It Sounds Optimistic

You can’t knock a name like So Long, Problems. It’s something anyone would love to exclaim at any given moment. Like, “So long, problems. Get outta my face.” And that’s probably what appealed to songwriter Mike Schoenfeld, who came up with his band’s name in a car on MLK Blvd. – specifically between San Jacinto and Trinity. He liked the optimistic tone.

Schoenfeld and Zac Bryant got their band out for occasional gigs here and there around town, then Matt Winegardner joined around ’08 or ’09 (Schoenfeld can’t seem to recall the exact time, but…), followed by Dylan McDougall. Songwriter Graham Weber put his solo work on the back burner for a bit to join in 2011. Schoenfeld makes their first gig together at The Continental Club sound like World War III, but they must’ve done something right. So Long, Problems is playing more often, and word on the street is the quintet has a new album in the can, nearly ready for release.

Be sure to check out So Long, Problems at their show tonight at Red 7, 611 E. 7th St., on the outside stage. The Loblolly Boy starts out the evening. Doors open at 9 p.m. Recommended.

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