credit: Chris Broach
Born out of the ashes of The Firebird Band, the revered indie/experimental group from Chicago, IL, comes Sunset, the newly-formed two-piece band featuring Chris Broach of Braid and The Firebird Band and Steve Znavor of The Firebird Band and Life At Sea. While its forthcoming debut album (which will see a 2017 release) started out as a new record for The Firebird Band, Znavor and Broach decided to put the past to bed and begin fresh with this new body of work that takes the best parts of New Wave, electro-pop & indie and wraps it underneath a shiny new moniker.
The band’s debut album was produced, recorded, and mixed by Will Yip (Nothing, Circa Survive, Pity Sex) at Studio 4, and is a clear indication that Broach and Znavor will defy expectations with their new endeavor. With his immediately recognizable vocals over lush, danceable pop, the music is a fresh and impressive first offering with a recently released dark Halloween-themed video (which pays homage to Poltergeist and Stranger Things, among other things) to complement.
“The thing about this band is that Steve and I share a very similar musical aesthetic – and we approach this band the same way with what we're trying to achieve,” said Broach about the process of writing these new songs and his longstanding creative relationship with Znavor. “This music is where the real me sits – I’m able to express myself in the way that I want to, the way that I mean to, and together we’re able to explore new ideas without being held to some standard of what someone might expect.”
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