The Northwest Indiana progressive pop/rock trio Stop.Drop.Rewind officially releases its third EP, "Polarity," a follow up to "Part of the Whole" (2012) and "Smoke Signals" (2014), at 9 p.m. Friday at The Franklin House (58 S. Campbell St.) in Valparaiso.
" We’ve got a great lineup for the show with The Indigos, Oceans Over Airplanes, Ada’s Machine, and James Neary," said drummer Andy Sutton, a third of S.D.R. with vocalist/bassist Kris Lohn and guitarist DJ Crenson. Physical copies of the EP will be available at the show and via iTunes, Amazon, and the website stopdroprewind.com.
"We’ve got 3 different release shows planned. After the Franklin House, we have one Feb. 20 at Royal Skate in Lansing, and then Feb. 27 at Be Here Now in Muncie," added Sutton. A spring/summer tour outside of the Region is also planned.
"Stop.Drop.Rewind was formed when Kris was in college at VU," Sutton said. "They had some success before I joined, opening for Hawthorne Heights quite a few times and touring. I had actually auditioned for them back in 2011 while in college, but I had just been in a bad car accident and it was harder to get around than I thought, so I pulled out of the running. Then last year, they posted about needing a drummer on Facebook. It must have been fate. I messaged them and we had instant chemistry!"
This new six original song EP marks Sutton's first recording with the group. "I was a fan of their music before becoming part of the band. DJ and Kris have always worked well together as songwriting partners. Personally, I wanted to preserve their unique vision for the project while adding in my own style. I feel 'Polarity' is even more musically progressive and modern than the last two. We all brought new influences to the table and put everything we had into this recording.
The finished album opens with "Bottomless" - Sutton's first writing collaboration with DJ and Kris - followed by new songs "Guts," "Braver Than I Was," "Super Soldier," and "Quicksand." The only older, but never recorded, pre-Sutton tune is “Trains."
"We recorded 'Polarity' with Roye Robley in his studio, The Bomb Shelter. All drum parts were recorded at Paul Henry’s Art Gallery in Hammond. Roye took great care and also contributed several ideas on the production side. He really liked the project and he put a lot of time into making sure it sounded good."
In addition to his work in Stop.Drop.Rewind, Sutton plays with Chicago blues artist Liz Mandeville who he cites as "one of my mentors in the music industry." In the past few years, Sutton has also worked with the Voo Davis Band, Barcode, the Scott Ellison Band out of Tulsa, Bob Mandarino's New Homewreckers, The Random Band, Buck Daddy, Bandits in Pursuit, Danger Will Robinson, and Hot Rod Heathens. "I also have a large wedding and corporate jazz band called the Calumet Ridge Jazz Ensemble, which has now evolved into Sutton Music Co. (suttonmusicco.com) and incorporates both CRJE and a Top 40 band we’re calling The Uptown Dance Band," added Sutton.
His S.D.R. cohorts likewise have side projects. Lohn assists Sutton with Sutton Music Co. projects and plays with The Energy Commission and The Rave. DJ performs solo acoustic gigs at coffee shops and plays in his church band.
Keep up with the band at: stopdroprewind.com. "You can follow our antics on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter," Sutton said.
• Advance tickets are now available ($35) for the First annual FeBREWary Beer Fest" at Patrician Banquets (410 E. US Highway 30) in Schererville, being sponsored in part by Finnegans Pub in Dyer. The inaugural indoor beer fest happens Feb. 20 (1 - 4 p.m.) and will showcase more than 25 regional and national craft breweries. Live entertainment provided by Greg Ashby & Friends. Advance tickets via brownpapertickets.com. Cost at door: $45.
• East Coast folkies - The Lone Bellow (thelonebellow.com) - has just been announced as a special "add on" show for the 2016 Imagine Music Series at Memorial Opera House. The group is touring behind its latest album, "Then Came The Morning," and will return to the historic Valparaiso venue on Saturday, March 26.
"We have been trying to book The Lone Bellow back ever since their awesome concert here two years ago," said Imagine partner Brad Koeppen. "This opportunity came up and we've got them!" More: imaginemusicvalpo.com or memorialoperahouse.com.
• Chicago synth-psych-pop combo Oscillator Bug released the song "Soft Rabbit" online this week to promote its upcoming Feb. 19 release "ZP," a 5-track follow-up to Oscillator Bug's 2014 album debut "Bursts of the Million." OB's Zaid Maxwell has been part of the Windy City music scene for several years, playing in various bands, including Shapers with Steve Reidell (of The Hood Internet). More: facebook.com/Oscillator.Bug.
• Iconic R&B performer and Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductee Lloyd Price ("Lawdy Miss Clawdy", "Personality") will guest on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio's weekly "A Look At The Arts" program at 1 p.m. Friday to chat about his new book, "Sumdumhonky" (Cool Titles Publishing), which recounts the struggle of being a black performer in segregated America during the middle of the 20th Century. This new book is the follow up to his 2011 autobiography, "The True King of the Fifties: The Lloyd Price Story."
• The "Midwest BEAT's Evolution of Black Music In America" series for Black History Month continues on Lakeshore Public Radio as "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" with the 7 p.m. Feb. 16 show focusing on Jazz, with special musical guest Billy Foster as professional jazz musician, recording artist and renowned educator. Foster is also the producer/host of the long running radio program, "Billy Foster Jazz Zone" (heard on WGVE/88.7FM in Gary) Stream Lakeshore programs online at: lakeshorepublicmedia.org.