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Interview:
Sibling Strength Powers Straylight Run
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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The Long Island pop quartet Straylight Run is fronted by the brother-sister team of John and Michelle Nolan. And while it’s always a bit daring to be in a band with a sibling, the former says that this particular relationship seems friendlier than the feuds between brother teams such as Oasis’ Noel and Liam Gallagher and the Black Crowes’ Chris and Rich Robinson.

“I don’t have a brother, so I’m not sure how different it is,” says John Nolan, who formed Straylight Run in 2003 with bassist Shaun Cooper after the two quit Taking Back Sunday.

“It all depends on your personality. I think if you come from the type of family that’s volatile and easily angered, it doesn’t matter what member of your family’s in the band. You’re probably going to have trouble.

“But our whole family is very laid-back people, not prone to getting into fights or anything. So we’re cool.”

In fact, Nolan, 29, is the first to point out Michelle’s growth as a key factor on Straylight Run’s second album, “The Needles the Space,” which comes out Tuesday.

“With the first record,” Nolan says, “she had been playing piano for awhile, but as far as playing guitar and writing and performing songs, she had maybe only been doing that for two or three years. That’s pretty early on to get into a recording that is gonna be heard by a lot of people.

“But I think the process of recording the first album and an EP and obviously touring for two or three years, that really helped to speed her along in the process of developing as a musician and a songwriter. You can really hear it.”



Straylight Run, Sparta and Lovedrug perform at 6 p.m. Friday (June 15th) at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $17. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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