Helping to bring back grass-roots
independent guitar rock in the Pacific Northwest, Sundodger
blends straightforward guitar-driven anthems and simple song
writing of classic '70s rock with contemporary musical
influences that define the present day.
The new project was
formed in 2014 by long-time band mates and Seattle natives Jeff
Norman and Dan Engel. The music is influenced by the
straightedge punk and hard rock anthems they loved in the '80s,
‘70s classic rock, and the indie rock they produced together
through the '90s and 2000s -- all blended together to create a
sincere, pounding rock show.
Like many musicians of the time,
Sundodger’s members where immersed in an alternative rock scene
that dominated cities like Seattle, Chicago and Athens in the
early ‘90s. Jeff and Dan gigged all over the Northwest with hard
rock band Divided Sky. Turned off and burned out from a rock n’
roll industry that was seemingly devouring itself, they quit the
music business entirely later in the decade and set out to build
careers and families. Jeff ventured in an entirely new musical
direction, leaving Seattle for Sun Valley, Idaho and created a
successful following in electronic music before returning home
in the mid-2000s.
Jeff and Dan reunited musically later in
the decade, with Dan emerging from behind the drum kit to sing
and play rhythm guitar. It eventually led to five new songs
captured on their EP Home released in August 2014. The effort
was recorded at ButterSound Recordings in Everett, Wash. with
the help of engineer Chip Butters. Butters is known for working
with such rock legends as Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, Sunny Day
Real Estate and Soundgarden.
Sundodger’s music deals with
more mature themes than youthful angst which dominates
mainstream radio. The songs are outlined in optimism but dive
deep into their personal battles with addiction, depression and
the responsibilities of becoming an adult in America. The title
track “Home” is about the desire for both an addict and their
loved one to reach out to one another for help. Similarly,
“Chemical Life” deals with the duality of drug addiction and the
ultimate freedom found in recovery.
“Tunnel Vision” is a
track dedicated to the youthful spirit and desire to leave the
nest in search of a new life. “Option Arm” was born from the
Great Recession and financial crisis that hit America in 2008.
It’s a raw narrative about the mindset of a predatory lender.
And “Anti-Depressant” deals with a reawakening that many people
experience after getting help with clinical depression.
band is already back at work writing their next album. In the
meantime, Sundodger continues to tour the Northwest rock clubs
and giving music lovers a preview of what’s to come.
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