Within the next two years, the band would tally nearly 80,000 records sold worldwide. Rainer Maria's sweet indie rock was contagious and their fan base never lacked enthusiasm. Long Knives Drawn, which appeared in January 2003, marked Rainer Maria's slickest effort yet and was a sure challenge to their rock & roll peers. The band's first-ever CD/DVD combo, Anyone in Love with You (Already Knows), was released in March 2004. The double-disc set included various live cuts from Rainer Maria's touring days and live footage from a show in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, from their 2003 tour. In 2006, the band moved to Grunion Records
and released Catastrophe Keeps Us Together.
Unfortunately, that album's title didn't hold true, and after final shows that December, Rainer Maria called it quits. In December 2014, eight years after their last show, they reunited for a New Year's Eve concert at New York's Bowery Ballroom. A handful of additional shows in other cities throughout 2015 proved this wasn't just a one-off reunion, and in the summer of 2017 Rainer Maria began releasing singles from a forthcoming album of new music. Returning to their longtime label, Polyvinyl
, they delivered S/T, their first album in 11 years, in August of that year. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi