In lieu of their album release, we chose a golden track from rising indie band, SUN CLUB for this week’s Synch Song of the Week. The group also took time out of their crazy touring schedule to answer some questions for us, which can be found below.
SUN CLUB has gone through many changes throughout the past few years, such as multiple band names, bandmates, genres, and even their beloved touring van, Booty, which caught fire right after the announcement of their new album.
The five piece band has been playing together since their high school days and they continue to grow artistically as the years progress. Up until 2010, the group played primarily metal music, but slowly evolved from grunge to pop. Now, they are more of a psych-pop meets indie rock. Dad Claps at the Mom Prom was released in 2014 as an EP, and received high accolades and recognition, which was followed by their newest album, The Dongo Durango. The Dongo Durango was supposed to be released on October 30, but came early when the band was caught up in their van for hours during a California mudslide, and decided to release the beast.
Clearly, their hard work paid off as the Baltimore based group recently signed with ATO Records. ATO Records, founded by Dave Matthews, boasts artists such as My Morning Jacket, Brandi Carlile, Alabama Shakes and more. SUN CLUB fits right in with the ATO family with their quirky sound and down to earth persona.
Although many of their songs have synchronization potential, we decided to choose “Cheeba Swiftkick" for the choice of the week. Characterized by a distant, reverberated vocal track, the song is light and bouncy, giving it lots of commercial potential. "Cheeba Swiftkick" is like reading a good book in the way that it keeps you engaged for the entire track. It takes you from one happy place to the next as its key changes and rhythmic interludes, with laces of accordion, take your hand and lead you through a fantastic two minutes and twelve seconds.
We can see it now— a car commercial with a windows down, sun-on-skin kind of feel. A scene that allows a child to just embrace the essence of life and all of its glorious mischief. SUN CLUB doesn’t write their music in hopes of fame and fortune, though. It is just an innate part of who they are, and they believe that a good time must be shared.
Get ready for the wild ride that this song is about to take you on. Listen below and follow them on Facebook so you can catch one of their lively, energetic, quirky shows near you! Also, here's their website for more info.
For a special edition this week, SUN CLUB took time out of their crazy touring schedule to answer a few questions for us.
Do you ever envision your music being played against motion picture? If so, what do you see?
I think we would all imagine our music being played in movies about kids running around and getting into mischief. Just youthful kind of stuff for sure.
Has your work ever been played against picture before?
Our music has never been played against a motion picture, but maybe someday!
Do you have a favorite music in film moment?
In waynes world when Garth is dancing to "Foxy" by Jimi hendrix cuz he has a crush on that girl in the diner is definitely and music in film moment that rules alot for some reason.
What other mediums are you guys using right now to get your music heard?
We are literally just touring all the time and playing music live for so many people. I think when people see us live its one of the main platforms we get our music out there.
Tell us a funny touring story.
One time, we were crossing the Canadian border and we accidentally went past the security checking point and that was nuts. They like surrounded our van with guns and made us put our hands on the dashboard. They eventually realized it was a mistake and then bought a cd even.
What other artists are you into right now?
Right now we have been listening to SOAK in the van. We have also been listening to Dead Mans Bones a lot in the van on this tour, so good.
You guys have such a different sound, and your songs have this really cool ambient tone with so many different textures and rhythms. Can you talk a little bit about where you get your inspiration?
We get a lot of inspiration from bands and musicians we grew up with around in the area. Our friends Max and Steve influenced us alot along with Animal Collective who is also from the Baltimore area. We just like all the sounds coming from where we grew up.
Thanks for chatting and best of luck on the road this fall!