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Sunglow says goodbye to Savannah with massive, 'selfishly curated' show

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Sunglow says goodbye to Savannah with massive, 'selfishly curated' show

15 May 2017



Bookending his farewell-for-now tour through his hometown, Savannah musician Daniel Lynch will close out a major chapter in his life with one last show, a “selfishly curated” 13-band showcase of solo electronic and noise acts dubbed the Audio Personnel and Electrotechnicians Solo Showcase Meltdown.

Over the last 11 years, Lynch has been arguably one of the most prolific musicians in Savannah. While writing and playing in multiple punk bands, Lynch has also kept his electronic solo project Sunglow in constant performance mode, and recently added two more solo projects to his list.

Lynch was born in Savannah, but his parents quickly moved him and brother Derek to Effingham County. The brothers would eventually return to the city full-time to play music. They’ve been deeply entrenched in the music scene in Savannah, playing in several projects, including the much-loved Cray Bags (formerly Crazy Bag Lady).

Lynch will leave behind several projects and take a couple with him when he moves with his girlfriend, Rachael Boswell, to Chicago next month. He played the final show, for now, with his punk bands Cray Bags and Greta O. & The Toxic Shock this past weekend at the Dad Joke Weekendmania, which was the final show scheduled by the Dad Joke booking team he helped found.

Boswell and Lynch make up another of his many projects, The Lipschitz, which will continue in Chicago.

Sunglow will play its farewell-to-Savannah show May 20 at Sulfur Studios.

During his tenure in Savannah, Lynch has operated under the opinion that it’s foolish to try and recreate another band’s sound. Instead, he has always pushed his musical projects to be different, and in some cases he has embraced the most extreme course of combined sounds constituting musical vibration.

“I never really latched onto a lot of Savannah music,” Lynch said. “But that’s a good thing. Do your own thing. I don’t know how many sludge metal bands I’ve seen fizzle out — ‘We’re going to be the next Kylesa.’ I always feel like when they do that kind of thing, it’s forced perspective. I want to be this band. Well, you’re not going to be that band. You’re not in that band.

“That’s just my opinion, which doesn’t mean anything. I always wanted to be something new to this area and not be constricted, or try to press people. It’s funny that people like the music after all. That was never my intention,” he added with a laugh.

Lynch booked the Audio Personnel and Electrotechnicians Solo Showcase Meltdown, Sunglow’s final performance, to be just as unique as its title. His friend Alex Strama, who performs under the name Newagehillbilly, reached out to Lynch to try and set up a show in Savannah for an upcoming tour. Lynch, who has been wanting to play with him, immediately booked Sulfur and started reaching out to other solo electronic/noise acts.

For every Sunglow show, Lynch works up a new custom set. Sometimes, he will recycle songs from previous sets, but mostly he works off the idea of doing something entirely new each time he plays live. He challenged all the solo electronic acts to do the same for his last show, a bill that features 11 Savannah acts and two touring groups.

Each performer will have a 15-minute set, followed by an immediate start of the next act, made possible by two PA systems.

“There will be three blocks,” Lynch said. “Chill beginning. Noise middle. And the end, where it’s my set, which I close with, and God Boat, who is one of the most interesting young acts. It’s like my personal ‘best of Savannah’ festival.

“It could have been bigger, but these are the people that said yes. I wanted to play with them one last time and to see what they got. I trust in all of them. They are all beautiful artists. I get to play with everyone I want to play with and at the same time, it’s a bloodbath. Everyone is going to be trying to show their best stuff; well, their realist stuff.”

Lynch isn’t abandoning Savannah altogether — after all, he will have to come back and visit his mom. He talks of future albums with Cray Bags created by email exchanges with audio file attachments. Later this year, he’ll release a rock album from yet another solo project that will carry his full name.

In regard to the scene he’s leaving behind, a massive void is opening. Regardless of whether his music is in your taste range, everyone who contributes to a community plays an important role in the symbiotic nature of collaboration.

However, new bands are forming every day in this city, thanks in large part to musicians like Lynch, who brave the stage almost every night in hopes of sharing some part of themselves with the world, thereby inspiring others to do the same.

“If it’s a true reflection of yourself, it will be unique regardless,” Lynch said. “It might not be the most beautiful thing, but it will be unique. It has to be unique, because it’s your vomit.”


What: Audio Personnel and Electrotechnicians Solo Showcase Meltdown

When: 7:30 p.m. May 20

Where: Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull St.

Cost: $5, all ages