John Arthur Webb, the 32-year-old singer-guitarist for one of SPIN's favorite new bands, London alt-rockers Male Bonding, is feeling nostalgic.
"Musically the '90s made the biggest impact on me," he says."When I was a kid I mopped floors at an all boys school, and I could buy one CD every two weeks. Nirvana, Blur, Sepultura.... That's the soundtrack to me getting drunk for the first time, getting dumped for the first time, and generally experiencing all those weird feelings for the first time. The association of those times and those bands for me is priceless."
Webb's musical upbringing is channeled into his band's second album, Endless Now, out August 30 via Sub Pop. The LP was recorded in the same upstate New York church where Dinosaur Jr. made 1993's Where You Been. "It sounds like a happy refugee from that alt-rock era," SPIN writes in the album's eight-out-of-10 review, featured in our upcoming September issue. "[It's] all battering drums and youthful, melodic confusion." "Tame the Sun," presented exclusively below, is just that.
LISTEN: Male Bonding, "Tame the Sun"
"'Tame the Sun' is about realizing that you can't control what other people do," Webb explains. "No matter how much it may piss you off, or make you sad, or how much you want to help someone.It's about trying to be more apathetic about that stuff."
Male Bonding album trailer: