Even the King Withers EP
Renton Cannon is the alternative to contemporary indie-rock. Preferring heartfelt emotion to flare and melodramatics, Annapolis' Renton Cannon provides an outlet for it's audience and it's members. With a sound reminiscent of Cursive or Sonic Youth, Renton Cannon can surprise and invigorate, and with the release of their EP, "Even the King Withers", the band is expanding it's loyal audience. The quartet has produced a potent and dynamic rock CD filled with furious releases of distortion, melodic choruses and lyrics that delve deep into the human psyche. From the single, "Elaeis,' which battles the concept of religion, to confronting your individuality in 'King,' Renton Cannon writes songs of inner struggle and the desire for freedom. Musically there's a range, from the eerie beginning of "Oh, the Man" with it's droning organ and distant drums to the borderline art-rock of 'Roberto' with it's sweeping moods and dynamic changes, to a more straight ahead rockers such as 'Oak on the Kitchen Floor.' The band was founded by Chris Howard (vocal & guitar), Nic Johnson (bass, keys, & vocal), Russell Kelbaugh (guitar), and Matt Hammond (drums) in 2005. A result of the notoriously incestuous nature of local music, Renton Cannon's members had known and played music with each other for years before it's current incarnation. The wide range of the bands dynamics comes from it's member's experiences in stylistically diverse groups ranging from funk to art-rock. Utilizing the DIY approach to publicizing and gigging Renton Cannon has already taken the stage at such prominent Baltimore venues as Fletchers, the 8x10, and Sonar. Also, they have received continuous airplay and given interviews on radio stations throughout the Baltimore area such as 103.1 WRNR and 88.1 WMBC. From playing shows consistently, Renton Cannon has sold old out the original pressing of "Even the King Withers" and currently the band is narrowing down a pile of new songs to record a three sided single in January 2007. Review of "Even the King Withers" June 2006 From Smother.net Annapolis, Maryland is the capital of Maryland and also the home to indie art rock group Renton Cannon. The album opens with a wailing vocal that reminds me of Led Zeppelin and an organ that sounds ripped from a Doors album. But push all of that 60s and 70s era classic rock sound out of your head. Those are merely small components that bottle up the terrific art rock and progressive rock sounds of Renton Cannon which also can scream out vocals and juggle angular post-punk guitar wailings with the best of them. Lyrically it's a great listen with cerebral post-it notes that you'll remember for a lifetime. Post-rock this dynamic and emotional deserves to be experienced by all who love great music. Review of a show at Fletcher's Feb 16, 2006 From Emergenza.net Renton Cannon was last to take the stage with an eclectic set. They would be well suited to the college art scene, very interesting and capped off the night by smashing a guitar to splinters.