And yet, here we are: “I’ve played guitar on the new PPT Denglish record and it’s incredible,” says Reynolds, who will share the stage with the acclaimed local hip-hop trio on April 17th at the Double Wide.
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While Reynold’s great 2007 solo effort, In Between Days, did divert somewhat from Chomsky’s angular, retro new wave, it's not like anyone would confuse those diversions with hip-hop sounds. But Reynolds claims the odd mixture is paying dividends: “I’m working on some songs with Picnic for the upcoming Astronautalis album,” says the singer. “It’s craziness that sounds like Doves with Andy Summers playing on a Prince album in 1983.”
Sounds...promising. But, more importantly, fans of Chomsky will also be elated to hear Reynolds' take on Chomsky's return to action after an acrimonious ending in 2002: “Chomsky is back and going strong,” Reynolds says. “We have a huge show on May 3rd at the Granada with The Crash That Took Me, Radiant and Little Black Dress that should be awesome.”
Besides his hip-hop partnerships, Reynolds is also working on another solo effort which he plans to complete once he and his wife move back to Dallas after finishing school in Stephenville.
“The new record will be even more subdued that the last album,” says Reynolds with a giddiness that belies his recently discovered street cred. --Darryl Smyers