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Josh Berwanger is likely best known as the singer/guitarist of seminal early 2000’s band The Anniversary, but in the years since the band’s sudden breakup, he’s never ceased writing and playing music. His latest efforts see him collaborating with longtime friend (and original drummer for The Anniversary) Michael Hutcherson to create honest, sunny, pop-tinged rock and roll. Their debut record Strange Stains will be released on Good Land Records on October 1, 2013 and Rolling Stone last week premiered the record’s first song, “Baby Loses Her Mind”.
Listen to “Baby Loses Her Mind”: http://snd.sc/12mQU2i
Josh spent the past few years coaching high-school basketball in Lawrence, Kansas, while writing and recording the 11 tracks on Strange Stains. Although at times he was tempted to give up chasing his musical dreams, he ultimately realized that hanging up his guitar was something he was never meant to do. “I want to make rock and roll. I want to make something honest”, he explains of his decision to continue to write. The songs on Strange Stains reflect these struggles – their sweet, catchy melodies belie stories of loneliness, fear and frustration. “It’s a record that speaks about love, heartbreak, idiots and continuing to pursue what you love to do, no matter how hard that shit is”, Josh says. Mixed and mastered by Paul Mahern (Blake Babies, Afghan Whigs, Okkervil River, Iggy Pop, The Fray), the record also features a slew of guest musicians including Jim McPherson (The Breeders), TK Webb (TK Webb and the Visions), Brandon Phillips (The Architects) and Heidi Gluck (Julianna Hatfield).
Fall touring plans including CMJ will be announced soon.