City Reign – When You Got It All (Live)
Label: Car Boot Records
Release date: 22nd September 2014
How do you measure success? After bursting onto the scene with their debut album ‘Another Step’, City Reign enjoyed support from the likes of Steve Lamacq, Clash Magazine and This Is Fake DIY.
This left the band with the unenviable task of writing a follow up. They had spent 4 years writing the first one, could they come back with something new? Something better?
The new single blows any doubts out of the water, all clatter and excitement that can only be the mark a band still fizzing with creativity and ideas.
Few bands Since The National’s early records have combined such introspection and sometimes brutal self-assessment with the energy and vitality that City Reign are fast carving out as their hallmark.
Nowhere is this collision of ideas more apparent than on this track, in which the band embarks on a part daydream, part crushingly real portrayal of the daily grind. All against the backdrop of guitar fuzz, clatter and excitement that can only be the mark a band pushing each other to their limits.
It’s this tension that makes this next phase such an exciting chapter in the City Reign story.