Cleveland's SomeKindaWonderful is not a band that's easily pigeonholed -- unless not being easily pigeonholed, stylistically, can be considered a category.
"We pride ourselves on being a genre-blending band," says frontman Jordy Towers, who had been in California working on a hip-hop solo career when he met bandmates Matt Gibson and Ben Schigel while visiting family a couple of years ago in Cleveland. "We call come from different backgrounds. If you listen to our (self-titled) album, every song is very different. We have some of that Phil Spector, almost Motown kind of sound and some rock stuff and some hip-hop. We have blues, we've got bluegrass, a little bit of country in there.
"We just like everything, so when we got together we said, 'Why don't we just make everything and we'll put it under one (name). That's why we call it SomeKindaWonderful; it's kind of an open-ending name. You don't know what we'll do."
Towers says the quartet's (including percussionist Sarah Dryer) dream is "to have a song on ever format at radio -- rap stations, pop stations. We want to be across the board and not discriminate against any style." That can be a hard sell to the masses, but the "SomeKindaWonderful" album made its way onto the Billboard Heatseekers chart after it was released in June, while "Reverse" was a Top 20 hit at alternative radio. And Towers says audiences seem to love the mix as much as the band does.
"It's actually getting easier," he reports. "I feel like the world is coming together more every week. If you look at any random person's iPod, everybody likes everything. I know on my iPod I have hip-hop, I have rock, I have reggae...everything.
"And that's just what this album is. It's a mixture of genres, cut all in the same idea and coming from the came place. I dunno -- we're just (expletive) rock stars, bro. We just want to make the best music possible."
SomeKindaWonderful, New Politics and Bad Suns
Saturday, Nov. 22. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.
Tickets are $29.
Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.
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