The music of ((Sounder)) is filled with resignation and uncertainty. Life may be good, but it's likely to go bad... and get worse before it gets worser. No one has the answers or knows where to find them. The world and everything in it will eventually end. The band scores these themes with appropriately gloomy, experimental noise-rock. But they complicate the mix by throwing in some jangly, uptempo sing-alongs, all of which makes their latest CD, Good Things Come and Go Like Bad Things an intriguing listen.
"I guess like most, I fluctuate from the feeling that there is great promise for all of us," says ((Sounder)) frontman Mike Aho. "But there is just so much negligence and pain in the world, it's hard to stay optimistic all the time." Aho says he actually used to have a darker outlook, "but my two year-old daughter is certainly re-teaching me the beauty of all that is around us."
Aho writes and records as ((Sounder)) in Costa Mesa, Calif., with percussionist Steve Stratton. The two met through skateboarding and made their first recordings in 2005 with a cassette recorder they set up under a mini (skateboarding) ramp. They released their debut a year later, There Is Another Sun Clouded Over With Meticulous Care.
Aho was living in Austin, TX when he wrote "Those Days Were Good Days (as Days Sometimes Are)." "I was really broke at the time and pretty down on a lot of things," he says. "It's just kind of a stream of consciousness text about a lot things I was going through and thinking about at that time in my life. Love, religion, the end of the world... it's kind of all over the place, but hopefully touches on a lot of things that we all feel."
Aho is also a visual artist and is producing a series of videos for the latest ((Sounder)) CD. Two are out already on the band's Web site and three more are in the works. Aho has also produced videos for other artists like Bonnie "Prince" Billy.