Chris Matthews is a political junkie of unyielding enthusiasm. His nightly talk show, Hardball,
has been an MSNBC staple for more than a decade, a showcase for its
irascible host’s boundless passion for politics and the importance of
good governance in the lives of everyday Americans.
Former Ponys frontman Jered Gummere took
an extended hiatus after the demise of his previous noisemaking unit,
even going as far as to get a day job at a friend’s woodshop. When he finally felt the twitch to make music again, forming
Bare Mutants with four other Windy City buddies, it was no surprise that The Velvet Underground would be at the forefront of his mind.