JULIANA HATFIELD in concert
Fast on the heels of April 2018’s acclaimed Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John comes Juliana Hatfield’s new self-produced all-originals album, Weird. Freda Love Smith (Blake Babies, Sunshine Boys) and Todd Philips (Lemonheads, The Juliana Hatfield Three) each played drums on multiple songs while Hatfield played all of the other instruments (and some additional drums).
Weird is an album about disconnection and discomfort. “I often feel cut-off from other people, from my feelings, from technology, from popular culture,” says Hatfield. “I feel weird, I feel like I’m dreaming my life and that I am going to wake up some day.” While Hatfield’s songs—melodies and lyrics and structures—are meticulously crafted, her guitar parts are loose and sometimes a little unhinged, first-take expressions of this temperamental uneasiness. “Personally, I feel like a malfunctioning machine. There’s a screw or two loose. I want my guitar playing to reflect that.”
Sunshine Boys are a Chicago-based trio of veteran indie rock musicians featuring Jacqueline Schimmel (Justin Roberts, Big Hello), Freda Love Smith (Blake Babies, Mysteries of Life) and Dag Juhlin (Poi Dog Pondering, The Slugs). The band's 2018 debut album, Blue Music, appeared on multiple year-end 'Best Of' lists, and was named 2018's #1 album by Twirl Radio and The Radio Indie Alliance. Popmatters hailed Blue Music as “A pop lover's dream...hopeful and comforting...something quite gorgeous and elegant.” Sunshine Boys are currently recording their second album, Work and Love, due for release in 2020.