Yesterday the website Talkhouse premiered "Make It Right," a new single by Carriers, the band project spearheaded by Cincinnati singer/songwriter/guitarist Curt Kiser.
The track is from Carriers' debut album Now Is The Time For Loving Me, Yourself & Everyone Else, which is due Aug. 23 on Brooklyn/New Jersy-based indie label Good Eye Records. Previously, Consequence of Sound premiered the track "Patience" in April when the album was first announced. CityBeat premiered "Peace of Mine" (which also appears on the LP) last May.
A former member of local acts Pomegranates and Enlou, Kiser has been building a buzz for Carriers over the past couple of years. In 2017 the band was nominated for New Artist of the Year honors at the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards. Kiser performed at the CEA ceremony that year at Memorial Hall with a band that included The National drummer Bryan Devendorf and Afghan Whigs bassist John Curley, who also make up the rhythm section on the Carriers' recordings. The band now features Trent Becknell (bass), Cory Pavlinac (guitar) and Alex McGrath (drums).
Curley also produced Now Is The Time For Loving Me, which is available now for pre-order (including the vinyl edition) and pre-saves. Curley explained his involvement in recording "Make It Right" in the Talkhouse premiere piece.
"My first time hearing 'Make It Right,' and the rest of the songs on the record, was during demo sessions in the control room at (Curley's longtime studio) Ultrasuede. Curt and I sat at the console where he played the songs for me and showed me the chord progressions. Then we recorded simple demo versions to hear the arrangements. These became the basis for the band recordings we did later on.
Once the bulk of the recording was done, Curt did the overdubs with Isaac Karns and mixing with Chad Wahlbrink. I was pleasantly surprised when I heard the final mixes. They took it to a level that was beyond what I had envisioned.
The track reminds me of the whole experience of making the record. It was very low stress; very relaxed. I hadn’t met any of the other musicians before working with Curt and they all turned out to be cool people that I now consider friends."
Carriers will celebrate the new album release on Aug. 23 at Woodward Theater.