Mancunian indie rockers City Reign have announced the release of their first single Making Plans. The song is taken from their forthcoming debut album Another Step.
Making Plans caught the attention of Steve Lamacq from BBC 6 Music who played the demo as soon as he heard it. He also finished his show on Monday night with another track, Anchor also taken from the upcoming album.
City Reign are song-writing duo, Chris Bull and Mike Grice with Duncan Bolton on drums. The single follows taster tracks City Reign released as free downloads such as Ahead of Ideas and Retaliate. Ahead of Ideas shot the band onto the UK touring scene and led to Clash Magazine asking them to open their inaugural issue launch gig in Manchester.
The band eventually teamed up with Mancunian producer, Sam Jones to record and re-work the album. He took them to Sacred Trinity Church in Salford after choosing the church for its rich natural reverb. He hoped this would help bring depth to the band’s classic guitar sound.
City Reign are clearly inspired by Placebo. This can be heard strongly in their first single, Making Plans. The vocals are very Molko-esque while the music is very typical of the English indie style.
The single, Making Plans and debut album, Another Step are both set for release on February 25. The video was shot in Manchester’s legendary Night and Day venue where the band played their first gig.
You can catch City Reign live at the following dates in February:
Thursday 14th – Edinburgh – Bannermans
Friday 15th – Glasgow – Buff Club
Wednesday 20th – Cardiff – Buffalo Bar
Thursday 21st – Bristol – Golden Lion
Friday 22nd – London – The Garage
Saturday 23rd – Manchester – The Castle