MP3 The Sun - Blame It On The Youth (Deluxe)
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for the album
"BLAME IT ON THE YOUTH"
Chris Burney - Vocals, guitar
Sam Brown - Drums
Bryan Ardnet - Guitars
Brad Forsblom - Bass, Backing vocals
Brad Caulkins - Keyboards, guitars, backing vocals
“I think everybody should write songs,” says The Sun frontman Chris Burney. With BLAME IT ON THE YOUTH, Burney puts his NOUN where his mouth is. The Ohio quintet’s debut album is a showcase for both his ADJECTIVE rock’n’roll and drummer Sam Brown’s ADJECTIVE anthems. Remember the first time you heard ALBUM TITLE, or ALBUM TITLE, or ALBUM TITLE? BLAME IT ON THE YOUTH crackles with a ADJECTIVE, yet familiar buzz.
After two EPs (2003’s ADJECTIVE Love and Death and last year’s alluring Did Your Mother Tell You?), the band—vocalist/guitarist Burney, drummer Brown, guitarist Bryan Arendt, bassist Brad Forsblom and keyboardist/guitarist Brad Caulkins—reveal themselves to be completely twisted pop PLURAL NOUN making a bold, beautiful noise. From the ADJECTIVE frenzy of “It Must Be You” to the ADJECTIVE soul of “Romantic Death” to the ADJECTIVE epic “Taking the Lord’s Name in Vein,” BLAME IT ON THE YOUTH is both classicist and forward-looking, unabashed and dissonant, lovelorn and pissed-off.
“We wanted it to sound like a NOUN,” says Brown. “Our joke is, it’s a song for everyone and an album for no one, because it covers so much NOUN. But maybe that’s what makes it ADJECTIVE.”
“We’re a ADJECTIVE band,” Burney offers. “We come from the tradition of BAND NAME and BAND NAME.”
Born on April Fools Day, Burney grew up in Cleveland, CITY and St. Louis. He played MUSIC GENRE and MUSIC GENRE in high school then at 19 dropped out of Ohio State to VERB the stand-up bass for singer-songwriter Tim Easton. It was both an introduction to the NOUN and an apprenticeship in NOUN; soon Burney was VERB-ing his own stuff, and making demos at the loft of Easton cohorts Jay Bennett and Leroy Bach (Wilco sidemen at the time).
“I was trying to get those PLURAL NOUN out and there was a little bit of interest in me as a NOUN,” Burney says. “But it didn’t really work until this band PAST TENSE VERB together.”
And the band didn’t come together until the last possible moment, after Burney, Arendt and Forsblom PAST TENSE VERB across the country, a scheduled L.A. showcase gig their final destination. But no sooner had they got to California than they PAST TENSE VERB their NOUN. Brown, then in MUSIC GENRE heroes New Bomb Turks, flew out to fill the NOUN and never gave it up. Needless to say, the gig went ADVERB. “Basically, Sam had been in the band for AMOUNT OF TIME when we got signed to Warner Brothers,” Burney recalls.
It was the summer of 2001, that heady, hyped-up moment when the BAND NAME were the next big thing. The Sun were never gonna keep their sound in PLACE, or limit it to narrow PLURAL NOUN. “I think from the start we knew better than to just VERB a ADJECTIVE NOUN,” says Brown. “I didn’t really have any NOUN in doing that again. We were open to anything. We still are.”
That was apparent from the start. Said MAGAZINE of Love and Death: “…jerks from punkified garage rock to jittery psychedelia to dewy eyed acoustic folk, with songwriting smarts and deft instrumental touches in ample supply. “The work of a band that wipes its BODY PART with all other bands,” gushed NEWSPAPER.
For BLAME IT ON THE YOUTH, The Sun decided to record with producer/engineer Ben Hillier (Blur, Doves, Clinic, U2) who gave them a NOUN in the finer points of VERB-ing. “Ben’s coming from that British tradition of using the studio more as an NOUN,” says Burney. “They’re like PLURAL NOUN in lab coats. They VERB everything ADVERB. It was like, two solid years of VERB and introspection, broken into chunks of months and weeks.”
It took so long because the band almost PASTE TENSE VERB—or rather, Burney did, suffering a kind of ADJECTIVE panic attack that stalled the process for AMOUNT OF TIME. By then, Hillier had moved on, so John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Hot Hot Heat) was tapped to VERB the record. But the hiatus proved to be a NOUN for Brown: Thanks to the magic of NOUN, he started to VERB for the first time, and turned out to be ADJECTIVE at it. “It’s completely changed the dynamic of our band,” Brown says. “Chris always said, if you guys want to VERB, that’s great, so it was really nice to find out that he meant it. I’m still pretty ADVERB with myself that I can do it. Every day I wake up and I wonder, ‘hmmh, I wonder what kind of NOUN I’m gonna VERB today.’”
Among Brown’s contributions are the disjointed, hook-and-falsetto-laden “Justice,” which he says was meant to be “the ultimate MUSICAL GENRE song”—tell him it’s as good as “SONG TITLE” and he’ll take it as a compliment—and “Valentine,” which has a decided ‘80s ADJECTIVE feel. “I write songs like a MOVIE TITLE soundtrack,” Brown concedes. “I don’t do it on purpose, but I think the things that you pay attention to in your ADJECTIVE years are the things that come out of you when you VERB. The first song I ever learned to play on the drums was BAND NAME’s ‘SONG TITLE.’”
Perhaps nothing sums up BLAME IT ON THE YOUTH better than the fact that Brown’s BAND NAME-ish epic is preceded by the ADJECTIVE “Lose Your Money,” a country blues (originally by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee) that Burney learned from SONG WRITER NAME. The band’s ADJECTIVE also stands out on the loping-then-aggressive “Say Goodbye”—“a white boy wannabe soul song that turns into a GENRE song,” Burney says. “It’s about HISTORICAL FIGURE and people’s Dad’s dying and VERB-ing too much.” Elsewhere, songs like “Romantic Death” and “2B4” manage to combine the hooks of BAND NAME with the politically charged eye for detail of HISTORICAL FIGRUE.” A child of PLURAL NOUN who calls himself a “NOUN,” Burney doesn’t mince words about the role his home state played in the HISTORICAL EVENT. “I waited in line for AMOUNT OF TIME to VERB,” he says. “Democracy has PAST TENSE VERB.”
“But at the same time, we’re just a MUSIC GENRE band,” Burney adds. “We want to make really solid PLURAL NOUN that get on the NOUN to put our kids through NOUN.”