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R.E.M.’s Invoice Berry Is Again Behind the Package in New Band

R.E.M. is a tough act to comply with, which explains why drummer Invoice Berry has by no means been in one other full-time band since his 1997 departure — till now. Berry has teamed with 5 Eight’s Mike Mantione in The Dangerous Ends, whose debut album, The Energy and the Glory, might be launched Jan. 20 on New West Information.

The Dangerous Ends are rounded out by bassist Dave Domizi, keyboardist Geoff Melkonian and guitarist/mandolinist Christian Lopez. The mission was initially a way to work on songs for a possible Mantione solo album, however a run-in with Berry of their shared dwelling base of Athens, Ga., led to a collection of jam periods and a pivot to a gaggle mission.

“In very early 2017, an opportunity pedestrian encounter in downtown Athens discovered me head to head with one Mike Mantione,” Berry remembers. “At that time it had been over twenty years since I’d concerned myself with the record-making course of and right here was a person Peter Buck lately described as ‘the unsung hero of Athens rock and roll’ providing a chance to play within the sport once more. It was energizing to as soon as once more play with top-notch musicians. This file is exclusive for me in that it was the one one with which I used to be concerned, that was written, rehearsed, recorded, produced and mastered in Athens.”

The primary single from The Energy and the Glory is “All Your Associates Are Dying,” the Lance Bangs-directed video for which was filmed at Berry’s dwelling and options cameos from native heroes akin to R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, Pylon’s Vanessa Briscoe Hay. The Glands’ Frank McDonald and producer/Sugar bassist David Barbe.


“The tune and the video are a celebration of Athens,” Mantione says. “The tune can be a tribute to Huge Star and The Glands. I’m actually singing it to a buddy who missed this particular efficiency of the Huge Star Third album and I’m warning my buddy to not miss stuff as a result of life doesn’t final very lengthy. The cameos have been simply probably the most enjoyable. I bought to drive round Athens with so many superior mates. We have been imagined to look glum, however as soon as they bought into the van with me, laughter would erupt. Athens had an unimaginable, beloved native vegetarian restaurant referred to as The Grit which closed a day earlier than we shot the final of the cameos. We do a drive-by of The Grit as type of a farewell nod.”

The Dangerous Ends will play their first reside present Nov. 27 at Nuci’s House in Athens. The venue is “positioned within the shadow of” St. Mary’s Steeple, the final remnant of the 1871-era church the place R.E.M. performed its first present on April 5, 1980.

“I used to be so grateful to have the ability to file this album with my mates,” Mantione says. “I’m a little bit of a fanboy of Invoice’s and just about so is everybody else within the band. One of many loopy issues is to be in a room with Invoice, watch him work, and listen to tales concerning the albums that outlined every little thing I do know and love about music. I’ll always remember how excited I used to be on the primary day of recording.”



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