You can’t beat Sunshine Behavior when it comes to solid alternative rock. Back in the days of the genre’s origin it was called L.A. rock. As in the Byrds (when Roger McGuinn went by Jim), Love, bands like that. Later outfits like Gin Blossoms slapped a bit of edge on it, but it’s the same beautifully romantic rock—complete with sardonic angst. Sunshine Behavior can hardly play enough shows to suit their following. Wherever they take the stage—the Fine Line, The Cabooze—a rapturous mob ensues. Sensibly so. Like I said, nobody does it better than the boys in Sunny B. The roster is Jimmy Lyback (bass), Jeremy Krueth (drums), Harley Wood (vocals) and Justin Schommer (guitar). Everybody here has chops to burn. Once these guys go national, they’re going to blow a lot pretenders right straight out of the water and seriously revitalize the scene. Lyback talks about Sunshine Behavior.
How did the band get together? When?
In my mind, Sunshine Behavior was basically born from a burning desire from my early teens of just having some strange understanding and yearning to be a [successful rock musician] and to take on all of the good and bad of a lifetime in that occupation. It all came into focus when I heard my father playing “I’m Your Capt’n” by Grand Funk Railroad. I had played on and off with Justin for years due to our fathers playing bass and guitar together in bands. After losing a guitar playing in my first semi-serious band, Velveteen, I called upon my long-time buddy Justin.
Who does the songwriting?
Justin and me. Both of us have unique styles and traits which give us variety when writing together or separately. For the most part we leave the vocals up to the singer.
How’d you guys decide what went on the album?
It’s not always an easy choice but it is one that has to be made—until we release a double or triple album.
There’s a rumor fans are threatening to boil of you in oil because “Bar Of Chocolate” got left off.
“Bar of Chocolate” just didn’t make the cut this time. It’s going to be on the next album.
What’s next for Sunshine Behavior?
We’ve [achieved] staying power and we’re going to push it.
Dwight Hobbes is a writer based in the Twin Cities. He contributes regularly to the Daily Planet.