Best Supergroup

City Paper

Fronted by Katrina Ford of Celebration and backed by the members of Big In Japan (bassist Ed Harris, keyboardist Matt Pierce, guitarist Woody Ranere, and drummer Mike Lowry) this art-rock quintet released a self-titled EP that combines post-rock atmospheric with experimental pop and played a few shows. And that makes Mt. Royal a supergroup worth praising: It didn’t play up its super-ness. But for Baltimore music nerds who know their history, this is an impressive group whose members reach deep into the scene and into Baltimore underground rock history. Lowry is a touring drummer for Future Islands, Pierce is in Arbouretum, and all four Big In Japan players were formerly of the seminal local band Lake Trout.

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