About The Reign
The Reign was formed In 1985 By Joe Caravella & Lenny Kibanoff, Over The years This band has endured Line up changes, name Changes (Always reverting back to The Reign after the brief changes) (Joe says "You may have even seen us live in one of our other incarnations" "Ground" "Just Jake" Late Model Jesus"), Death of Band members, Jail, Drug addiction, Alcoholism, Rehab, Egotism, Revolving door mem ... read more
Joe Caravella Founded The Reign on April 17th 1985 for the Last 36 years worked hard to Make The Reign one of NYC's Legendary Power Pop Bands
Marc Fox Joined The Reign in 1994 stayed until 2007 but now has rejoined the fold after 14 years away welcome Back to The Reign Family Marc
About The Reign
The Reign was formed In 1985 By Joe Caravella & Lenny Kibanoff, Over The years This band has endured Line up changes, name Changes (Always reverting back to The Reign after the brief changes) (Joe says "You may have even seen us live in one of our other incarnations" "Ground" "Just Jake" Late Model Jesus"), Death of Band members, Jail, Drug addiction, Alcoholism, Rehab, Egotism, Revolving door members, stints in the Army it is Like a Episode of Behind The Music. But the thing that endures as is with any band with quality song craft is The Music!!! The Music is always the final story & in reality it's the only story you need listen to.
The Band is currently Releasing it's Long awaited Debut CD "The Long Wait". There had been a few abandoned attempts at such a task in 1989-91 (Record company folded), 1993 Band Mismanagement By former band Manage , 1998 when The studio erased the master tapes with the sessions of another band (Lyric Studios), 2000 Line up split Tapes destroyed by Drummer who worked at The studio , 2001 Band turned album into 4 song EP but couldn't find label willing to release EP & Then The Bass Player Passed away The band is most likely going tp issue the EP later in this year after fans have had a chance to get The Debut album "The Long Wait"
Joe states that "it's not like we haven't tried to give our Long time fan base something tangible. we just have this "Spinal tap" Black Cloud that seems to hover around & when ever we get some steam in our engines a tornado sweeps it away & blows our train off track, we have had 2 Bass Players Die, 2 Record company's play games with us, a recording studio with an inept & drunken Engineer who couldn't Tell The difference between a fresh stack of 2 inch master tapes & a stack of 2 inch tapes with our sessions on it, & Then we have had The Revolving door Band mates & a drummer with a broken neck (Lenny), another drummer who was filling in for Lenny (John) had major surgeries on his spine as well. Plus I had 5 Major surgeries between 2005 & 2010 so it has been daunting & Then there's The feuding between former band mates & co-writers it's a horror show but..... The Music is enduring & The fans Love the music & that's what keeps me going...
The Band started recording it's debut on June 26Th 2006 the Line up at The Time was Joe Caravella On Guitar & Vocals , Lenny Kibanoff On Drums , Rob Mayer On Guitar, Konstantine On Bass, soon after Laying down basic Tracks to the first half Of The album Rob & Kon Jumped ship. Joe didn't Flinch he proceeded to find a new studio, took The Master hard drive with the 8 songs & found a new studio Persico studios in Ozone Park, run By Frank Persico.
Joe States "Frank is a genius he instinctively Knows what I am looking to do artistically & has The ears to help me get my musical vision committed to The Tracks he also has lent his amazing Lead Guitar playing skills to a number of The tracks .He is The F**king Bomb!!! he kills it every time best damn solos I ever had on my songs & I have had some damn good lead guitar players in The band over the years"
Once in Persico Studios Joe brought back Marc Fox to The Band Marc was a Long standing member of The Band from 1994-2003 then left when Rob & Kon Joined up but with the departure of Both of Those members Joe brought Marc in to help finish the tracks Not so Lonely, Nothing Comes around (Co written by Joe & Marc) & Let me be The One Joe erased all of Konstantine's Bass Lines and re cut all of The bass Parts Himself lending his More McCartney-esque styled Playing to the feel of The songs. Joe can Play 13 different musical instrument (not including percussion things Like maracas, tambourine etc... Joe can play those too Just doesn't count each he prefers to Lump them in with drums & percussion so you can say Joe Plays 25 different instruments), so with 8 tracks done for a album slated to have 16 songs on it Joe proceeded to let his folksy side come out & recorded 3 acoustic numbers (Sans drums) for The album bringing The album to 11 tracks but the album needed more Songs But Lenny had a major Motorcycle accident & was unable to finishing tracking for The album so In steps John Orestano on drums
Joe States " John is a beast he can lay a tasty in the pocket Groove like nobody's business he gives you such a solid foundation you could build a musical skyscraper over his beats he made tracking the last 5 cuts of the album a easy breeze" Again Joe States "I was hoping he could stay on for Live gigs while Lenny made His long road to recovery. I'm Shocked Lenny miraculously didn't lose his ability to walk or use his arms , it actually is a miracle he is alive at all , spilling his bike at close to 70mph & flying over the Handlebars 250 feet into a culvert he should be worm food... but he's not & for That I am grateful he has been my drummer, & My adopted brother so to speak for more Than a quarter century! I Love ya Lenny!! get yourself up & rocking brother your drum seat is waiting for you Bro!!!!"
But soon after The session for drum parts ended John required surgery himself for a spinal defect that he had since birth but was not aware of until he started getting numbness in his arms,
Again Joe states "I really wanted John to Play live with me we have done a number of shows together back in 2000-2001 when Lenny took a LOA to attend to some personal issues that took him away from NYC & to sunny Fla , So John & I & the rest of The band opened for many rock icons In that year & 2 months it was an awesome time to have & made Lenny's absence much easier to overcome, but now alas John & Lenny were both recovering from their spine issues & are unavailable for Live gigs"
in late 2014 Joe recruited a New Drummer for The Band Rob Postrel, also Frank Persico who has Been a member in the studio for recording with the Reign since 2007 finally is a full member now appearing with The Reign at certain Live performances as he also maintains a solo career & works hard, Running the recording studio where the Reign records their albums.
In Dec 2015 The Reign Added Bass player/ Vocalist Ben Laffin Rose to the fold & Then In Aug Of 2017 The Reign Parted ways with Their drummer at the time Rob Postrel he was replaced in the line up with former drummer John Orestano, But then due to health Issues in Jan 2019 John Orestano had to take leave of The band & has since been Replaced with First Frank Colon for a few months Then The Next Replacement 27 year old Leslie Dow, Currently The Throne is being Manned By Kevin Vivieros , as The Reign prepare to release The long awaited follow up 2nd album "Storm" which will be released on JJune 18th of 2020 so head over to itunes spotify etc.. on une 18th to get a listen to the New reign Album on June 18th, with tracks in the can with John Orestano, Lenny Kibbanoff, Joe Caravella & even a Cut with ben Laffin Rose on the kit The 3rd album which will enter production soon The Reign will be utalizing these tracks I am sure at some point as well as Tracking a bunch of tunes with New member Kevin on Drums the 3d album like the 1st 2 will ahve multi Drummers but The Reign sound is unmistakable
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