy for the Record Industry). The album features slower, moodier alternate versions of tunes from "Too Much Guitar" along with some other unreleased tracks.

Another live LP, "Reigning Sound: Live at Goner Records," (Goner Records) was released in late January 2006. This is a daytime in-store performance recorded in June of 2005, and with its crystal clear production, gives listeners an accurate account of what Reigning Sound is all about. The album also hosts great cover songs like "Black Sheep" by Sam the Sham, "Tennessee" by Carl Perkins and "Do Something" by The Swingin' Yo-Yo's.

After spending a portion of 2005 recording a George Soule album with legends Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham, the band once again began recording as a backing band with another rock legend, Mary Weiss of the 60s band The Shangri-Las, who is widely know for the hit song "Leader of the Pack." Cartwright wrote nine of the 14 songs on the record, he also co-produced the album with Norton Records owner Billy Miller. The album "Dangerous Game" (Norton) was released in March 2007 and recieved rave reviews from the likes of Rolling Stone Magazine. Reigning Sound also performed the Cartwright tune "Stop & Think It Over" with Weiss on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

Reigning Sound's latest album, "Love & Curses" (In the Red) was released in 2009 to rave reviews and is available on CD, vinyl and iTunes. The album features mainly all new Cartwright signature originals, and one obscure Detroit garage cover ("Stick Up For Me").

Another LP that was released just prior to "Love & Curses" was a live, solo record by Greg Cartwright. "Greg Cartwright: Live at Circle A" was released in 2009 by Dusty Medical Records and is available on vinyl and through iTunes. The record is a live recording from a small Milwaukee club and captures an intimate performance of Cartwright's songbook.

In October 2010, Greg Cartwright, along with Coco Hames from The Ettes will release the debut LP by their side project band, The Parting Gifts. This record features original tunes by both artists, and help from a crew of their musician friends. Look for the album, "Strychnine Dandelion," out now on In the Red Records.

Check the "BandPage" tab at the top of the Facebook page for the latest tour dates and to hear music!
Undead Telly Savalas
People notice when Telly Savalas walks into a bar. For one, the “Kojak” actor and Academy Award nominee has been dead for 17 years
When the six-foot-four bald man in a superbly tailored cream suit and navy silk shirt—worn with three buttons open—utters phrases like “Who loves you, baby?” and “You ain’t used to the real thing,” New York women find themselves a little giddy.
The comedian and performance artist Tom DiMenna has been walking Manhattan streets in character as the Long Island-bred actor during the run of “Who Loves You, Baby?,” his one-man cabaret-style homage to Savalas. The Soho Playhouse production runs through this weekend.
Spending an afternoon with DiMenna in Savalas mode is to witness charisma in action and is a testament to the power that a good suit wields in New York City. Unlike the Elvis impersonators and naked cowboys trawling Times Square, DiMenna’s Savalas commands a certain level of respect.
Ordering a hot dog from Sheico Adel’s stand outside of Bloomingdales Wednesday afternoon, he was addressed as sir.
“Is he someone important?” Adel asked a reporter as DiMenna tipped the vendor a dollar.
“You deserve a little something extra,” DiMenna said in a thick Greek accent. “I feel refreshed after that hot dog.”
In an effort to “go full Telly,” DiMenna shaved his head at the beginning of the show’s run in July. He dons the silk shirts and the suits, purchased at a vintage clothing shop in the East Village, and stays in character most of the time.
“I’m a big guy,” he said. “When I wear all black walking down the street I look less than trustworthy.”
Walking into Bloomingdales, DiMenna was swarmed by cosmetics salespeople. One offered shaving cream with shea butter for his head, another attempted to spritz him with a masculine scent and still another tried to rub lotion onto his hands. A Kardashian sister was upstairs making an in-store appearance, but just as many shoppers stopped to gawk at the 32-year-old impersonating the long-dead actor.
In Cabana, a Latin bar up the street, a well-dressed couple rolled their eyes when DiMenna strode past them to a bar stool, but after he smoothly ordered a dry martini with extra olives, the woman leaned in close.
“I’m curious about you,” she said.
“I’m Telly Savalas,” DiMenna replied.
CATL - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Pow Wows - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Pow Wows
One of the mainstays of the Toronto garage rock scene, the Pow Wows like their music fast, loud, and atmospheric, giving their tunes a buzzy, swampy tone and a psychedelic overlay that sets them apart from other fuzzbox manglers following similar paths. - Mark Deming,

Pow Wows do to the Garage tradition what The Cramps did to Rockabilly - chew it up, make it their own, and spit it back out. Forming in 2010 in Toronto Canada they wasted no time putting on wild live shows and recording even wilder material. The following year they signed with Pittsburgh, PA's Garage Rock institution Get Hip Recordings based on the caliber of their jam space cassette which wound up coming out as their first LP "Nightmare Soda". A pair of 7" singles followed and in 2015 their hotly anticipated sophomore album "Broken Curses" arrived to critical acclaim. The band has performed throughout Canada, Europe and the U.S. Watch out for their madness in YOUR town!
Venue Information:
The Horseshoe Tavern
370 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON, M5V 2A2