Saturday, February 28, 2015

This Sun No More Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

We're a 7 piece post-metal band from the midlands just getting ready to release our debut EP "Segments" April 17th. All our songs are about hell.

2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
"Segments" is a few songs plucked from a concept we're in the process of writing based on Dante Alighieri's "Inferno", in which he presents hell as a series of circles each one representing a different sin. So we used that landscape and the punishments administered in the circles to write the music.

3.The band has been around since 2008 but waited until 2015 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the long wait?
In short we just weren't ready. We've written and then scrapped and re-written these songs so many times over, the version of Storm on "Segments" is it's third incarnation and I think we're finally at a point now where we're playing music that we'd really enjoy as a listener. Added to that we've had a bit of a carousel of members in the past I think we're onto double figures with bassists now, our third drummer, second maybe third synth player it's really starting to feel settled now though.

4.Unlike most bands, the band has 7 members, do you feel this adds more to the originality that comes out of the music?
I'm not too sure about originality, it certainly keeps things interesting we only recently added our 7th member, our friend Charlotte to provide more vocals and it really feels like the last piece of the puzzle. Having seven members can make writing a little bit of a nightmare but it's definitely worth it in the long run.

5.What are some of the lyrical themes the band brings into the music when vocals are actually used?
Hell, haha yeah sometimes we'll use passages taken from "Inferno" or use the imagery from Inferno to write our own lyrics.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'The Sun No More'?
I guess it's the whole hell theme again, end of days and what not. If I'm honest it wasn't very inspired haha we all kinda liked it and it just stuck.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Last year was a pretty busy one for us gig wise, we had the chance to play with some great bands, playing with the brilliant OMSQ who are from Belgium was definitely a high point and we played a few shows with Structures who we've become fast friends with.
Like you already said we're a pretty large band and that's definitely reflected live, we have a big sound, it can get pretty intense.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We're releasing "Segments" in April so we're just in the process of booking gigs a bit further from home to push that and a few minor festivals throughout the spring and summer.

9.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We've kept a pretty low profile for the last few years till we felt we were ready, we planning on gigging for the next year or so and hopefully play to a wider audience and then see what interest we can muster from labels.

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of progressive and post metal?
I'll let you know haha we've only had one song up to listen to for the past year which was "Storm" and we've had a really positive reaction from that, we're hoping "Segments" is as well received

11.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
If we keep up the rate we have been the last year as far as recording goes probably sometime early next century. Like I said "Segments" is a couple of songs from the full length we're working on called "In Circles", it'll have 9 tracks each one representing a circle of hell, all of the songs are pretty much written now we just need some more time to get them well rehearsed and we'll hopefully begin recording about this time next year. After that I've already started messing around with riffs for the next concept EP which will be based on Pokemon, much to the dismay of our bassist I'm deadly serious.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Black Sabbath, if you're playing in a metal band you're influenced by Black Sabbath that's a given haha, Neurosis are definitely a big influence on us musically as well as are Isis (the band obviously).
My music taste hasn't really had chance to settle down recently I've been listening to Have a nice life a lot recently and YES and they make for pretty odd bedfellows

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
We're all pretty avid readers, hence the strong literary influence in our music

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
San Dimas highschool football rules!

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