High Wycombe-based band Only Sun have a quirky sound that can be heard on new single ‘Lives’. We spoke to rhythm guitarist Ed about their music.
We played to a packed out, sweaty room of underage drinkers. My favourite memory was someone crowd surfing on a table. It was a riot.
First up, tell us bit about yourselves - what were you doing before making music?
Four of us went to school together and had played in various bands before heading to university. We decided we wanted to take music seriously when we left university and so we came back to our hometown, High Wycombe, and formed Only Sun.
How did the band get together?
Only Sun started over a late night conversation in which myself (Ed – rhythm guitarist) and Euan (singer) convinced Aabid (drummer) to focus on music as a career path once we finished university. After a couple of line up changes, we ended up adding an old school friend Taylor (bass) and meeting Daz (lead guitarist) through Join My Band, a website that we affectionately call ‘Band Tinder’.
Why the name Only Sun?
At the time, we were all the only sons in our families, but we also didn’t want that to be the sole focus of the name, so we settled on using ‘Sun’ instead. I think that the name has grown to represent our music as we generally release quite upbeat and positive music.
Who did your take inspiration from?
The main place we take inspiration from is early noughties Indie Rock such as The Strokes, Bloc Party and Franz Ferdinand. We’ve also taken inspiration from 50’s Rock and Roll and the 60’s British Invasion and strangely Kanye West for a new track.
How would you describe your musical style?
Indie rock with pop-flavoured hooks and tonnes of energy.
Can you remember your first ever gig? How far have you come since then?
The first gig we ever played was under the moniker ‘Havana’ back when we were 17. We played at a local pub that didn’t ID so it was very busy and we played to a packed out, sweaty room of underage drinkers. My favourite memory was someone crowd surfing on a table. It was a riot.
You’ve had a string of releases already, what’s been the most successful in your eyes?
I’d say our single ‘Does It Matter?’ from last summer has been the most successful. It’s the one that we seem to be best known for and it always goes down well live. It was also the first track that was heavily playlisted by Spotify so that was a huge plus.
Tell us about your new single ‘Lives’. What’s it about?
‘Lives’ is all about gossip and how central it is to modern day friendships and relationships. The two characters and their stories are completely fictional; we wanted to create these fictional stories to represent how stories are spread and discussed. Also to direct away from this song being aimed at any individuals, as it’s a commentary on society and not one specific person.
When did you write it and where did you record it?
I wrote it at the end of last summer, I had had the idea for the lyrics for a while but it all stemmed from the opening guitar and bass riff. Everything fell into place quite quickly after that. I wanted to do something a bit different to anything I had done before and I wasn’t sure that the rest of the guys would go for it but they all loved the idea.
We recorded the track with Sam Winfield (Fickle Friends, Amber Run and Bring Me The Horizon) at Studio 91 in Newbury. We’ve worked with Sam for ages so we’ve built up a really strong working relationship with him. He knows how to bring out the best in us.
How does it build on your style?
‘Lives’ shows the punkier side to our work. It’s more topical than our usual releases and marries our both our pop sensibilities and heavier side. I think it represents us quite well as people: excitable and raucous.
What are your hopes for the single?
I think we’d just love to reach new people and for fans to see that we aren’t just one style. We’d love people to engage with the track and to be belting the lyrics live.
Do you have more releases lined up for the rest of the year?
This year we are doing a campaign in which we are releasing a track on the first of every month. It’s allowing us to explore and release tracks and styles that we usually wouldn’t. Our next release, ‘Cotch’, is much darker with more electronic elements than we have previously explored. It’s about taking a night out drinking too far and the darker side that this over indulgence can bring out.
Where can we see you live in 2018?
We’re playing a free show in London at The Finsbury Monday, April 30th, and then we go up to Liverpool to play a set at Sound City on Sunday, May 6th. We should have a few more to announce in cities outside of London in the coming weeks as well.
Finally, if you could wish for one thing to happen to the band this year, what would it be?
We’d love to play Reading Festival as it is the festival that we all grew up going to and so we have loads of memories from there. Otherwise, it’d be amazing to be played on BBC Radio 1, Huw Stephens does an amazing job for up and coming bands.
Listen to ‘Lives’ on SoundCloud below. For news and tour dates follow Only Sun on Facebook.