Feb. 6, 2003

The Sun Set Eyes on Several Chicago Shows

By Randy J. Klodz

With a band name like The Sun, one would assume that its origins stem from the sunny valleys of California--but this quartet hails from college-town extraordinaire Columbus, Ohio and its members will be taking their van to and from Chicago for a string of four dates at Schubas.

The Sun, which features singer/guitarist Chris Burney, guitarist Bryan Arendt, bassist Brad Forsblom and drummer Sam Brown, have previously played two dates at Schubas: the first being Jan. 28, and the second being Feb. 4. Keeping in stride with playing Chicago on a Tuesday night, The Sun are scheduled to also rock Schubas on Feb. 11 and Feb. 18.

With four consecutively scheduled Tuesday shows at Scubas, The Sun are hoping to amaze attendees with a show that singer/guitarist Chris Burney calls “Haphazardly scatterbrained on the verge of falling apart all the time.”

We’re just hoping that since we are playing the same night every week that hopefully the same people come by every night, Burney said. Hopefully we’ll blow them out of their socks if they are psyched.”

Though many within the music industry find it necessary to place a genre label on every band, The Sun bassist Bryan Arendt doesn’t really mind the comparison to mainstream garage rockers The Strokes and The White Stripes. “We’re more like them than we are Limp Bizkit,” he concluded.

Released on Feb. 4, “Love and Death,” the big-label debut 6-track EP from The Sun opens with a wallop and ends with a slow and steady simmer. “Fell So Hard” is a quick 120 seconds that could even get your grandparents to bob their heads, with Burney spasmodically repeating “Cuz you never fell in love so hard / Nah nah”

The disc ender “Eyelids Apart” is an acoustic number with Burney’s pillow-like vocals: “It’s love / It’s never meant to last / ‘Hello’ died just as fast / And took all this / Pulled your eyelids apart.”

While bands emerge from any given city across the nation Arendt concedes that to spread your name around, you cannot only play to your hometown crowd. “It’s a good place to start a band, but you need to get out of Columbus if you are serious about it,” he said. “A lot of our friends’ bands that we think are really good don’t leave Columbus. You’ve got to get out and let people hear you.”

Schubas is at 3159 N. Southport Ave., in Chicago. Tickets for each show can be purchased for $7 at the door. Entrants for the two remaining shows must be 21 or over. For more information on The Sun, check out www.thesunband.com.
The Sun Photo: Warner Bros.