"Today, I let go of everything," Sundowner main man Chris McCaughan sings on "Life in the Embers," an equally cutting and chipper highlight from the Chicago songwriter's next album. That opening line doubles as a sort of mantra for McCaughan, who moonlights as the co-leader and guitarist for punk trio the Lawrence Arms.
"I decided I had to find a way to let go of all the shit that had built up over time, that had crowded my days, that I'd held onto for too long," McCaughan told SPIN. "So, ["Life in the Embers"] is a song of acceptance, of coming to terms with things you can't change, of a past you can't alter. And, with that, it's a song of self-actualization, of enacting an uncertain rebirth, of seeing hope in the bonfires of what once was. Or maybe it's just a song about watching it all burn." Stream it below and decide for yourself.
Sundowner tour dates:
September 7 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
September 20 - Normal, IL @ Firehouse Pizza
September 21 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
September 24 - Moline, IL @ Bier Stube
September 26 - Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class
September 27 - Detroit, MI @ Small's