When Chicago natives the Hush Sound recently ended a five-year hiatus with a new EP, it called the release “45,” a number worn by a Windy City act that made a slightly more famous comeback, Michael Jordan. Yes, the band’s cheeky wit remains intact.
“[The unretired Jordan] was smarter, but he wasn’t as athletic," guitarist Bob Morris admits in a recent conversation on the band’s website.
A more mature Hush Sound has lost none of its nimbleness on “45,” which includes the soulful groove of “Not a Stranger” and the racing energy of “Scavenger.”
The new music echoes the lovely jangle-pop that first caught the attention of Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz, who signed the then-teenage songwriter-pianist Greta Morgan and nearly-as-young collaborators Morris, Chris Faller and Darren Wilson on the strength of the appropriately titled album “So Sudden.”
Tours opening for Fall Out Boy, OK Go, Panic at the Disco and the All-American Rejects followed, as did albums “Like Vines” (2006) and “Goodbye Blues” (2008), but that’s where the band foundered, with Faller leaving, and Morgan (Gold Motel) and Morris (Debate Team) finding new projects.
No bad blood, the band says, just fatigue. “We were just pooped,” Morgan recalls.
The Hush Sound’s national tour makes a stop at the Culture Room Wednesday night, and Morris says the band’s new energy should be obvious: “We’ve been trying to make sure that we just enjoy ourselves this time,” he says.
IF YOU GO
The Hush Sound performs Wednesday at the Culture Room (3045 N. Federal Highway) with opening acts Hockey, River City Extension, Genevieve and Lucas Carpenter. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $18 at the door. Info: 954-564-1074, CultureRoom.net. More info: TheHushSoundBand.tumblr.com