Reid Genauer, Assembly of Dust's lead vocalist and primary songwriter, has been dubbed by critics as "one of the most vital voices, singers, storytellers and songwriters in today's live music scene."
Their new album, The Honest Hour, was released on September 14 on Hybrid Recordings. The disc's nine original songs are a mix of new Assembly of Dust songs and re-imagined versions of songs Genauer wrote with his former band, Strangefolk. Culled from a show in Troy, NY in early 2004, the band's spirited sophomore disc boasts both the open-sky breeziness and energy of a live show, but also the pristine production of a studio album. AOD's distinctive "hick funk" style sets up the album's best songs, while Reid's genuine songwriting and storytelling maintains all of the edgy and fresh appeal of today's most popular singer/songwriters.
Assembly of Dust's musical line-up includes several of the East Coast's favorite underground players: keyboardist and co-songwriter writer Nate Wilson and bassist/backing vocalist John Leccese (both from Percy Hill), Moon Boot Lover drummer Andy Herrick, and guitarist/backing vocalist Adam Terrell from the collective known as Groovechild.
Genauer's vision for AOD band was already well developed when, in 2002, it came time to put together this band. He had played at least a few times with each of the musicians. In the same year that Genauer started Assembly of Dust, he also got married and enrolled in business school at Cornell University in upstate New York: all of which is loosely documented on "Man With a Plan," the leadoff track on The Honest Hour. Genauer now lives in Manhattan, and works around his touring schedule as the Director of Creative Marketing at eMusic.com.
AOD will play this fall in support of their new release. More dates will be announced soon.
09.24.04 Paradise | Boston, MA
09.25.04 State Theater | Portland, ME
10.15.04 Funk Box | Baltimore, MD
10.16.04 The Grape Street | Philadelphia, PA
10.29.04 Higher Ground | Burlington, VT
10.30.04 Bowery Ballroom | New York, NY
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