Sunday, June 19, 2011 DEFEND YOURSELF!: SON OF THE SUN Interview

Son of the Sun blew us away back in October when they played Beast of the Northeast, our first ever shindig in New York for CMJ. Now, the Buffalo boys are back—but this time on our turf. Their Joe Stocker tells Duck Tales.
You opened for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes in Buffalo. What was that like?
It was great. It was exciting for us to play with a band who we currently listen to and think are an amazing, relevant band. They’re making quite a big splash—and really smart music—so it was great to do a live show with them.
It was absolutely amazing. Like going to church, sort of.
You guys must deal with typos all the time.
No, it happens.  We get “sons” of the sun sometimes, but we have a really good sense of humor about ourselves. If I see a name I think would be a cool name or title, I write it down. To my knowledge, [Son of the Sun] is from William Blake’s poetry—
but if you Google “Son of the Sun” a cartoon from Duck Tales comes up. That’s not what I was inspired by. It just sounded good.
Your latest album, Almost Not There, is about to drop?
An EP, yeah. We’re excited about it. Six songs, called Almost Not There. We’re happy with it. It’s definitely a progression of us, as more of a band—and not just as a studio singer that’s trying to get people together.
If you had to describe the EP in three words, what would those three words be?
Probably “almost not there.” [Laughs]
It’s a very delicate process, being in a band. Whether you’re super successful or not, you’re dealing with four or five egos, emotions, hang-ups, feelings and ideas. It’s interesting to see the finish line, and we’re grateful for that.

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