New Music: City Reign - Day Break (single)

The song writing pair Chris Bull (Vocals/Guitar) and Michael Grice (Guitar) met four years ago at a Ryan Adams concert, having both recently moved north from London. Having spent years writing and playing in bands going nowhere, the two met Michael Glaze (Bass) and Sam Jones (Drums) to complete the new line up. The band took the name from the Adams song, ‘City Rain, City Streets’.

‘Daybreak’ has long been a fan favourite, its original recording being the title track of the band’s early demo, The Daybreak EP recorded with Grammy nominated producer Dan Parry. The band have since chopped down the song’s lengthy outro, leaving the punchy pop classic on the current record.

Lead singer and lyricist Chris Bull notes that “it’s probably the song we’ve been most proud of. We always enjoy playing it live, as it has that typically youthful conflict between despair and restless hopefulness. The harmonies in the outro really capture that feeling that there’s always something else to reach for, even when you don’t know exactly what it is.”

The band have been hard at work since last August, establishing their own independent label Car Boot Records.
“We had been playing together for a little while and were kind of chasing our tales a little bit. We decided it was time to roll our sleeves up and start doing things ourselves. We’ve had a few helping hands along the way. Not least from our mates Pete Fergie and Steve De Sarasola at SSR who helped record this single and B-side.”

Their DIY approach has proved successful so far, as the band have won plaudits from the likes of Steve Lamacq (who featured the band in a special about the 2010 In The City Festival), The Independent, and music industry bible Music Weekly, who featured the band amongst the best new acts coming out of Manchester.

‘It was nice to be recognised and be listed in the same breath as people like Liam Frost and The Travelling Band. Hopefully it’ll bring us to a wider audience who’ll support what we’re doing’.

City Reign released their 3rd single Daybreak on May 9th on their independent label Car Boot Records.


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