In a sense, insisting on tucking away messages of hope and optimism in the face of what seems to be formidable hopelessness is very punk rock of Magnolia Summer. And while such sophistication often doesn't come until far along in a band's career, consider Grabau's band still a work-in-progress.
"I don't think the band is one particular thing," he says. "The band is a progression musically. I'd like to build a body of work that highlights that progression. Not to say that we're going to put out some death-metal music the next record, but I hope the record hints at an evolution of sound and songwriting.
Magnolia Summer: Watch the road and memorize, this life that passes before
Outdoor stage at Vintage Vinyl, (6610 Delmar
Boulevard, University City.)
"If I was a painter, you would always exhibit your most recent work and hope that your work doesn't discredit what you did before but [be] a continuation of it and an evolution of it. Painters tend to take different directions. What remains is a constant theme or a vision of insight. I would hope this record would remain true to what's insightful to me or what I tend to be about musically and at the same time not be a rehash of what's been done."