R.E.M.’s Invoice Berry Is Again Behind the Package in New Band The Unhealthy Ends

R.E.M. is a tough act to comply with, which explains why drummer Invoice Berry has by no means been in one other full-time band since his 1997 departure — till now. Berry has teamed with 5 Eight’s Mike Mantione in The Unhealthy Ends, whose debut album, The Energy and the Glory, might be launched Jan. 20 on New West Information.

The Unhealthy Ends are rounded out by bassist Dave Domizi, keyboardist Geoff Melkonian and guitarist/mandolinist Christian Lopez. The mission was initially a way to work on songs for a possible Mantione solo album, however a run-in with Berry of their shared house base of Athens, Ga., led to a collection of jam classes and a pivot to a gaggle mission.

“In very early 2017, an opportunity pedestrian encounter in downtown Athens discovered me head to head with one Mike Mantione,” Berry recollects. “At that time it had been over twenty years since I’d concerned myself with the record-making course of and right here was a person Peter Buck just lately described as ‘the unsung hero of Athens rock and roll’ providing a possibility to play within the recreation once more. It was energizing to as soon as once more play with top-notch musicians. This document is exclusive for me in that it was the one one with which I used to be concerned, that was written, rehearsed, recorded, produced and mastered in Athens.”

The primary single from The Energy and the Glory is “All Your Mates Are Dying,” the Lance Bangs-directed video for which was filmed at Berry’s house and options cameos from native heroes corresponding to R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, Pylon’s Vanessa Briscoe Hay. The Glands’ Frank McDonald and producer/Sugar bassist David Barbe.


“The tune and the video are a celebration of Athens,” Mantione says. “The tune can also be a tribute to Large Star and The Glands. I’m actually singing it to a buddy who missed this particular efficiency of the Large Star Third album and I’m warning my buddy to not miss stuff as a result of life doesn’t final very lengthy. The cameos have been simply essentially the most enjoyable. I acquired to drive round Athens with so many superior buddies. We have been presupposed to look glum, however as soon as they acquired into the van with me, laughter would erupt. Athens had an unimaginable, beloved native vegetarian restaurant known as The Grit which closed a day earlier than we shot the final of the cameos. We do a drive-by of The Grit as type of a farewell nod.”

The Unhealthy Ends will play their first dwell present Nov. 27 at Nuci’s House in Athens. The venue is “positioned within the shadow of” St. Mary’s Steeple, the final remnant of the 1871-era church the place R.E.M. performed its first present on April 5, 1980.

“I used to be so grateful to have the ability to document this album with my buddies,” Mantione says. “I’m a little bit of a fanboy of Invoice’s and just about so is everybody else within the band. One of many loopy issues is to be in a room with Invoice, watch him work, and listen to tales in regards to the albums that outlined the whole lot I do know and love about music. I’ll always remember how excited I used to be on the primary day of recording.”