The final curtain: The Sanderlings bow out with holiday recording.Written by Matt Liasse | | email@example.com
The Sanderlings’ “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” carries special meaning to the band — it’s the last track they recorded.
In September, guitarist and vocalist Josh Evans, who lives in Bend, Ore., visited the area for the band’s last show at The Village Idiot in Maumee. During the two-week stay packed with rehearsals, the band squeezed in studio time for the track.
The band members are all transitioning into new projects: Bassist Jonathan Rodebaugh is working on solo material, guitarist and vocalist Ben Masters is leading worship at a church and drummer Jon Kynard is involved in a number of projects as well.
Rodebaugh said he is excited for the new song to be heard on “Holiday Wishes 3,” which benefits Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“If it wasn’t for Make-A-Wish, I don’t think we would’ve done a Christmas song, so it’s fun to have the experience,” Rodebaugh said.
The band originally planned to record a cover of Vampire Weekend’s “Holiday” for the album, but ran out of time.
“I’m a little bummed,” Rodebaugh said. “I think that could’ve been fun.”
The Sanderlings appeared on last year’s “Holiday Wishes 2,” and this year’s “Red, White & You” benefit CD supporting the American Red Cross, both sponsored by Toledo Free Press. Rodebaugh said he likes being part of the compilations.
“I like what Make-A-Wish does,” Rodebaugh said. “[My son] was born extremely premature. … He was born [weighing] 1 pound and spent three months in an incubator. Putting that into perspective, that really plays things differently for me.”
He also likes the local flair the albums bring.
“Since we haven’t been out playing much in the last three years, it’s kind of interesting to see some people and hear from some people that we haven’t heard from in a couple of years and also to see some of the new talent that is out there that we haven’t been exposed to,” Rodebaugh said.
Tags: Bassist Jonathan Rodebaugh, Bend, drummer Jon Kynard, guitarist and vocalist Ben Masters, Holiday Wishes 3, Josh Evans, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Maumee, Oregon, Sanderlings, The Village Idiot, Vampire Weekends, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”