Sitting and talking with the indie rock outfit known as Sundaes, it’s hard to keep track of the roots behind this glorious new rock n’ roll concoction – paying homage to the early days of rock, the Sundaes sound doesn’t deny some of its modern influences, making the best of what rock and blues have handed over, over the last seven decades. And it’s not only the decades of music that has impacted the Sundaes approach – spending time in New York, LA, and the band’s current landing spot in Nashville, the amazing, unique vibe of each of these locales have also played their part in refining this hip moving mix. We’re happy to report that Sundaes has captured this music on a brand new self-titled EP, one we couldn’t wait to ask the band about. They told us:
“I wrote most of the songs while I was living in LA and even though it’s a huge city I often found it to be lonely there. Spending a lot of time by myself brought me face to face with a lot of things that I was insecure or unsure about and the songs sort of developed as my reassurance…the actual recording of the EP happened when I first got to Nashville. I really like a lot of old country music and though we definitely weren’t making a country record, it was really great to work alongside people who appreciated a lot of the same influences.” Click to http://www.sundaes.band/ to get into the new EP, especially the single “Lullaby” – check out the video for that one, for sure. But first, do keep reading. There’s still so much more to dive into in all the answers to the XXQs below.
PensEyeView.com (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out from others in your genre?
Sundaes: I like to describe my sound as ice cream music. Something that tastes good and makes you feel better, just like a sundae.
PEV: Calling New York and Nashville home, what kind of music were you into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?
Sundaes: Growing up in New York I was really into bands like the Libertines, The Strokes, Franz Ferdinand etc. Those artists have been a big influence. My first concert ever, my mom took me to see Elton John…go figure.
PEV: What was it like trying to break into the music scene in your hometown, when you first started out as a band? What was your first show like together as a band?
Sundaes: That’s an interesting question because the band started while I was living in LA and now I live in Nashville. The first show was actually at the Chelsea Hotel in NY as part of a really cool festival in tribute to the history there. It was amazing because it was like a homecoming – it was really great to share with my friends and family what I’d been up to all those miles away. As far as scene goes, the band has been sort of a wandering bubble boy but I think Nashville is going to make a really great home for it.
PEV: What can fans expect from a live Sundaes show?
Sundaes: My goal is always for the shows to be really fun. Things might get a little scrappy and every song might not go down perfectly but we’re gonna have fun.
PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage?
Sundaes: Generally the stage is a place where I think very little. During the first song I usually worry about the levels but then I settle in.
PEV: How has playing in Sundaes been different from working with other artists or projects in the past?
Sundaes: Up until Sundaes the only music I had made was solo singer songwriter stuff. It’s much more fun to be part of a group.
PEV: What is the underlying inspiration for your music? Where do you get your best ideas for songs?
Sundaes: I wrote most of the songs while I was living in LA and even though it’s a huge city I often found it to be lonely there. Spending a lot of time by myself brought me face to face with a lot of things that I was insecure or unsure about and the songs sort of developed as my reassurance.
PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out, do you ever look back on your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?
Sundaes: Yeah, I started playing music right around the time I graduated from school. Now it’s weird for me to think about a time when I didn’t.
PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about Sundaes?
Sundaes: I used to be a big jock; I played lacrosse in college before I started writing music.
PEV: What can fans expect from your new self-titled release? Tell us about the writing process behind this work.
Sundaes: Well like I was talking about before I wrote a lot of the songs alone in LA but the actual recording of the EP happened when I first got to Nashville. I really like a lot of old country music and though we definitely weren’t making a country record, it was really great to work alongside people who appreciated a lot of the same influences.
PEV: What is the feeling you get after a song or album is complete and you can sit back and listen to it in full?
Sundaes: This is the first release for Sundaes and historically I’ve had trouble finishing music. I started working on the songs for the EP a little over a year ago and it’s both a relief and a really good feeling having it come out. Nice chance to give myself a pat on the back.
PEV: What would you say is the biggest challenge for musicians trying to make a name for themselves these days?
Sundaes: I think with so many great bands all putting their stuff online and how much access everyone has to publish their material now, it’s never been more competitive.
PEV: With all your traveling, is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?
Sundaes: Japan, I am obsessed with the idea of touring in Japan.
PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career? What’s it like when you get to play in your hometown?
Sundaes: I love going home to play, everybody is so supportive. It always makes me feel like a rock star for the day.
PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?
Sundaes: Watching Star Wars fan theory videos on YouTube. I can’t get enough.
PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration. Why?
Sundaes: I really want to make songs with Lana Del Rey. Born to Die changed how I looked at myself in a lot of ways. I love her sound.
PEV: Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?
Sundaes: My friend Kole who drummed on the EP plays in a band called Okey Dokey. They have a really dreamy sound, they’re dope. Definitely check them out!
PEV: If playing music wasn’t your life (or life’s goal), what do you think you would be doing for a career?
Sundaes: I think I’d want to do clean energy research.
PEV: So, what is next for Sundaes?
Sundaes: Check out the single “Lullaby”. I did sort of an anime collage video to go along with it which I’m really excited about. And some tour dates late this summer and into the fall.
For more information, click to http://www.sundaes.band/.