The Daredevil Christopher Wright

There are multiple reasons to admire Paste Magazine and I've just found another. Their featured "band of the week" is The Daredevil Christopher Wright. I went to college with these guys, and listened to now lead singer, Jon Sunde, share his new songs at a class picnic in the park. At that time, I just thought he was an overly-confident teen. I sat in the grass and ate my hot dog smugly. But as the years progressed, his nasal, anti-mainstream sound began to win me over. This kid was not just an annoying music major. He might have something.
Weekends in college were spent at small coffee shops listening to the band play their local hits. I caught them last week in Minneapolis at their CD Release Show. Their first full-length album In Deference to a Broken Back was released this past week from Amble Down Records.
The three-man band is known for their hard-to-pin-down style that is only described in terms of whom they are not. They are not like Matchbox 20.
Their album was mixed by Justin Vernon, a.k.a. Bon Iver, and features an array of moods and instruments. My favorite is when second guitarist and back-up vocalist, Jason Sunde, plays his recorder. Not enough bands use the recorder. Nickelback does not play the recorder.
The Daredevil Christopher Wright has also been reviewed by Relevant Magazine and Daytrotter. They are in the midst of planning their album tour which, so far, features midwestern towns.
They've got a cheeky songwriting style that is rife with ironic phrasing and simple delivery. It's the kind of writing that says what they really mean.

"The teeth in your mouth
are crooked like your fathers
so you got braces.

And you hope that you won't
pass it on to your kids
they're quite expensive."

Give them a try. I'm pleased as punch with their efforts. They've come a long way, and I'm glad to have been a part of it. Catch them soon before they get too popular and then it's not cool to like them anymore. That's what happened to The Fray. They are not like The Fray.


  1. Saw this band live a couple months ago and enjoyed the show.

    Even so, I'm not really a fan of the recorder. And to avoid any confusion, not really a fan of Nickelback either.

  2. You mean it's not cool to like the Fray anymore?

    Man, I'm so behind. I've been listening to them a lot lately.

  3. Just a general rule of thumb: If a 15 yr. old has heard of a band, or a parent of a junior higher, the music is immediately null and void of coolness.

  4. i have a similar question to brad's, but the opposite... it was once cool to like the fray?

  5. This is why I love Paste magazine. A band doesn't have to break the Billboard Hot 100 to get a review. Thanks for the heads-up.

    Also, Bon Iver did a song with Lykke Li and put in on youtube a while ago, you should take a look, it's wonderful!

  6. I have been watching this band from our mutual home town, Eau Claire, for a handful of years now. I remember seeing them at Racy D'elenes back when they still had shows, they put on a helluva show for the Laarks album release, and I literally just watched them tonight at The Underground in Menomonie, on UW-Stout campus. They're fantastic. Their tales are absolutely transcendent, they are absolutely vocal virtuosos and they put their weight into strongly emotional yet sturdy phrases. They also have this wild spirit of cheery abandon. One of the most absolutely fun, genuine, and impressive bands around.