Brooklyn emo band Rainer Maria released five studio albums and then apparently called it a day in 2006. It is a pleasant surprise then that the emo trio returned with S/T, an album of new material released in August via Polyvinyl Records. Rainer Maria are currently on tour with a stop at Rock and Roll Hotel on Thursday, Sept. 28.
NPR Music said the new album “functions as a natural extension of Rainer Maria’s discography, while staying true to its members’ accumulated wisdom and insight.”
Recently, Rainer Maria released third single “Forest Mattress, which Stereogum called a “grand, heartfelt burner.” Listen to “Forest Mattress” by Rainer Maria on YouTube:
Kaia Fischer, William Kuehn, and Caithlin De Marrais came together to form Rainer Maria, named after Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke, while living in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1995. They signed to Polyvinyl Records early in their career and stuck with the label until their last recording. The band relocated to New York City in 1999, and they continued to release albums until their last in 2006. The three went their separate ways with Caithlin De Marrais recording solo material.
Eventually, their paths crossed again, and they drew upon their rich individual experiences of the past decade to record once more as Rainer Maria. William Kuehn produced the new album, giving it a firm direction embraced by his bandmates.
Hear the results on Thursday! Buy your tickets online.