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 Sydney, Australia, home, where he left behind his wife. It’s also nearly impossible to get anything done creatively (unless, of course, you call watching old “Simpsons” episodes inspiration).
Luckily for his hordes of fans, though; despite these drawbacks, the singer is a fan of the road.
“I love being on tour,” Daniels said 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 has pointed its compass toward the east, as it makes its way to Brooklyn for a show at the Bell House on March 29.
“New York and Brooklyn have always been really good to us,” says Daniels. “We love coming through there.”
Touring, Daniels said, helps A Sunny Day in Glasgow get its creative juices flowing, and resulted in this month’s EP “Nitetime Rainbows,” 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,” said Daniels of the seven new tracks, songs that the band started while working on “Grammar,” but were left off because they 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.”
That isn’t much of a surprise for a band that has always been a little scattered. Formed in Philadelphia in 2005 by Daniels and his two sisters as a bedroom recording project, A Sunny Day in Glasgow has always been a revolving door of band members, with Daniels at the helm. He now lives in Australia, ever since his wife got a research position at a university there, but the band can’t shake that Philly label. That’s probably fair, given that Daniels has only lived on the continent for a month — he’s been touring the rest of the time.
When he returns to Sydney, it’s difficult to say what will become of his traveling, morphing band.
“I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it,” said Daniels. “It’s hard to think about life past August.”
A Sunny Day in Glasgow at the Bell House [149 Seventh St. between Second and Third avenues in Gowanus, (718) 643-6510] on March 29 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10.
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