Q and A with Wild SunOctober 1, 2015
Wild Sun is a hard working rock band out of Rhode Island. Things are heating up for these guys with the release of their latest single “Shy Hinges”, and their new album. Make sure to check this band out now, so you can tell all of your friends you knew them first!
BS: How long has Wild Sun been together?
WS: Wild Sun has been together since Spring of 2013.
BS: How do you feel that the band has made their mark on your local scene?
WS: From the first show we tried to do things other bands in our area weren’t doing. We starting making really unique (or really large) posters, and booked entire three hour night ourselves only though we had 10 songs starting out, fleshing out the rest of the night with high-octane improvised jams. We kept things as fun and organic as possible , and people saw us working hard to build something, and doing it the old fashioned way of just playing every weekend at any bar that would book us. The local scene has come to really support us big time.
BS: Are there any bands out there that you have looked up to and why?
WS: Too many to list! We respect and look up to pretty much everyone who has devoted their life to making music, all for different reasons. Glenn always talks about how cool it is that Phish has been playing music together for over 30 years, and still have one of the largest and most loyal fan bases, all while calling the creative shots. We joke in the van often (usually with hair metal cassettes playing) about Kiss and how committed they were to the image and the act. You have to respect that! Then there’s the level of someone like Elliott Smith who we look up to on a total other level for his lyrical honesty and music genius.
BS: What do you think it is about Wild Sun, that music lovers should check you out?
WS: Pretty much at every show someone comes up who hasn’t heard us and says something to the tune of, “ That was straight up rock. You don’t hear that anymore!”
We don’t really sit in a specific rock genre, we play to the songs and what the feel is, but with a bare bones power trio of drums, guitar, and bass. Live, it’s high energy, but never overpowering the songs. We are a band about the songs, we treat each one as its own entity, within the parameters of only having three guys on stage to play it.
BS: You just recently released your first single, “Shy Hinges”! What type of feedback have you heard about it?
WS: People really seem to be liking it! Were really excited about all the places it’s showing up on the responses people are sharing. People keep asking to hear the rest of the album, which is great to hear.
BS: We really dig the song. What made you choose that song to be your single?
WS: Thank you! That was the first song written in the batch of songs that became Little Truths, as well as the opening track on the album. It’s not a concept album per se, but they were all written on the heels of a rough period Glenn was going through. Each song was a personal truth, and Shy Hinges set a tone for the songs to come, but not digging into anything specific yet. It sort of sets up the album.
BS: What can we expect out of the rest of Little Truths?
WS: A moving album of 8 honest rock songs. Each song is its own, but there is a cohesive energy to the album. It’s uplifting and reflective, but doesn’t get caught up in overlooking a hook. We’re better musicians than salesmen so we want you listen yourself!
BS: What about this album are you most excited for fans to hear?
WS: All of it.
BS: What do you hope fans take from this album?
WS: We hope people find things they relate to. One of the best things about music is when someone put their own life into a song and said something in a way that really resonates with you… we’d love for the same. But, even if you aren’t a lyrics person, we put just as much into how we play the songs and our instruments.
BS: Is there a tour planned in support of Little Truths? Any details you can give us?
WS: We have an album release show in our hometown of Westerly, RI at the Knickerbocker on Friday September 18th. We will be playing a handful of shows around New England in the coming weeks, and then three showcases at CMJ Music Marathon in NYC in October.
BS: Anything else you would like to add?
WS: Yeah. Everyone knows Gore licked Bush in 2000.