Sept. 7 show could be Sanderlings’ lastWritten by Matt Liasse | | email@example.com
An upcoming show at The Village Idiot is likely to be The Sanderlings’ last.
The band, which will perform at the Maumee venue at 10 p.m. Sept. 7, formed in 2006 and released its last album “Awesome Opossum” last October. Members have been working together for three years to keep the band alive after guitarist and vocalist Josh Evans moved to Bend, Ore., for a teaching job.
Promoting the album with Evans away has been a challenge.
“Aside from the geographic distance, it has become even more challenging as [we] have started families,” Evans said in an email.
“Awesome Opossum” took three years to make.
“It could’ve done a lot better had we been around to support it,” bassist Jonathan Rodebaugh said.
The band, which also includes Jon Kynard and Ben Masters, last played together at Mickey Finn’s Pub last December. It was the first time the band had been together since 2010.
Rodebaugh said to replace Evans would be hard because they are all “equally members.”
“To replace him would not only be disingenuous, but it just wouldn’t be the same. It would feel like we were putting forth a counterfeit product,” Rodebaugh said.
The Sept. 7 show will be filmed in HD for a DVD. Rodebaugh suggests guests arrive early.
“It’ll be bittersweet,” Rodebaugh said. “It’s not like we’re saying we’re totally breaking up, but just the likelihood of us playing another show is in the single digits as far as percentages goes.”
The band will play for two to three hours, Rodebaugh said, to celebrate the band’s seven-year career full of memories, such as opening for the Gin Blossoms and Masters falling through a “poorly-constructed stage” during a gig at a softball tournament and benefit.
“We also heard our songs played on the radio, which was always a great feeling,” Evans said.
The band is working on signing two songs, “Goin’ to Carolina” and “Tight Shirts & Sweaters,” to Black Cloud Productions in Boston this year. The songs will be available to be used by advertising companies and movie studios.
The Sanderlings appeared on last year’s “Holiday Wishes 2,” the holiday album benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation, and this year’s “Red, White & You” supporting the American Red Cross, both sponsored by Toledo Free Press.
The band is looking forward to recording for the next holiday album. Members are debating between “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and Vampire Weekend’s “Holiday.” Rodebaugh said this tune will probably be the last The Sanderlings recording.
Rodebaugh said he is trying something new during the band’s final projects. He is working on solo material, including some songs he already recorded with The Sanderlings band members.
“There will be two quasi-Sanderlings songs,” Rodebaugh said.
During the recording of “Awesome Opossum,” after Evans moved, Rodebaugh finished a large percentage of the work on the record. He said his solo material will probably sound similar because of that.
“There’s a huge difference between our three EPs and one album with the last album,” Rodebaugh said. “Part of that break is the counterbalance of Josh being lifted and tilted towards the way I do things.
Rodebaugh said he is enjoying recording.
“It’s kind of good and bad,” he said. “The freedom that’s within creating your own stuff is kind of good, but not having someone to counterbalance you is frightening.”
Rodebaugh is working with Dark Ocean Colors’ Scott Hunt, the man who taught him guitar, for the project.
Other band members are keeping busy; Masters is leading worship at a church and working a music store and Kynard is in “like 15 bands.”
“He’s finding things to do,” Rodebaugh said.
A year ago, Masters said the goal of the band was to just play music. Rodebaugh’s goals are similar now.
“[Just] do music that I’m happy with,” Rodebaugh said. “I’m in the realization that if I ever wanted to make it famous, that was 10 years ago and in another city. … I enjoy making music. I want to make music that I enjoy and that I’m proud of and if other people like it, that’s great.”
Rodebaugh thanked the band’s fans of the last seven years.
“We didn’t have a bazillion fans but the ones that we had were pretty loyal,” he said. “To have a full Village Idiot, that’s what’s fun about it.”