For a guy whose better years are admittedly behind him, Mark McGrath isn't ready to leave the '90s behind just yet. For the past three years, he's spent his summers on the road taking advantage of the thirst for nostalgia with his Under the Sun tour. Playing with his hits with his contemporaries is a far cry from what Sugar Ray was at its inception.
"We started as a cover band/party band playing Run DMC, Blondie, Motorhead and Zodiac Mindwarp," the singer says. "We maintained that spirit and that's who I am." His solo project that has been in the works, has purposely been worked on at a deliberate pace. That's partially due to his schedule, and the lack of pressure from external sources for a new record.
"No one is waiting for the new Mark McGrath record," he explains. "Which is the good news, since there's no pressure to release anything, but it's also the bad news." The EP, which McGrath optimistically prognosticates, is thinking for a tentative release during the first quarter of next year.
On Saturday at the Huntington Beach Food, Art and Music Festival (Sep. 5-7), the band will stick to its greatest hits, with maybe a few solo songs sprinkled in for good measure. We caught up with the singer who was at home in Studio City, who has taken his talents to the small screen including Sharknado 2, to talk about nostalgia, the '90s and the biggest differences between hosting and being a frontman.