The Sundays’ debut album Reading, Writing & Arithmetic turns 31 years old today, and so I grudgingly salute the bands ability and willingness to remain disappeared completely after wrapping their Static & Silence tour in December 1997.
Aside from some Record Store Day releases of their three albums in the last few years that sell for triple figures, their catalog is out of print. A 2014 interview with an American Airlines in-flight magazine, of all places, hinted at the possibility of releasing new music but nothing came of it.
And in 2019, an American writer undertook a mission to speak to the band, starting with contacting the rhythm section and ending with almost literally showing up at David Gavurin and Harriet Wheeler’s doorstep. An interesting read on the power and limits of nostalgia and fandom.