Started initially by high school friends Dick Walsh (vocals), Cliff Rettler (bass) and Jon Stoffel (drums) in a small town north of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was not until 2006 that they established themselves as Sunday Sunglasses. Like most young bands after several years of playing together, new musicians came and went and in 2007 the band was rounded off with the addition of lead guitarist Michael Phillips. In 2009, a bongo player and good friend, Sean Grohall, joined the group to add a percussive twist for a benefit show. He has remained a member ever since, expanding the sound to become what it is today.
Sunday Sunglasses has been compared to that of Dr. Hook, The Rolling Stones, early Pink Floyd, Modest Mouse and Built to Spill. With their feel good lyrics, positive energy, and unique sound, most fans have a hard time comparing them and just stick to enjoying the sold out shows at local venues like Stubby’s and the Rave. Listeners all over the Midwest enjoy an experience like no other, says Phillips “it’s a blend of story telling combined with soothing upbeat grooves, inspirational songs dealing with the complexities of everyday living, and a touch of humor.” Sunday Sunglasses transcends the barriers of genres and demographics. Their music leaves the listener humming melodies and wanting more.
Their long over due self titled debut album , recorded at Full Spectrum Studios, in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin was released in late 2010. It features creative original songs such as “Welcome Up to My Cloud” and “Growing Old”. Critics at Buzzafied.com raved about the album, declaring it to be “a great display of true musical talent.” A follow up full-length album is in the works for release in early 2012.
The band has big plans for 2011 so keep your eyes and ears open for Sunday Sunglasses.