“I feel like film, comedy and music go together really well. Especially in Chicago, because it’s such a big community and everyone does at least two of them.”
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“The responsibility of having a drummer or a bassist would really stress me out,” says Swanberg. “My stress level compared to a traditional band, is a lot smaller, and I’m fortunate for that.”
Sunshine Boys’ CV is the music they make; it’s solid, poppy rock that never rocks too hard or too soft. It’s never too alien to not be groovy and never too familiar to sound like received wisdom.
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The collective’s lines and rhymes are so dense, it’s hard to parse the language on even one composition, and that’s to the ensemble’s credit.
The similarity in vocalist Al Day and poet Marc Kelly Smith’s voices gives an illusion of hearing two competing strands of the same restless consciousness.
Knox is charting an emotional and aesthetic landscape across his recorded output. He’s playing a very long game, one that—with this new album—has begun to pay off.
“We’re fooling ourselves as much as we’re fooling the audience,” Rundgren says with a smile. “We’re self-hypnotizing that we’re in that town… Buffalo or Indianapolis or San Diego.”