Everything about Society of the Silver Cross is heavy with mystery: they lure the listener into their sound, and their world, like ghost lights in a dense forest. Follow, if you dare, and what you’ll discover is a band that has developed a singular style – one that draws from darker, more cinematic moods, textures and cosmic atmospheres resulting in an otherworldly blend of musical bliss.
But while their music seems to be coming from a strange, parallel universe, there’s nothing unusual about the origins of the Society of the Silver Cross. Frontman and songwriter Joe Reineke was part of The Meices, the energetic punk rock band that lit up the Bay Area and beyond in the ‘90s. After that, he led the ambitious Alien Crime Syndicate, whose 2004 album Ten Songs In The Key Of Betrayal landed on many year-end best-of lists. After the breakup of ACS, Reineke and his Silver Cross collaborator (and life partner) Karyn Gold-Reineke traveled the world and immersed themselves in the musical culture of India. They’ve brought back some unusual instruments too, including a harmonium, a small pump organ used traditionally for chanting and a shahi baaja, or Indian autoharp, and they’ve incorporated their discoveries into their songs.
Having toured the world with many bands over the years, Joe started road testing some new solo material, and toured Europe with Karyn as a duo, the project quickly evolved and was reestablished as Society of The Silver Cross. They have written and produced their debut album, which will see the light in the summer of 2019. The album was recorded and produced at Orbit Audio, Seattle. Stay tuned for more exciting news on this upcoming release, and be on the look out for when it hits shelves and DSPs on June 28th