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Ben Daniels should hate being on tour.

Currently on the road for months on end, the frontman of “A Sunny Day in Glasgow” is thousands of miles from his home, in Sydney, Australia, where he also leaves behind his wife. It’s also nearly impossible to get anything done creatively (unless, of course, you call watching old “Simpsons” episodes inspiration).

Lucky for you, though; despite these drawbacks, the singer is a fan of touring.

“I love being on tour,” said Daniels from his van while on a long drive from Des Moines to Denver. “Life gets very simple on tour – there’s so much less to worry about, you just have to play shows and get to the next city.”

The band will soon set their compass East, as they make their way to Brooklyn for a show at the Bell House in Gowanus on March 29.

“New York and Brooklyn have always been really good to us,” says Daniels. “We love coming through there.”

Before they left, ASDIG was able to get the creative juices flowing, releasing the digital/vinyl-only EP “Nitetime Rainbows” earlier this month. It’s been considered a more concise follow up to last year’s “Ashes Grammar,” which put the band on the ambient-pop map.

“They’re more poppy, maybe a little less sprawling,” says Daniels of the seven new tracks, songs they started while working on “Grammar” but which didn’t mesh with the rest of the album. “We stopped (working on them then) because they were kind of different from the other ones.”

Initially formed in Philadelphia in 2005 by Daniels and his two sisters as a bedroom recording project, since, ASDIG has had a revolving door of band members, with Daniels always at the helm. While Daniels now lives in Australia (his wife got a research position at a university there), the band can’t shake that Philly label. Which is fair – Daniels has only lived on the continent for a month. After moving there in September, a month later, he was off on a tour that will see the band traveling for most of the year.

When he returns to Sydney, it’s difficult to say what will become of the traveling ASDIG.

“I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it,” says Daniels. “It’s hard to think about life past August.”

Until then, the frontman’s going to enjoy life on the road and worry about the only thing he has to – the next city.

A Sunny Day in Glasgow play the Bell House (149 7th St.) March 29 at 7:30 pm. With Mahogany and Pacific Theater. Tickets are $10. For more information, go to www.thebellhouseny.com or call 718-643-6510.

For more on the band, go to www.myspace.com/asunnydayinglasgow.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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