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Serving in the US Navy as a real-life air traffic controller, singer/songwriter Dave Munro sent home 4-track demos he had written and recorded during his deployment. One song reached producer/artist Bleu, and when Munro returned to his hometown of Boston, the aptly-named rock band Air Traffic Controller was born. The band’s debut album, NORDO, was produced by Bleu.
After the band's duet "You Know Me" shot to #1 on Hype Machine, they quickly started earning coverage for the song on AOL Spinner, NPR, FILTER, Boston Phoenix, Pop Matters and blogs like College Beats, Ryan's Smashing Life, Eargasm and Wounded Jukebox. They played the song live for Relix Magazine, FILTER/Dickies, Blue Microphones, Balcony TV LA, and the ABC Network in Los Angeles. The song has been featured in official blogs on Spotify, Grooveshark and has had over 140k listens on SoundCloud. WERS in Boston has championed the song giving it the same rotation as bands like Dawes, fun., and Youngblood Hawke. Radio play for "You Know Me" and other songs off of NORDO have been featured on over 150 College and Specialty Shows with 11 Weeks on the Top 200 CMJ Charts. Home-town support in Boston is tremendous with plays from WERS, RadioBoston, WXRV, Frank FM, WFNX, WBUR and were named by WERS as one of the Top 5 acts of 2012.
“My aim is to be earnest and have integrity,” says Zach Porter, primary songwriter of the transcendent pop-rock quartet The Tragic Thrills. “When I write songs for this band, I question every word because I want to make sure everything is honest.”
The quartet is comprised of seasoned musicians with national and international touring experience, and successful track records with both major and independent labels. With The Tragic Thrills, the band members break away from their legacies to rally behind the poetic and irreverently romantic songs Porter has crafted. Emboldened by the fresh start, the guys have taken the reins to steer their destiny. They self-funded their self-titled debut, and, enamored with the subtle genius production on Mat Kearney’s Young Love, handpicked producer Jason Lehning.
Brandon Cunningham isn’t a spinner of tall tales. This is where he diverges from the path traveled by most traditional folk singers. He’d just as soon skip the bullshit and get right to the substance: the tensions that lie between love and loss, chance and meaning, brokenness and redemption. These are the ideas and experiences that occupy his mind, the inner dialogue that is captured in his songs: finding the meaning within those tensions, and the hope that lies just beyond them.
Cunningham has always been the quiet, contemplative type—but he didn’t always look to music as a vehicle for his thoughts. Growing up in Texas, he sang in the gospel choir (ask him about the time he opened for M.C. Hammer), and he learned how to strum a six-string as a teenager. But music was never particularly personal for him—until he heard Bon Iver at age 19.
Something about those first few songs he heard made a strong impact, stitching together feeling and experience in a way that resonated more deeply than anything he’d heard before. He started thinking about music as a vehicle for capturing his own thoughts and experiences. He started writing.
Pretty soon he had enough songs under his belt—originals and covers—to take the stage. He got two friends together, and played his first show. It was terrible. Truly awful. But he loved it. He was hooked.
Brandon has journeyed many miles since those first steps, both literally and figuratively. Propelled by restlessness, compelled by truth, he is convinced that while tension and pain are often the markers and milestones of this life, all roads can ultimately lead to renewal. That is a choice we can all make. And while we must live with the tension long enough to know it, the call of life is to find the meaning and hope beyond it. That’s what Cunningham is constantly seeking. His songs reflect that spirit. His music is a documentation of that journey.