Sand Reckoner

Sand Reckoner

 Boston, Massachusetts, USA
BandRockBlues

Our new album "Haunter" was released in April 2016 and is now available everywhere.

"I’ve always felt that Sand Reckoner is the musical equivalent of the southwest desert lands. It seems completely appropriate then, that after going silent for two years, like a rattlesnake coming out of hibernation, they shed their old skin and come back as something slightly different — a step up the evolutionary ladder.... " (George Dow, "The Noise")

Biography

Sand Reckoner is a Zeppelin/Beatles/CSNY&Y/CRR/S&G/BeachBoys-obsessed rock band who have been based in Boston since 2009. We released our first studio album in 2012 and toured it a bit down the east coast, but that year ended up being a pretty difficult period of transition for us. Matt left to play bass in an incredible band called Asteroid #4 out in California which was a huge loss, not just because he wrote half the songs, but because we were all best buds since high school. So after the dust settled a bit, we began writing songs again. We reflected upon all the time, sacrifices, and emotional energy we've put into this band over the last 10 years and decided that we needed to make something that truly reflected it all.. Something to look back on that would make it all worth it... Something we could be proud of. So we hooked up with Chris Johnson, co-owner ofhte Moontower Studio, after hearing his impressive work with Yellabird. We told him we wanted to make a record with few compromises and zero regrets. Almost three years later, "Haunter" is finished. And it's everything we wanted it to be. The music is predominately psychedelic blues rock (we call it ghost rock) - but you can also find a soft acoustic number as well as an electric cover of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's "Restless Sinner". 

Here is a review from George Dow of "The Noise" 

"I’ve always felt that Sand Reckoner is the musical equivalent of the southwest desert lands. It seems completely appropriate then, that after going silent for two years, like a rattlesnake coming out of hibernation, they shed their old skin and come back as something slightly different — a step up the evolutionary ladder.

On title track, “Haunter,” they sound like the Sand Reckoner of old. Lots of grimy slide guitar and echo-filled, monotone vocals. It stands almost as a statement to the listener, “We may have evolved but we can still deliver the heavy stoner-rock sound with the best of them.”

The evolution I referred to earlier hits headlong on the epic, nine-minute “Priest.” The pace is slowed down to crawl — reminiscent of some of Earth’s finest instrumentals, while the underlying ballad is crooned in the style of Leonard Cohen. The song rolls through a series of cycles ranging from acoustic balladry to ultra-heavy bombast. In my humble opinion “Priest” is the crown jewel ofHaunter and the perfect illustration of what this band is capable of.

Another new influence apparent on Haunter is the retro garage rock revival sound of bands like The Back Keys. That influence is most apparent on “Designer” and “Honest Man” which thin out the traditional Sand Reckoner sound in favor of crunchy, trebly guitars and tin-can vocals. It’s an exciting new direction for the band as they meld new influences into their already fantastic sound.   (George Dow)"

Discography

Haunter (2016)

Sand Reckoner S/T (2012)

Set List

Typically play 30-40 minute sets. We have played a 38 song show before, but we find it generally works better to play short sets for people who are just hearing you for the first time.

Sample set list:

Surgery
Flesh and Bones
The Deserter
Let's Build a Home (White Stripes cover)
All Saints
Shooting Bullets
Morning Star

Covers:

Rock Around the Clock (Bill Haley)
All Wrong (Morphine)
Pull A U (The Kills)
Let's Build A Home (White Stripes)
Drops In The River (Fleet Foxes)
Echoes (Pink Floyd)

Sample Acoustic Set:

Mother
Eternal Shades
My Bird
Crooked Nails
Two Loons
Wait and Hope
Flying
Leave These Shores