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Seven Mary Three rocks River Run

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As rockers age, their music tends to get more real. At least that’s the case for Seven Mary Three, a band that formed straight out of college 17 years ago.The rock band emerged on the national scene with its iconic single, “Cumbersome,” which still receives plenty of airplay to this day.In its 15-year (and counting) popular run, it’s released more than seven records, though by the third or fourth, the major label Seven Mary Three had signed with simply wanted them to “rewrite the same songs,” said bassist Casey Daniel in a phone interview. But the four musicians, three of whom have been together for more than a decade, didn’t want a bunch of “do-overs.” So they opted for an amicable split and released their sixth album, “day&nightdriving,” for the Bellum/ICON label. It represented “a return to the band’s original motivation – to make music for themselves, unbound by expectations or constraints.”Co-founding member and singer Jason Ross had always tapped into his introspective songwriting to fuel the words, but laced with a bit of maturity and experience as a family man, he made the music even more real on “day&nightdriving,” talking about reconciling a rock career on the road with home life.”(As you get older), perspectives change,” Daniel said. “That’s what keeps it true to who you are. It’s not reliving the glory days … more people believe it and relate.”The first single from the album, “Last Kiss,” smacks of guilt, self-incrimination and the need to move on.”Love is easy,” Ross wrote in a press release. “Relationships are hard. The first kiss is easy. Forgiving somebody for kissing someone else is hard.”Ross admits to wanting to leave the band several times but being drawn back, almost as if by gravitational force. He’s struggled with sacrificing relationships in service of the music, and co-founder Daniel relates. The band has spent no more than two of the last 15 Thanksgivings at home, and Saturday, Daniel will be away from his dad on his dad’s birthday.And yet, the music still invigorates them- and audiences – so much that they’re working out new songs live on stage this summer.”What comes out on records is different now,” Daniel said. “Now, there’s not as much push to make it into huge rock songs or try to make it fit in.”Saturday, the band will play a mix of old radio hits and new tunes.”For the most part, it’s still a rock band,” Daniel said. “It didn’t loose the energy that generally comes on stage.”And, it’s a vibe that draws “kids from slipknot shirts to guys in cowboy hats to little kids who all find a way to relate to it.”As Shunnie VanderMeer, River Run Village’s commercial marketing manager, puts it: “The melodic sounds of Seven Mary Three appeals to people of all generations.”


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