Injury Reserve Detail New Album 'By the Time I Get to Phoenix'

Watch a video for first single "Knees"
Injury Reserve Detail New Album 'By the Time I Get to Phoenix'
Injury Reserve have shared news of a new album. The American rap outfit will deliver By the Time I Get to Phoenix on September 15.

Following their eponymous 2019 debutBy the Time I Get to Phoenix marks the first Injury Reserve album following the June 2020 death of Jordan Alexander Groggs, who performed with the group as Stepa J. Groggs.

The 11-song album was largely completed before Groggs' passing, and was completed over the past year by surviving members Ritchie With a T and Parker Corey. A lone feature spot comes from ZelooperZ, while first single "Knees" can be heard below.

"One of the last phone conversations we had with Groggs was over his love for the repurposing of Isaac [Hayes'] By the Time I Get to Phoenix to title the album," Injury Reserve share of their latest in a statement, found in full below.

"Shortly thereafter we were struck with his loss and of course everything was put on hold, but eventually, we regathered and felt most comfortable finishing this album we had made as it still resonated fully (in some respects even taking on what felt like haunting pre-echoes) and above all else stayed true to his constant insistence while recording to simply 'make some weird shit.'"


By the Time I Get to Phoenix:

1. Outside
2. Superman That
3. SS San Francisco (feat. Zelooperz)
4. Footwork in a Forest Fire
5. Ground Zero
6. Smoke Don't Clear
7. Top Picks For You
8. Wild Wild West
9. Postpostpartum
10. Knees
11. Bye Storm

While touring Europe in 2019, we had a show in Stockholm that had been booked in the back of an Italian restaurant instead of a typical venue. To match a certain lack of production we pivoted the show into our own improvisatory take on a DJ set and ended up performing a song none of us had heard before, the board recording of which became the grounding for a new album. Over the next few months, we locked in and put together the 11 songs that that album would eventually become. Those early months of 2020 had about as much turmoil for us as one could expect last year, and between the general social upheaval, loss of livelihoods and family tragedy, the record we made carried these weights. Once the tracklist came together and we started to make sense of it, one of the last phone conversations we had with Groggs was over his love for the repurposing of Isaac Haye's By the Time I Get to Phoenix to title the album. Shortly thereafter we were struck with his loss and of course everything was put on hold, but eventually, we regathered and felt most comfortable finishing this album we had made as it still resonated fully (in some respects even taking on what felt like haunting pre-echoes) and above all else stayed true to his constant insistence while recording to simply 'make some weird shit.' All this said obviously this album is dedicated to Jordan Alexander Groggs, aka Stepa J. Groggs with one p better get it right. Typing here feels small in the space of your real physical absence but you, your voice and your words continue to echo around us all thru these recordings and so many others and everything else. thank you for your time, we love and miss you, of course of course.