The members of the Wrens read off like a PTA roll call. Guitarist Greg Whelan and his bassist brother Kevin work for Pfizer in New Jersey and use their vacation time to tour. Drummer Jerry MacDonnell, a father of three, also holds a corporate job, as did singer/guitarist Charles Bissell up until two months ago, and the band members' ages range from 33 to 40. It's not what you'd expect from a band that has received unanimous critical praise in the past year, including accolades from indie-music haven Pitchfork Media, but before the success, the foursome's 9-to-5 grind was all they had, thanks to numerous fallouts with... More >>>
"I stopped listening to music for about two and a half years," says Wrens guitarist Charles Bissell, right. It took four years to complete The Meadowlands, the band's critically acclaimed 2003 album.