Struggling through the music business has brought brothers Brian and Bob Sumner closer together.
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The Sumner Brothers will be making a stop at Java Express, 23 Main Street on Sept. 23 for their fourth tour in support of their most recent album.
“We can’t afford to have at it too much because it would just be too detrimental,” Brian said over the phone from his home in Vancouver. “We work too hard.”
Brian, 35, and Bob, 32, are in their eighth year of performing as the Sumner Brothers. The band is going on its fourth tour in support of the September 2012 release I’ll Be There Tomorrow. The 18-day stretch includes a stop at Java Express at 23 Main Street North in Moose Jaw.
The Times-Herald asked the eldest Sumner how the two brothers avoid the route of the Gallagher brothers from the band Oasis, who were famous for their fights. He said the two get better at dealing with each other every year.
“We know when to just drop it, so to speak, which is pretty much right away if you’re stuck in a car with someone for 18 days,” Sumner said. “But we have at it still. Three or four times a year we’ll get in each other’s face. It’s always awkward for other band members or club owners.”
He credits that particular brand of brotherly love to the band’s longevity. The two are never worried about damaging their relationship or breaking up the band.
In the rare moments when they’re not touring, the Sumner Brothers heads into the wild to record.
“We record in cabins, so we will be going back into a cabin in January to work on another record,” Sumner said.
They’ve recorded in two cabins: one on Galiano Island, B.C. and the other in Merritt.
The Sumner Brothers bring in a professional engineer and top-notch equipment. Musically, they love the experience.
“We get to use the space to add atmosphere to the record,” Sumner said. “It gives it a sound, I think. It connects all the songs in a way because they all have that same reverb and character.”
For the musicians themselves, Sumner described the process as “intense.”
“There are no distractions. There’s nothing to do but record and arrange,” Sumner said. “And we always have a keg up there.”
He said in the past, the band has walked into the cabin with about 20 songs and walked out with an album with 10 songs.
Fans of the Sumner Brothers will have plenty of opportunity to hear new and old stuff from the band before the upcoming record is released.
After the current tour, the band intends to release an album of cover songs. For the past two-and-a-half years, the band has released a cover song every month through its mailing list. Brian and Bob will pick their favourites and put out an album in late fall or early winter.
The Sumner Brothers were nominated for a 2013 Western Canadian Music Award for songwriter of the year for Going Out West. The awards are announced on Oct. 6.
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