Locals: Monolithic Cloud Parade begins anew as Sunrise Reset

Joel Oliphint

In 2014, a surgeon drilled holes into Corey Fry's kneecap to fix an old basketball injury from college. It's a surgery that involves nine to 12 months of recovery, which was especially hard for Fry, an active runner and biker. While the blood in his knee helped create new cartilage over the next year, Fry would dream about running through the mountains.

But the surgery and recovery only revealed more problems in his bones. Doctors discovered a congenital hip syndrome.

"The orthopedic surgeon who did my surgery was like, 'I don't know how you can tie your shoes … You should have a hip replacement right now,'" Fry said recently at a Downtown coffee shop. "So I saw this hip specialist, and he was like, 'Yeah, you're gonna need hip replacements. I can't say when. If it doesn't hurt you right now, do what you want until it hurts.' … So I'm at the point where I'm just going to use and abuse my body until it totally gives out."

The premature deterioration of Fry's body provided inspiration for "Scalpel," a track onEP1, the debut release from Fry's band, Sunrise Reset, which will play the Big Room Bar on Wednesday, Aug. 3 as part of CD102.5's Frontstage Live. The song begins with a folky, loping rhythm that recalls Fry's former band, Monolithic Cloud Parade, before walloping drums and garage-rock guitars fade in and take over, signaling the expanded sonic possibilities of Fry's new project.

"I wanna come back strong like I'm on fire," sings a reinvigorated Fry, whose carpe-diem philosophy injects "Scalpel" with infectious energy, even when he's despairing. "Now I believe I'll never see the day where my body and me are whole again."

Monolithic Cloud Parade called it quits in 2011, right before Fry was about to start grad school at Ohio State. His teaching gigs were wearing him down, and he wanted to get a counseling degree. Grad school didn't leave much time for music.

After graduation and surgery, Fry became an elementary school counselor and reformed MCP with his old bandmates (guitarist/keyboardist Damien Pyles, bassist Darrin Wesenberg and drummer Robert Walker) to record 14 songs, seven of which they recently released asEP1, and seven that will see release in September. To signal a fresh start, Fry named the band Sunrise Reset after a song on MCP's final EP. Soon after recording tracks at Relay Recording and at home, Fry also found a new drummer, Otterbein University Band Director Michael Yonchak.

In addition to wrestling with his body's shortcomings,EP1 also finds Fry trying to come to terms with his father's abandonment. Growing up, Fry's dad was an ultrarunner, competing in 100-mile races and even one 200-mile race. He wasn't present much - physically or emotionally.

"I thought it was normal as a kid to have a dad where he'd wake up and not talk to anybody for three weeks and then wake up and he'd be joking and laughing in the kitchen," said Fry, who wrote leadoff track "Dancing Bears" about his father, a Grateful Dead fan who would refill his Walkman at aid stations with cassettes of Dead concerts. "His hands were a swollen mass of rubbery flesh/ Said 'I been running away from myself but I don't know it yet,'" Fry sings.

"My dad left Christmas Eve of 2005. He literally packed up his Mazda truck and drove to Montana. I haven't seen him since," Fry said. "Well, I've seen him once. About three years ago I was running at Highbanks, and he apparently was in town with a friend and he was running by me. I was like, 'I think that was my dad…'

"A lot of the songs are about my dad and trying to come to terms with him as a person, and that suddenly he's gone from my life. … I wrote him off when he left. But he's still there."

Big Room Bar

9 p.m. Wednesday,

Aug. 3

1036 S. Front St.,

Brewery District

bigroombar.com

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