Demo to Demolition – the final release from THE NEW RISING SONS – bookends their short but productive career. These songs showcase the vibes from the care free first days in the rehearsal room, to the intense last days in the studio. Side A consists of five songs never released or heard before. They were recorded after the second delay of the album by Virgin Records, with the hope of saving the future of the band. The precision and talent is there, but the band still ended up getting dropped and breaking up shortly after.
For this exclusive release, the A-side songs have been mixed by J Robbins and mastered by Dan Coutant. Side B possesses the early energy and desires of a young band on the verge. It's infused with more rawness and filled with less self-consciousness from the pressures of a label. In the end, Demo to Demolition, represents just what it states, the beginning building blocks to their final destruction.
When the New Rising Sons formed a little over twenty years ago in the bowels of the lower east side of Manhattan, both Garrett Klahn (Texas Is The Reason) and Drew Thomas (Into Another) had parted with their respective bands to find something more. Through mutual friends in the business and NYC scene, Garrett and Drew were able to connect and create that something more with local guitarist and songwriter Kevin McGinnis.
Within a few months, the band would independently release an EP, creating a buzz through the town and the industry. This buzz led to a demo deal at Capitol Records. Although this move would prove to not work out, as fate would have it, THE NEW RISING SONS were offered a multi-album contract with Virgin Records. Ted Niceley (Fugazi, Girls Against Boys, Shudder To Think, Jawbox, Standford Prison Experiment) was brought in to produce the band’s album Set It Right, while Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Faith No More, Jeff Buckley, Sonic Youth, Rage Against The Machine, Foo Fighters, Biffy Clyro), was slated to mix. Up and coming engineer, Carl Glanville (U2, Counting Crows, Bruce Springsteen, Shudder To Think) was hired as Ted’s right hand man. Scotty Beschta (The Promise Ring) was recruited to fill the bass role, but due to unforeseen circumstances, never ended up on the final recordings.