Matt McAndrew’s Band Has a New Name, Record Label and Single

Matt McAndrew and Rain City

When the band Slaves, the five-piece outfit fronted by The Voice 7 alum Matt McAndrew released their last album To Better Days, they noted that their next music would be under a new name. Now, the band has made good on that promise, unveiling their rebrand under their new name Rain City and announcing the release of their new single “Cutting It Close” with new label partner Thriller Records.

“It was in Manchester, England aka Rainy City, that the five of us met,” notes Matt. “Our new name – Rain City – is a nod to the serendipity that brought us together and a reminder to keep looking up even when there’s a cloud overhead. We’re so proud to call this thing our own. To our incredible fans, we appreciate you and are forever grateful for your support. This new album is for you.”

Matt had never heard of, or met the band before joining

Matt joining the band came together quickly. After Slaves’ lead singer dropped out due to a drug relapse, the band had to replace him quickly. They were hours away from kicking off a new tour as they desperately called anyone they could think of. Finally, they contacted Matt, and he said yes. Remarkably, Matt had never heard of the band before joining them. 

The singer joined Slaves in July 2019. At the time he explained why he joined a band at that point in his musical career, “I never thought I’d be in another band. After all, being solo offers complete artistic control and freedom. It’s only now that I’ve realized how lonely I’ve been by myself. Working with such a tight knit group is a blast, and meeting other bands that show such love for each other makes me feel accepted in a way that I haven’t experienced before.”

The band will be heading to the UK this month to make their first performances as Rain City. They postponed their European dates until next year due to COVID.

“Cutting It Close” releases via Thriller Records on October 22, 2021 on all streaming platforms alongside the music video. It will premiere on SiriusXM Octane on October 21st, before its release.

The band has already recorded their next album, according to an announcement on social media.


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