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Video: Sundowner performs “The Flicker” at The Little Elephant

Sundowner aka Lawrence Arms guitarist Chris McCaughan has released another live video from his sessions at The Little Elephant in Toledo, Ohio, this time for his song “The Flicker” which you can watch belowMcCaughan plans on releasing a 7″ of these studio sessions on Fat Wreck Chords June 10th. On recording his 7″ at The Little Elephant McCaughan said:

“They (Little Elephant) record high quality video sessions in the living room of their house. I performed four songs and in the end we thought the audio recordings turned out awesome too. So they’ll be rolling out the video footage and thanks to the lovely people at Fat Wreck, the audio tracks will come out as a 7-inch.” 

Sundowner’s latest album Neon Fiction was released on September 3rd, 2013 through Fat Wreck. Head over here to read our review of the record.

You can check out his performance of his song “Cemetery West” here.



Sundowner to release “Little Elephant Sessions” 7-inch; releases in-studio video for “Cemetery West”

Sundowner (Lawrence Arms guitarist Chris McCaughan) recently stopped by Little Elephant Studios to record a short live set, which he plans on releasing as a 7-inch on June 10th through Fat Wreck Chords. Here’s what McCaughan had to say about all of this:

“They (Little Elephant) record high quality video sessions in the living room of their house. I performed four songs and in the end we thought the audio recordings turned out awesome too. So they’ll be rolling out the video footage and thanks to the lovely people at Fat Wreck, the audio tracks will come out as a 7-inch.”

You can watch a video of Chris playing his song “Cemetery West” live at Little Elephant and check out the tracklisting for the Little Elephant Sessions 7-inch below.

Sundowner’s latest album Neon Fiction was released on September 3rd, 2013 through Fat Wreck. Head over here to read our review of the record.



Music Video: Sundowner – “Life In Embers”

Sundowner (Lawrence Arms guitarist Chris McCaughan) has posted a music video for his song “Life In Embers” and you can watch it below.

McCaughan’s latest album “Neon Fiction” was released on September 3rd, 2013 through Fat Wreck Chords.



Music Video: Sundowner – “Cemetery West”

Sundowner (Lawrence Arms guitarist Chris McCaughan) has posted a music video for his song “Cemetery West” and you can check it out below! Here’s a little background on the video from Chris:

“Ben Pier shot all this footage in tandem with shooting the Sundowner album cover. It makes the video for ‘Cemetery West’ seem almost like a companion piece to Neon Fiction. It visually captures some feeling essential to the song and the record. If you’ve seen the album art it all starts to make more sense. The refrain ‘I won’t let the darkness catch me this time’ may suggest it’s about running. But, at the heart, it’s a song about letting go. A song I wrote in anticipation of a big change in my life.

 Ben caught a world in the frames that felt honest and authentic. Tuned in with the way I felt about the lyrics and the song. We explored the city at night. We drove around jamming Kendrick Lamar. We shot in front of a blaring neon sign in a motel parking lot. An image that became an icon of the record. We drank gas-station coffee. We went to this insane tiki bar. We took my bike out in search of basketball hoops, bleeding lights, and empty downtown streets. Most importantly, Ben shot his style. And I got a chance to show off my jump shot.”

“Neon Fiction” was released on September 3rd via Fat Wreck Chords.



Stream Sundowner’s Daytrotter Session

Sundowner (Lawrence Arms guitarist Chris McCaughan) recently performed his songs “Cemetery West”, “In The Flicker”, “Life in the Embers”, and “The Slowest Drink at the Saddest Bar” for a Daytrotter Session which you can stream here.

“Neon Fiction” was released September 3rd through Fat Wreck Chords.

Sundowner has a couple of shows coming up on the East Coast, which you can view here.



Sundowner announces east coast tour to support “Neon Fiction”

Sundowner (Lawrence Arms guitarist Chris McCaughan) has announced a string of east coast support dates in support of his latest release “Neon Fiction”.

You can check them out below.

“Neon Fiction” was released on September 3rd via Fat Wreck Chords.



Cover Art Battle Winner (September 3rd): Sundowner

Congratulations are in order for Sundowner (Lawrence Arms guitarist Chris McCaughan), whose new record “Neon Fiction” won last week’s Cover Art Battle, which featured new releases from Direct Hit!, A Dying Regime, Andrew Jackson Jihad, ToyGuitar, and many others, with 32% of the vote!

Don’t forget to click here and get your vote in for this week’s Cover Art Battle, featuring new releases from Rise Against, Balance And Composure, Violent Affair, Two Cow Garage, Op Ivy’s Jesse Michaels, and a couple others.

Congrats again to Sundowner! Head on over here to stream “Neon Fiction.”



Album Review: Sundowner – “Neon Fiction”

It’s becoming more and more difficult to name a punk band with any kind of recognition these days who doesn’t have a side project associated with it. Side projects, particularly acoustic ones, are the flavor of the day. Rarely do these projects eclipse the quality of the bands from which they sprang, but if you enjoy, say, No Use For A Name, it stands to reason you’ll dig Tony Sly’s solo acoustic albums as well. The same goes for Joey Cape and Lagwagon. Even Mariachi El Bronx, the authentic mariachi band offshoot of heavy melodic punkers The Bronx contains nuggets of The Bronx embedded within for fans of the original band.

Sundowner formed in 2007 and is the side project of The Lawrence Arms’ Chris McCaughen. The Lawrence Arms are no strangers to side projects. As well as Sundowner, there are also the bands The Falcon and Brendan Kelley and the Wandering Birds. Sundowner is the farthest departure from the more straightforwardly punk sounds of The Arms though.

In fact, Sundowner features the kind of emotional melodic rock, just this side of soft, that the pundits operating throughout the early to mid 90’s coined ‘alternative. And, technically, it is that for McCaughen, an alternative to the harsher sounds of his other bands co-habited by Kelley.

Without inferring that The Lawrence Arms are without sincerity or emotion, Sundowner gives McCaughen full range to flex his deeper feelings on wax (or plastic, or MP3) and write the music he feels best represents them in these ten cases.

Stretching out into the further reaches of the genre, Fat Wreck Chords, once solely a purveyor of the skate and pop punk that best represented the genre during most of the 90’s, have, in the this new millennium, begun representing a variety of sub-genres and styles. The speedy bluegrass (sometimes referred to as ‘streetgrass’) of Old Man Markley, the crust punk of Star Fucking Hipsters, the fairly indefinable Morning Glory, all bands you probably wouldn’t find on the label in the previous century.

Sundowner is closer in kinship to Joey Cape’s Bad Astronaut or Tony Sly’s solo work than any other band on the label. Not overly surprising then that Sundowner sounds much softer than most of the music the label will be putting out this year. And not at all a misstep for Mr. Mike when you take into consideration the high level of craftsmanship this record contains.

The slow, sad sounding acoustic guitar that leads the album in ‘Cemetery West’ feeds into a very catchy verse and an actually rather upbeat track (for this record).

‘My Beautiful Ruins’ is a song about love lost and the attempt to regain it. Not the most original subject matter for a quiet, bleak sounding song, but it’s well written and you can’t deny it’s heart.

The best song on the album is ‘Concrete Shoes’ which is also, perhaps unsurprisingly, the catchiest one.

‘Life In The Embers’ is a song about nostalgia and friendship that isn’t especially musically memorable but will no doubt be enjoyed by many when they feel like reflecting on their formative years.

By the time ‘Poet of Trash’ rolls around, Sundowner has begun repeating itself a bit, in music and sentiment, and ‘Wildfires’ puts a cap on the ‘Neon Fiction’ bottle just in the nick of time.

To be honest, I don’t often listen to music like this. I tend toward punk, hip hop and 50’s era rockabilly, depending on my mood, and there isn’t much room on my ipod for anything else. But after listening to this album for the better part of a week, I found it growing on me. It’s extremely well written, the lyrics are brutally honest and to the point and while it borrow from itself here and there, most of the songs have enough of their own flavor that you’ll find yourself drawn to certain ones fairly quickly.

All in all, a solid effort and a great record for some end of the day chill out time.

4/5 Stars



Full Album Stream: Sundowner – “Neon Fiction”

Sundowner (Lawrence Arms guitarist Chris McCaughan) is streaming his new album “Neon Fiction” in its entirety.

Check it out below.

“Neon Fiction” was released today, September 3rd via Fat Wreck Chords.



Sundowner releases lyric video for “Life In The Embers”

Sundowner (Lawrence Arms guitarist Chris McCaughan) has released a lyric video for “Live In The Embers”, the first single off the band’s upcoming album “Neon Fiction.”

Sing along to it below.

“Neon Fiction” is set to be released on September 3rd via Fat Wreck Chords.



New Music: Sundowner – “Cemetery West” off upcoming album “Neon Fiction”

Sundowner (Lawrence Arms guitarist Chris McCaughan) is streaming a new song called “Cemetery West” from his upcoming album “Neon Fiction.”

Check it out here.

“Neon Fiction” is set to be released on September 3rd through Fat Wreck Chords. Sundowner last released “We Chase The Waves” in August of 2010 on Asian Man Records.



Free Song Download: Sundowner – “Life In The Embers”

Sundowner (Lawrence Arms guitarist Chris McCaughan) is offering the first single from his upcoming album “Neon Fiction” up for free download.

You can snag your download of “Life In The Embers” right here.

“Neon Fiction” is set to be released on September 3rd via Fat Wreck Chords.



New Music: Sundowner – “Life in the Embers”

SPIN is hosting a new track from Lawrence Arms guitarist Chris McCaughan’s Sundowner. The track is titled “Life in the Embers,” of which he says:

“I decided I had to find a way to let go of all the shit that had built up over time, that had crowded my days, that I’d held onto for too long, so, [“Life in the Embers”] is a song of acceptance, of coming to terms with things you can’t change, of a past you can’t alter. And, with that, it’s a song of self-actualization, of enacting an uncertain rebirth, of seeing hope in the bonfires of what once was. Or maybe it’s just a song about watching it all burn.”

You can check it out here.

Sundowner’s new album, Neon Fiction, comes out September 3rd via Fat Wreck Chords.



Sundowner announce September shows

Sundowner, the solo project of Lawrence Arms guitarist Chris McCaughan, has announced a small run of US shows kicking off in September.  Check out the dates and locations here.

The band will be releasing their new album “Neon Fiction” September 3rd via Fat Wreck Chords.

Sundowner last released “We Chase The Waves” in August of 2010 on Asian Man Records. Click here to stream songs off the release and a couple others.



Sundowner (Chris of the Lawrence Arms) details upcoming album “Neon Fiction”; announces release date

Sundowner (Lawrence Arms guitarist Chris McCaughan’s solo project) has revealed the cover art (see above) and tracklisting for his upcoming album “Neon Fiction,” which is set to be released on September 3rd via Fat Wreck Chords. McCaughan also released the following statement:

“Hi there. I feel like we’ve been withholding valuable information for long enough, so here are some gritty details on the new LP. Most importantly, it’s coming out just in time to be the soundtrack to your fading summer! And, secondly, I am stoked to finally share the album cover, tracklisting and the title. Yessir! My good friend, New York City-based photographer, Ben Pier, shot the cover for the record. The photo is awesome and totally captures the vibe of the album. He’s got an amazing way of seeing the world and was instrumental in helping to discover the whole aesthetic of Neon Fiction. You should go check out his work. He’s a rad photographer and an even better dude. Can’t wait for you all to hear these songs.”

You can check out the album’s tracklisting right here, then head over here to check out a full list of upcoming shows Chris will be playing in the coming months.

Sundowner last released “We Chase The Waves” in August of 2010 on Asian Man Records. Click here to stream songs off the release and a couple others.