Reggie and the Full Effect

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Reggie and the Full Effect
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Background information
Also known as Common Denominator
Fluxuation
Origin Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Genres Pop punk, electronica, alternative rock, indie rock, post-hardcore
Years active 1998–2008, 2010, 2013–present
Labels Second Nature Recordings
Vagrant Records
Associated acts The Get Up Kids
Coalesce
My Chemical Romance
New Found Glory
Slipknot
Leathermouth
Members James Dewees
Past members Matt Pryor

Reggie and the Full Effect is a Kansas City indie rock band, the solo project for The Get Up Kids keyboardist James Dewees.

History[edit]

Early years, Greatest Hits 1984-1987, Promotional Copy and Under the Tray (1998–2004)[edit]

In the mid 1990s when he was still playing with Coalesce, Dewees recorded four songs on a cassette tape as a joke, and would hand them out at concerts. After giving one to Matt Pryor, he urged Dewees to contact Ed Rose to record the material. With Pryor's help, he recorded and released Reggie and the Full Effect's first album Greatest Hits 1984-1987 in 1998 on Second Nature Recordings.

In April 2000, Reggie released his second full-length, Promotional Copy on Vagrant Records. The album caused much confusion in stores because of the album art, which is styled in exactly the same manner as a promotional copy of any artist's record. Nobody seemed to get the joke on Reggie's third album either, when Under the Tray was released in February 2003. When the CD case was opened, buyers were shocked to find that there was no disc waiting for them in its usual resting place. Instead, the disc had been placed under the tray (hence the album title). On subsequent pressings, Vagrant added new cover art that clued people in on the joke and where they would be able to find the CD. This album contained the single Congratulations Smack and Katy, which would be the tune behind Reggie's first music video and appear in the video game Burnout 3: Takedown.

Songs Not to Get Married To (2005–2006)[edit]

Reggie's fourth studio album, Songs Not to Get Married To, was released on March 29, 2005. Most of the music from this album was inspired by the divorce Dewees went through with former wife Megan.[1] Sean Ingram of Coalesce and ex-From Autumn to Ashes lead singer Ben Perri both appear on the album, as well as The Get Up Kids bandmates Rob Pope and Ryan Pope.

The album contained the most singles of any Reggie album to date. Previously, the only single the band had ever released was for "Congratulations Smack & Katy" on Under the Tray. However, this album contained three. The lead single was for the song "Get Well Soon", and included a video chronicling the Loch Ness Monster struggling with a divorce, mirroring the album's themes.

The second single was for "Take Me Home, Please". A music video was released, although it did not receive the push that "Get Well Soon" did. Finally, Dewees released a music video for "Love Reality", a song by his alter-ego Fluxuation.[2] This remains the only music video that the band has released for one of the non-Reggie alter-egos.

After the album's release, James embarked on an extensive tour to promote the album, including stints with Alkaline Trio, My Chemical Romance and Hellogoodbye.[3]

Last Stop: Crappy Town and farewell tour (2006–2008)[edit]

Reggie and the Full Effect dropped off of the Warped Tour in the summer of 2006 to record a follow up to Songs Not to Get Married To with producer Sean Beavan. It was confirmed by a MySpace bulletin that Reggie would release the song "F Train" from his new album exclusively for 24 hours on his MySpace profile on October 31, 2006. The song is much heavier than his other releases, and is very reminiscent of James' former band Coalesce.

In July 2007, speculation of Reggie coming to an end began through a message posted on his MySpace page. Later on, James posted a new message confirming they had not broken up.[4] However, soon afterward the official Reggie and the Full Effect Myspace page was taken down.

On April 8, 2008, Alternative Press announced that they had received details on the new album from Reggie and the Full Effect. The 12 song album is called Last Stop: Crappy Town and was produced by Sean Beavan. The album was initially shelved by Vagrant Records for being "too heavy" and distant from Reggie records of the past. Dewees recorded a concept album of sorts about his drug addiction and subsequent rehab that was originally supposed to be self-titled simply "Reggie and the Full Effect". The original concept had 15 tracks that formed one solid piece of music, each track flowing seamlessly from the last. After a year and a half, Vagrant put the album in the hands of a new mixer, cut 3 tracks and released Crappy Town on June 17, 2008.[5] In mid-April 2008, the band's Myspace page was reactivated. On August 27, 2008, the band announced via Myspace the release of a B-side entitled "Shit Sandwich" available for free download.

It was announced via Myspace that the band would be doing their final tour from August 20 until September 14, 2008, with Leathermouth.[6] However, in an interview with Lawrence.com on June 30, 2008, Dewees made comments about his disappointment that the band would not be touring through his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri, and that he hoped they could play shows there on future tours.[7] This brought question as to whether or not this tour will be the last for the band. At shows on this tour, James has been announcing that the 'Final Tour' thing was just a joke and a ploy to get more people to show up to the show.

He also spoke about fan reaction to the new, more serious tone of the album saying that "Reggie fans feel betrayed that there are no Common Denominator and no Fluxuation songs on this record. It’s like, shit wasn’t very fun and happy – it was actually pretty fucking spooky and serious. I can’t pretend that it didn’t happen … It took time, and now that I feel comfortable getting back to being a silly jackass, cool."

In that same interview, Dewees confirmed that he is currently writing a full album for his British electropop alter-ego "Fluxuation", one that had been rumored for some time. James had performed 2 half done songs at some of the last tour dates. However, he has not mentioned a release for his other pseudonym, "Common Denominator".

At the end of the Farewell Tour, James said, in the September 8, 2008 interview with Mishmash Magazine, that he will be "jumping right back into things" musically. Though he has not disclosed details of his plans, he did say that they involve "an old band from the 90's and early 2000s."[8] The musical plans James has announced were rumored to be a reunion of his former band The Get Up Kids, and these rumors about their reunion were confirmed by the band on November 13, 2008, and the band played their first show since 2005 on November 16, 2008 in Kansas City.

Post "Farewell Tour" (2008-2013)[edit]

On November 3, 2010, for the first time since 2008, Dewees spoke about the band. He has confirmed the band will reunite for a one-off New Year's Eve performance on December 31, 2010, at the Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia. Dewees has confirmed that the show will be very special and will include surprise guests, also being the band's only planned reunion performance, with no plans to reunite and perform again in the future, calling it a "mini reunion".[9] During the one-off reunion show, the band debuted a new dance pop-influenced song entitled "Someone Please Tell Mark's Vagina to Shut Up", which was sung by Dewees under his alter-ego of Fluxuation.

It was announced in December 2012 that James Dewees and Matt Pryor would be doing a 5 date tour in January 2013 on the East Coast. They plan to be playing Reggie and the Full Effect, The Get Up Kids, The New Amsterdams, and Pryor's solo material on this tour. In the lead up to the tour, Matt Pryor and James have been doing a weekly podcast called "Tuesdays With Reggie". In the podcast, they discuss topics ranging from James's drug addiction, rehab and the end of Reggie in 2008 to a potential sixth studio album, tentatively titled No Country for Old Musicians.

No Country For Old Musicians (2013-Present)[edit]

On March 13, 2013, Dewees launched a Kickstarter project to fund a new album, No Country For Old Musicians. [10] The Kickstarter succeeded and James recorded the album over the summer of 2013 with plans for release at the end of the year. The band played Riot Fest Chicago in September 2013 before embarking on a tour in early 2014 in support of the record. On September 19, 2013 Pure Noise Records announced they would be partnering with James to release the new record, due out November 19. [11]

Format[edit]

Dewees plays nearly every instrument on Reggie's recordings, including bass, drums, and keyboards. Each album also includes songs by alternate personas, acted out by Dewees in various styles. Fluxuation (who is reminiscent of artists from the New Wave and New Romantic styles), and Common Denominator, a Finnish Metal band with more industrial learnings similar to that of Germany's Rammstein.

Reggie's lineup for live performances changes frequently, but often contains members of The Get Up Kids, Coalesce, and The Esoteric, all of which are bands to whom Dewees has lent his musical talents. Other members of the live show have included musicians from the bands Hot Rod Circuit, The Anniversary, From Autumn to Ashes, Ultimate Fakebook, and most recently Shots Fired, My Chemical Romance, and Slipknot. Slipknot bassist Paul Gray also contributed to the recording of Reggie's latest album. Former members include Cory White of Coalesce (touring member) and The Esoteric on guitar and Josh Newton, who now plays for Every Time I Die, on bass. Newton befriended From Autumn to Ashes while they were on tour with Reggie and the Full Effect and Alkaline Trio. Frank Iero of Leathermouth and My Chemical Romance played bass on the farewell tour.

Members[edit]

Current members
  • James Dewees - lead vocals, piano, keyboards, synthesizers (1998–2008, 2010, 2013-); drums (1998–2004; 2010)
Former members
Touring members
  • Amanda Haase - keyboards/synthesizer
  • Zach Phillips - bass (2014-)
  • Cory White - guitars (2004–2008, 2013-)
  • Rich Gaccione - guitars (2007–2008; 2010)
  • Rob Pope - bass (1998–2006)
  • Josh Newton - bass (2003–2007)
  • Paul Gray - bass (2007–2008)
  • Frank Iero - bass, backing vocals (2008, 2013)
  • Ryan Pope - drums (2004–2006)
  • Billy Johnson - drums (2006–2008, 2013-)
  • Francis Mark - drums (2008)[12]

Discography[edit]

Year Album Label Release Date
1998 Greatest Hits 1984-1987 Second Nature Recordings April 12, 1998
2000 Promotional Copy Vagrant Records April 25, 2000
2003 Under the Tray Vagrant Records February 18, 2003
2004 Greatest Hits 1984-1987 (reissue) Vagrant Records April 20, 2004
2005 Songs Not to Get Married To Vagrant Records March 29, 2005
2008 Last Stop: Crappy Town Vagrant Records June 17, 2008
2013 No Country For Old Musicians Pure Noise Records November 19, 2013

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