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Sun Satellite - 11.06.09

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Sun Satellite - 11.06.09The following is a mini interview of generic questions that we posed to all bands that wanted to answer:

SUN SATELLITE [myspace]

1. How did you get your band name?
The band name is an analogy expressing our discontent with contemporary
music. The sun is the essence of all life, and we view our group as a
satellite that searches for the sun - for life in music.

2. How did this band get started?
All members used to play together in previous bands (At the Mercy of
Inspiration, Dear Jane I, Haddonfield, Trick of the Fifth, etc.) around
Canada and the US. The scene of active musicians is a lot smaller than
most would believe, so when our previous bands fell apart we all connected
and formed this band. Thankfully we all stayed in touch or we'd be
doomed.

3. What bands are you influenced by?
I couldn't possibly exhaust our list of influences, but here are some that
come to mind: Helmet, Quicksand, Thursday, Glassjaw, Marvin Gaye, Crash
Karma, Poison the Well, Candiria, Tears For Fears, The Used, Snapcase,
Every Time I Die, Blue Rodeo, Far, Ken Andrews (Failure), Paul Wall, Mos
Def, etc.

4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would it be and
why?

I would love to tour with Alexisonfire again. I had the time of my life
on the road with those guys. Every day is an adventure, and that's the
really fun part about it all - aside from getting to play your music live
every night. There are also some great local bands that we would love to
share the stage with: The Artist Life, Baptized in Blood, Dead and Divine,
Straight Reads the Line, Moneen, Forces, etc.

5. If you were a furry, what animal would you be? Why that animal?
That's easy. I'd be a koala because you get to live in hot climate, be
really cute and cuddly, sleep 22 hours per day, and eat eucalyptus leaves.
I hear koalas get high off of them?

6. Why should people listen to your band?

The music we make is meaningful, has a positive message, and is
written/performed by hard-working guys that place musicianship at the top
of the priority list. This level of dedication shines through in our song
writing and production. We love our songs and hope you will too. Also,
there are subliminal messages on the record. I'm not joking. If you can
detect them we'll give you free guest list for life.

7. If you were chosen to be in Guitar Hero/Rock Band, what song would you
want in the game? How hard do you think it would be to five-star on
expert?

I would have 'Apologize' as our Guitar Hero/Rock band track. It's not an
extremely hard song to play, but it requires a lot of effects that Guitar
Hero/Rock Band simply can't account for, so it would really screw with
people's heads if they tried it out.

8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?
I would thank anyone who played a role in the making of the record and its
promotion. The list might be too long for network TV to allow. Maybe
Kanye could conveniently intervene?

9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
The main thing that needs to change is access to information. There are a
lot of music groups out there with the drive and dedication but don't know
how to channel their efforts appropriately. Recently, I've found a lot of
'how-to' articles for musicians in print and on the internet that help out
but these could always be more informative, maybe including details that
pertain to respective genres / geographical areas.

10. Memorable tour experience?
We were on tour with Forces (http://www.thepushagency.com/roster/forces/)
and we did an interview at 88.3 CJIQ and it started off just fine. Pretty
typical I guess... the usual questions were being asked and we responded
with our usual answers. Then we started letting the odd jab out at each
others bands after the radio station plugged the records being promoted on
the tour. It was really hilarious, actually. By the end of the interview
our bands were insulting each other non-stop (for fun) and if listeners
didn't seem to like our music, I think they couldn't help but like our
sense of humor. That was a great night.

11. What does AP.net mean to you?
AP.net is many things: a valuable extensive source of information in hard
music, a fun site to visit, and also a great opportunity for bands to gain
exposure. If most other music websites were set up as well as AP.net,
we'd know a lot more about our own scene.

12. What is your favorite song to play?
Lately, my favorite song to play is 'Stars' because its one of our
simpler songs. I get to be a little more active on stage and not confined
to my pedal board so much.

13. What is your vacation spot of choice?
Santa Barbara, California.

14. What music reminds you of your childhood?

Tears For Fears.

15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?
I've actually thought about this before. My answer: Regenerating Sandwich
Hands. Think about it... Any sandwich, any time, anywhere.

16. Do you feel that your band has "made it"?
I think 'making it' is a bad idea to have as a musician. 'Making it'
really depends on the gaining the positive opinion of many people, which
can sometimes be impossible even if you deserve it. Besides, even if you
do 'make it', you might not realize it when you get there because you'll
be so preoccupied with all the concomitant responsibilities. If you can
simplify your goals to accord with a happiness that is attainable by
anyone - regardless of stature - you'll find that you have nothing to fear
in this industry.

17. What is something that most fans don't know about you?
I'm a huge philosophy nerd - especially political philosophy. I love that
stuff.

18. What's your favorite holiday?
I prefer holidays that make no sense. Take Easter for example. The story
has it that Jesus dies and opens the gates of heaven. Now we play 'hide
the eggs' with some huge bunny. Go figure.

19. What do you like to do in your spare time?

I wish I had spare time. But here's what I would do if I had it: work
out, read, write music, and hang with friends and family.

20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?

The only talent that I have - if I have any at all - is in this band,
available for everyone to see. Come check us out sometime if we're
playing in your city. Otherwise stay tuned for the release of our new EP
'Message From A Traitor' on January 1st 2010. Check www.ourbandrules.com
for more details.
 
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