Best of 2009: The Interviews: .357 Lover

Photo courtesy of Tell All Your Friends PR

Photo courtesy of Tell All Your Friends PR

“Diorama of the Golden Lion” was among our favorite albums of 2009. Ben Folds stated that he doubted “many people will like [Diorama of the Golden Lion] because music audiences in general aren’t smart enough for this kind of quality a statement that confused singer and songwriter Jon Cunningham also known as Corn Mo of Corn Mo’s .357 Lover, “I’m not sure. I read some reviews that hated this album saying the lyrics weren’t honest. Most of them have elements of things that I have experienced or things that have happened to me. Nighttime School is about the bad advice I received from my high school counselor.  Maybe Tonite is a make out fantasy about a girl I almost married. German Lady is about a woman who hitched a ride with my family from Wiesbaden to Frankfurt when I lived in Germany. Sweet Kentucky Girl is about my grandmother. Everything in Junior High is true. Everything in High on the Horse is true.  Old Man was written after my mom died.  I was upset about my dad being alone. And I really loved the movie Time Cop.” He continued, “My lyric style is simple. I like reading Kurt Vonnegut. I don’t spoon feed my feelings in my writing and I don’t think people should have to use my songs as a self-help book.  I consider my music to be full of joy, presented in a 70’s arena rock fashion.  I guess it doesn’t connect to some people.”

The songs on the album came about slowly some spanning over 10 years, “Some of the songs like “German Lady Special” was recorded back in 1998. Since then, more recordings were made over the years.  Some songs were deleted from the list as others were added. The final arrangement of songs seemed to fit together. And it seemed time to finish something.”

Their unique blend of sounds on the album did not go unnoticed, when asked how the band’s overall sound originated Cunningham stated, “I listened to a lot of Queen, Van Halen, Tiny Tim, Cheap Trick, Guns and Roses, Neil Diamond, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Motley Crue, Rush, Scorpions and Ennio Morricone.”

His inspiration for making music is as simple as finishing a song, “There’s a great feeling when I’ve finished a song.  It’s really hard to make one that I can be proud of.  I joined a group called the Bushwick Book Club. We write songs based on the book assigned for that month. Most of the time, I’m writing the day of the show.”

As far as live performances go they are as much visual as musical Cunningham explains, “I don’t consume alcohol or dairy on the day of the show and give everything I can.  We’ve been adding videos lately and my girlfriend does trapeze sometimes for a song I wrote for her.”

As far as live performances go they are as much visual as musical Cunningham explains, “I don’t consume alcohol or dairy on the day of the show and give everything I can. We’ve been adding videos lately and my girlfriend does trapeze sometimes for a song I wrote for her.”

Cunningham promises that the next album is right around the corner, “We’re going back into the studio in January to record the next album.  It will only take a couple of months rather than 10 years.  We’re also doing a residency at the Knitting Factory every Tuesday in January [and] we’ll probably tour in the spring.”

For more on the band visit www.357lover.com

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