Punk veteran Swami John Reis is excited to announce the Friday, February 18 digital release of Ride The Wild Night (Swami Records), Reis’ long-awaited debut solo album. Ride The Wild Night is neither completely similar nor dissimilar to Reis’ previous bands (Hot Snakes, Night Marchers, The Sultans, Rocket From The Crypt, Drive Like Jehu), yet the sound is immediately familiar and assuring — like an old friend you lost touch with that comes back into your life only to ask to borrow money. The music is an amalgam of Sixties folk-punk, Seventies punk-punk, and pre-Vietnam War rock ’n’ roll, filtered through Reis’ unregistered, trademark sensibilities.
“I wanted to celebrate some of my favorite rock ’n’ roll in its transitional periods,” Reis said. “Flaming Groovies, Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Kinks, The Saints, and others created some of the most exciting recordings while also connecting the musical past to its future. That really appeals to me.”