Chris Marlon Jennings and Jeff Lewis are the core collaborators in the Western Massachusetts based band Sun Parade. NPR Music highlighted their song "Hearts Out" from their 2014 EP as a "Songs We Love" and Culture Collide stated, "Sun Parade offers up a psychedelic full rock record perfect for summer cruising on the road." They have shared stages with Lake Street Dive, Dr. Dog, and Born Ruffians and next month will see the release of their new album, Shuggy Mtn Breakdown, which was produced by Ian Hersey of Rubblebucket. This is Sun Parade's Fidelity High: Jeff Lewis - The Congos // Heart Of The Congos // Black Art // 1977. Jeff says, "Deeper grooves than anything. Also the production value is the sound of my dreams. Spent a lot of time awing at the brilliance of Heart of The Congos in the van on the road with Chris." Chris Marlon Jennings - Dr. Dog // We All Belong // Anti Records // 2007. Chris says, "Specifically 'My Old Ways' off We All Belong was a turning point in my song writing. The tones, the structure and singing were a huge inspiration in starting Sun Parade. This album is comforting, it makes sense to me, yet blows my mind. They seem like a pack of scrappy dogs just barking at the rain on a summer night, which I can relate to. I told them some of this when we played with them, and I think they enjoyed it. Haha. I believe in Dog. Heart Of The Congos is the rhythm in my base. Discovering these albums with Jeff were definitely some high points in my life."
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