New material from Distant Sun
PUBLISHED: 15:50 30 April 2016
In the latest of our In Tune features in The Guide, profiling the music scene, reporter SIMON WARD speaks to Distant Sun.
Heralding from Hopton-on-Sea, Distant Sun have recently supported Britpop legends Cast at Lowestoft’s Aquarium and they now have an exciting new EP and single to promote and play live.
Q: Where does your name originate from?
A: It’s a Crowded House song which we all liked, and was the best of a bad bunch when we were trying to come up with a name!
Q: Who’s in the band?
A: Rafe Garforth – Lead Vocals & Bass Guitar; Lewis Hickin – Guitars and Backing Vocals; Nick Garforth – Guitars and Backing Vocals; Paul Chandler – Drums and Percussion.
Q: What has been your best experience with the band?
A: In terms of playing live it is always a great experience when the crowd is having a good night, and it’s us and our songs helping them to do so. In terms of other experiences it was fantastic having our debut single ‘Make You Alright’ played on BBC Radio 2.
Q: How would you describe your sound?
A: A fresh new wave of indie/Britpop with vocal harmonies, strong guitars and driving drums.
Q: Who are you biggest influences?
A: The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Oasis, Razorlight, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Kings of Leon.
Q: What is your main inspiration for writing?
A: I think the main inspiration is to always write a better song than your last one. With regards to what we write about, it really can be anything that has an impact on us in any way – whether that is a person, a place, an experience, a memory or an emotion.
Q: Tell me about your new EP – Reverse the Ending.
A: We recorded most of the audio ourselves in our home studio, mainly because we just didn’t have the funding to get everything recorded in the way we wanted it recorded in a commercial studio. Once we had all of the tracks recorded we took the audio to The Mill Studios near Diss, where producer/engineer Jonny Cole helped mix and master the album with us.
Q: How does it differ to your previous recordings?
A: We really wanted to be able to recreate this album faithfully in live gigs, so we ditched all the over-dubs like pianos, acoustic guitars and so forth and kept it primarily just the four of us doing our thing. We feel it is more of a true reflection of our live shows than our previous record.
Q: Where can people catch you live?
A: We are performing at The Waterfront, Norwich, on May 29. We are part of the line up for the Down By the River Music Festival and will be playing alongside bands such as The Wonder Stuff, House of Love and The Primitives.
Q: Where can readers listen to your material?
A: The best thing to do is to visit www.distantsunmusic.co.uk. For people to download our single ‘Escaping Fate’, all they have to do is text FATE to 85888 and they can download direct to their phone.