Each week, a Globe-pal (AKA a DJ at 91.1 the Globe) takes a song of their choosing, and dishes out a healthy review to be sent out and posted on globeradio.org/music.
The Globe Track of the Week is an excellent way to keep up with the new tunes presented weekly on 91.1 the Globe, the best college radio station in Indiana.
It’s with a large level of enthusiasm that I introduce this week’s Globe Track of the Week: Sunny War – No Reason
Sunny War jumped into the Globe’s catalog with a roar. Her song, No Reason, was added to the station’s database because it showed up on the Americana Charts as the most added song by radio stations, and it was number one in the Bubblin’ Up category.
There’s a reason the song sat so high in these categories. Because the song is a banger, but when you learn more about this up and coming artist originally from Los Angeles, the song gains a new level of importance.
War’s introduction to playing music was via her upbringing and her family’s gospel roots, and those roots can be heard in this track, but there are hints of other elements in the song.
In her bio, War lists a wide variety of artists that helped shape her music. This list includes Daniel Johnston and Roky Erickson, but also includes AC/DC, Motley Crue, Bad Brains, the Minutemen, and X.
Aside from these influences, there is a lot of pain in Sunny War’s past that can be felt in all of her music, including our track of the week.
War’s music has been a tool for her to overcome addictions to alcohol, heroin and methamphetamines. She wrote her entire album, Anarchist Gospel, as a result of her recovery, but her pain didn’t stop with her substance abuse past.
While she was recording the album, she received the worst news any person can receive. Her father was dying. She stopped the recording process to go be with her dad in his final hours.
When she came back to the recording studio, she brought an even deeper level of meaning with her to the songs. It can be heard. Oh my, can it be heard.
Sunny War’s No Reason is a very valuable addition to 91.1 The Globe’s library.
– Mike Murrell