Sun Parade

ALBUM RELEASE SHOW ~Limited Seating Available~

Sun Parade

Sat · October 14, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Parlor Room

$12/Adv, $15/Door

This event is all ages

Sun Parade
Sun Parade
Sun Parade/Shuggy Mtn Breakdown [October 2017 release from LIT33]

Shuggy Mtn Breakdown is the October 2017 release from American rock band Sun Parade. The album ranges widely, from the swanky, sun-soaked summer single "Braindrain" to the blown-out, graphic-novel excesses of "Shuggy Mtn." The music is road-tested in basement shows and packed houses along Route 9 in the band's home territory of Western Massachusetts, on the same fold of the map that delivered Dinosaur Jr., Speedy Ortiz, Sonic Youth, and The Pixies. The album was produced in Brooklyn by Ian Hersey of Rubblebucket.

Chris Marlon Jennings grew up in Northampton, Massachusetts, busking on the streets. He met Jeff Lewis when they were high schoolers on summer vacation at a tribal gathering of old friends and families in Maine. Lewis, a mandolin player and islander, was due at Berklee College of Music on scholarship. After a semester in Boston, he moved to Western Mass to work with Jennings. That collaboration is the core of Sun Parade.

Jennings writes by and large in the language of existential howl, wherein life, love and the pursuit of happiness are a highway pile-up with the distinct possibility of dancing. Lewis spins ethereal, psychedelic glowing pop benevolence, songs sung into an old Fostex recorder and sent out into the world in strands of metaphysic werewolves and sunshine. The dichotomy between the two writers builds an outliers’ love fest, a condition Oscar Wilde once described as living in the gutter with stardust falling on us.

Over time Jennings and Lewis built the five-piece that is Sun Parade, with Karl Helander on drums, percussion, harmonies and ambient barking. [Helander is a powerhouse ideas force — the riffing at the end of “Tear” and the astral vocal descents in “Braindrain” were a couple of his contributions to the album.] Max Wareham (bass) and Eli Salus-Kleiner (keyboard) joined Sun Parade after Shuggy Mtn Breakdown was recorded.

Sun Parade's personal obsessions and projects range from British folk ballads to Motown; collectively their music is most influenced by the mutineers’ pantheon — The Clash, Beastie Boys, Dr. Dog, Nirvana, The Beatles. Sun Parade has supported Lake Street Dive, Dr. Dog, Born Ruffians, and And The Kids. National Public Radio picked “Heart’s Out” — the title track of the band’s previous EP — for Songs We Love, and wrote that Sun Parade is “crafting the kinds of traditional guitar-pop songs that people might still be singing 50 years down the road.”

Sun Parade will be touring Shuggy Mtn Breakdown through fall and winter of 2017.
Venue Information:
The Parlor Room
32 Masonic Street
Northampton, MA, 01060