Sometimes life goes according to a plan, but it’s more often just a series of happy accidents. Such is the case with Sundowner, the solo side project of The Lawrence Arms guitarist, songwriter, and co-frontman Chris McCaughan. His musical journey started twenty years ago, writing basic chords and lyrics in his Chicago bedroom, inspired by the wealth of local punk bands and the community of other passionate and creative teens he met at their shows. He continued writing and playing in assorted groups throughout high school and college, when one of those endeavors—*The Lawrence Arms*—picked up steam and ensured that music was no longer just a creative outlet for him: it was becoming a bona fide career. Writing and recording three records with TLA between 2000 and 2006, he honed his craft and began to notice a gradual evolution in his style, taking chances with a more authentic, roots-based approach. Bolstered by friends who heard the homemade four-track demos of this material and also noted the shifting musical perspective, Chris decided that what had initially been potential b-sides for the band should live separately, under their own name. Sundowner was born. “I never set out to do solo acoustic music, though it’s become very popular in the punk rock pool we’ve all been swimming in,” says McCaughan. “I think it makes a lot of sense, though: it’s another way to get more material out and it’s easier to get shows on your own, without a band.” Not that this isn’t in some ways a “band” record. While previous Sundowner efforts took a rather bare bones approach, they weren’t truly solo, since TLA bandmate Neil Hennessy contributed bass and engineering skills on both. This time around, the two expanded on their previous work, creating lusher arrangements and a more traditional ensemble sound to frame Chris’s vocals. As he says, “Each record has a different orientation, but still sounds like my style. You can connect the dots stylistically from the other Sundowner records and The Lawrence Arms to what we did on Neon Fiction.” Neon Fiction itself was a happy accident. With The Lawrence Arms on a break, and not having done much touring on the last Sundowner record, McCaughan found himself writing aimlessly, with no goals, no deadlines, and no label chomping at the bit for new material. That freedom allowed him to spend more time than he was usually afforded with his lyrics and melodies—and with Chicago itself—rooting the entire album both creatively and geographically in his lifelong home turf. He amassed a collection of songs that spoke loosely to that juncture of his life, what he refers to as creative non-fiction: “I’m a storyteller songwriter, but the narratives are a little vague and foggy, as opposed to fleshed out narratives with plot pushing through. A lot of it is self-assessment, my interpretation of environment. That’s generally what I’ve come to realize is either my strength or the way the magnets are pulling me.” He entered the studio on his own dime to record the songs last summer, and was unsure whether it should be a self-release, or whether he should run the gauntlet of shopping it around to labels where he thought it would mesh. That’s when some friends from Fat Wreck Chords caught his solo set at San Francisco’s Bottom of the Hill club and asked if they could hear the final studio mixes. A few weeks later, while the Arms were in Australia for the Soundwave festival, he got an email from the label saying that they loved what they heard, and that Fat would be glad to give it a home. “I thought it was cool to put out a record on Fat that was totally different; cool not just for me, but for Fat. I think it’s rad that they’re willing to take a chance on a record that doesn’t fit that mold.” Yet another happy accident. Do you sense a trend here? With a release date of September 3, 2013 (roughly one year after its completion), McCaughan feels that it’s perfect timing for the mood reflected in this batch of songs, which are sunny but also somber, summery but also autumnal: “Growing up in Chicago, I have acute sense of seasons. Contrasting seasons inform how I feel about arts, books, music, and informs the way I write. It took a long time to put it out, but I think it’s coming out at the time that it should and the vibe reflects that.” As the sun goes down on summer, the sun comes up on Sundowner. Look for him this fall at your favorite clubs and PBR-fueled music festivals.
Destination Gypsy the Founder and, Pioneer of the "Purple Rock" music genre, was recently No.
2 in October 2012 on the Rock Charts in Los Angeles,California.During 2010 on the rock music charts in "Entertainment Capital of the World",DG was No.4 for 34 weeks in 2011 and also No.2 for 19 weeks and, currently resides in both Southern California and, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Destination Gypsy's debut album "Destination or Death" (Edited) was released on Clear Blue Sun Records World-Wide on 26 October 2010 A.D. and, was given 5 Stars as a new release.
There is also a (Explicit) version of "Destination or Death" released on 27 July 2010 also released on Clear Blue Sun Records.
With over 3 million hits in just over a year, including one million in as little as five weeks at Reverbnation he brandishes his unique styles both lyrically and, vocally. Blended with thumping, pulsating rhythmic beats and, dirty bass sounds heavy enough to make your speakers work overtime. That spells out attitude, with a capital "A".
This new recording artist, handled all aspects of the sound recordings, owns his own label and, publishing inc. In addition to that, Destination designed all the graphics and, continues to maintain all of his websites. Currently Gypsy is rehearsing with his band, for the "Destination or Death" tour and a new album.
Despite many delays and, over coming a great many obstacles including emergency surgery, DG finally makes his debut and, is a must see live.
Destination Gypsy rolled into 2010 at the No.2 spot on the charts from 2009 and, before dropping to #4 remained at No.2 for 32 consecutive weeks. Not a bad way to ring in the new year.
Prior to that, Destination Gypsy was No.1 on the Las Vegas rock charts in 2009 for 25 consecutive weeks reaching No.7 Internationally and, was No.17 in December of 2008.
Simply put, Divided Heaven is Jeff Berman, an East Coast punk rock kid transplanted in Los Angeles with a voice and a guitar. On record and stage, Divided Heaven is a punk band without all the amplification, singing stories rooted in history and politics, travel and experience, love and hope. Divided Heaven has played in over a dozen countries, three dozen states and shared the stage with such international artists as Anti-Flag, The Flatliners, OK Pilot, Kris Roe (The Ataris), Joey Briggs, Koji, Into It. Over It., Red City Radio, Luther, Blacklist Royals, The Snips, Mark McCabe, Fights & Fires, and Sam Russo. Across the world Divided Heaven is playing shows and building a diverse fan base. Whether it is opening a hardcore matinee, singing without a PA in a sweaty basement, creating intimacy at the Warped Tour or headlining a café, Berman has the dynamic to hit the audience in a place that is familiar with songs that make you think and sing along. The new Divided Heaven record, 'Youngblood' is due out in March 2014 on Say-10 Records.