A Sunny Day in Glasgow occasionally refers to itself as a family. In this case, that means your standard phoner turns into conference call with a cell phone on speaker mode passed between five band members.
“Whenever you’re spending 24 hours with each other it’s unavoidable that you want the best for everyone,” says guitarist Josh Meakim. “I’m the dad, Ben [Daniels] is also the dad, Adam [Herndon] is the little baby, and Jen [Goma] is also the dad.”
The sextet has plied fractured, beery psych-pop that both confounds and enthralls since 2006, music made by people who like breaking the rules. Fourth full-length Sea When Absent arrives after a four-year break, recorded remotely as the group is now spread out from Brooklyn to the project’s original home of Australia.
“Going on tour is like vacation for me,” says Meakim. “It’s the reward for working on the record. It’s like going swimming or something. We all approach it differently; for some it’s the fun thing they do outside of their careers.”
That makes sense. Bassist Ryan Newmyer, for instance, works as a prop assistant, while founder Ben Daniels works as a biostatician. Every couple of years they and their cohorts set aside their grownup jobs and hit the road. Not a bad setup for a happy life.
“My dad tries to listen to the records,” crackles a voice from somewhere in the van when asked if their parents enjoy the band. “I think he gets a kick out of the weirdness.”– Luke Winkie