Former R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry hasn't been in a band since he left the group after 1996's New Adventures in Hi-Fi, but he's back behind the kit as part of Athens, GA group The Bad Ends. The band are led by Mike Mantione of '90s Athens cult heroes Five Eight and rounded out by Dave Domizi (bass & vocals), Geoff Melkonian (keyboards & vocals), and Christian Lopez (guitars & mandolin). They've just announced their debut album, The Power & The Glory, which will be out January 20 via New West.
The Power and the Glory began as a Manitone solo album but that changed with Buck. “In very early 2017, a chance pedestrian encounter in downtown Athens found me face to face with one Mike Mantione," says Berry of how he ended up in a band again after 20 years. "At that point it had been over 2 decades since I’d involved myself with the record making process and here was a man Peter Buck recently described as 'the unsung hero of Athens rock and roll' offering an opportunity to play in the game again. It was energizing to once again play with top notch musicians. This record is unique for me in that it was the only one, with which I was involved, that was written, rehearsed, recorded, produced and mastered in Athens!”