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    Congress to host five bands for free show

    Seventeen years ago The Resonars called it quits.

    The Tucson psychedelic five-piece had originally formed in 1992 with a completely different lineup. The quintet has since returned to the local music scene — this time with a label. Burger Records’ Burgerama Caravan of Stars Tour will make its way to Hotel Congress tonight, and is scheduled to feature a performance by five bands, including Tucson’s own The Resonars. The annual tour began in San Francisco, spanning across the country to New York and making stops in Canada as other bands join the tour along the way.

    Matt Baquet, a booker at Hotel Congress, said the hotel is excited to be a stop on the label’s tour.

    “Burger Records is really cool, in the sense that they will do unique stuff like put four awesome bands [together] and call it something zany like Burgerama Caravan of Stars Tour,” Baquet said. “It’s just a family-style label, very independent. They keep to the rock ‘n’ roll aspect of it.”

    Matt Rendon, The Resonars’ guitarist and vocalist, said the band’s original lineup didn’t last long after its formation in the early ’90s.

    “We weren’t popular,” Rendon said. “Nobody would come to see us. It was a lot of frustration. We were a lot younger then, so we were a lot more apt to get frustrated about things like that. So we called it.”

    Rendon continued making records on his own, was signed on to Burger Records and eventually asked to re-form The Resonars. Although some songs are inspired by The Beatles, the music is also full of catchy harmonies and heavy punk-influence, Rendon said, adding that the sound isn’t typical among today’s artists.

    “You don’t get a lot of [harmony singing] anymore,” he said. “Especially through the ‘90s and the 2000s, that kind of fades away. There wasn’t a lot of that type of music in Tucson, and I didn’t know any musicians who could play like that. Then suddenly, out of the blue, [there were] three guys that could do that.”

    The band has since gone on tour in Europe, and had a greatest hits record drop a month ago.

    Rendon said that performing in European bars was similar to the United States, though the biggest difference was the amount of hospitality.

    “In general, it is a lot different because they set you up with a meal, they set you up with free beers,” he said. “Almost like an unending amount of beer. Which for us is a good thing.”

    Burger Records is based in Fullerton, Calif., where the label’s owners, Sean Bohrman and Lee Rickard, also run a record shop. Rendon says this local musician hangout gives a sense of community that provides artists the chance to hang out and play music.

    “It’s a really healthy [group] influencing each other,” he said. “The one thing about Burger is it’s almost as much of a culture as it is a record label. If you go [to the store], there’s a bunch of musicians in there … playing records in the front, skateboarding in the back. They’re always hanging out with each other.”

    Rendon says The Resonars plan to start working on a new album, but they have been slightly delayed because of the tour. The group is also putting the finishing touches on building a sound booth in Rendon’s backyard.

    Although Burger Records has received a lot of attention lately, the Burger scene is something that Rendon says people would enjoy if they got more involved with it.

    “When Burger shows come through town, you don’t see a lot of college kids,” he said.

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