Q&A Scene: Sam Mann ~ SUN

Tell us about your new single?

Our second single Seasons came out a few weeks ago! It was fun to watch the song grow as it started off as a pretty normal groove, then with everyones input it slowly turned into this quirky upbeat song that you can kinda loose yourself in. For me its probably my favourite song to play live, Rudie has a real knack for writing melodies that get stuck in your head. We ended up recording it along with a few other tracks at Woodstock studio’s with George Carpenter a few months back and we are all pretty stoked with how it turned out!

We also just went up to Sydney to play a couple of shows with Ocean Alley which was heaps of fun! Had an awesome reaction to our music from some pretty big crowds so that was exciting. All the boys from Ocean Alley are legends as well, lots of beers and laughs.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time? 

I really dig our track called the bender song. We changed it up not too long ago and slowed it down a bit and I feel its a pretty honest song that has a nice groove to it. Pretty excited too see it all come together when we get around to recording it.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

A peanut butter, honey and banana sandwich. At first its a weird combination but its enjoyable in the end.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

When we played a show in Melbourne and found our bass player inside a washing machine. I still don’t really know why there was a washing machine in the band room or why he was in it.

What, or who, inspires you?

I think writing music that makes me feel good. The best thing about being in SUN for me is sharing new ideas and hearing everyone’s different creative influence on it. Everyone in the band has different musical tastes and I think it really shows in our music. They are all stoked on music and I find that inspiring.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Probably Dreams by Fleetwood Mac. I grew up listening to the song with my parents being massive fleetwood fans, and its a song that I can listen to a thousand times and never get sick of. Mick Fleetwood’s drumming on it is amazing, that fill as he goes into the chorus is unbeatable. And I’ve always had a soft spot for Stevie Nicks.

What’s next for you?

For me? Finishing my teaching degree and living life one beer at a time.

What’s your scene?

Not taking life too seriously.


5 piece Melbourne dream pop outfit SUN are making waves for their catchy hooks and laid back vibe. “Some slippery psych rock happenings here.” – Dave Ruby Howe Triple J Unearthed.  Their brand new single SEASONS, a lo-fi psych pop jam that’ll have you getting naked and dancing in fields of marigold in no time.

Drawing influences from Real Estate, The Beach Boys and The Brian Jonestown Massacre their toe tapping sound ends up somewhere between Tame Impala and Kurt Vile but ultimately more upbeat and groovy. “For SEASONS we tried to make something a bit dreamier, that centred around this one guitar hook. Originally we thought it sounded really jazzy, but the song slowly morphed into an upbeat jam that’s still very much a pop song.”  – rudie dodd  SUN

Last week the band took their dream psych choons on the road, supporting Ocean Alley on their SOLD OUT  Corner Hotel and Metro Theatre shows. They’ll be back with more shows soon. In the meantime, listen to SEASONS here.

For more information, see SUN’s FB page: A Band Called SUN



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