Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ SUN GIANT

SUN GIANT
Photograph by Shaunagh Durkin

The past couple of months have been quite busy for Lancaster psychedelic duo SUN GIANT. Liam Fairclough (vocals and guitar) and Tomas Eddie Walmsley (backing vocals and drums) have not only supported Drenge and To Kill A King, yet have also debuted their first music video, and have been working on new material. Before sharing their new release Dreaming with the world, A Music Blog, Yea? spoke with SUN GIANT’s Tomas Eddie Walmsley about his favourite love song/drug song, who influences their psychedelic sound, and an unbelievable concert line-up.

AMBY: Hey SUN GIANT, what’s the band been up to?

SUN GIANT: We have been gigging around, writing new music which we are recording very soon, and sorting out our image for some continuity on our pages to kinda show off who we are and what we are doing. But priority is on recording all our new songs to freshen up our current sounds.

AMBY: How would you describe each member of SUN GIANT in one word?

SUN GIANT: Hm, young? Young, fast, naive, weird? Throwing a few words at you there.

AMBY: Who influences your blues psychedelia?

SUN GIANT: We have a range of different influences, we’re into 60’s psychedelia, 70’s hard rock to more recently psych, grunge and hip hop. I think our different and similar influences help give our own sounds; our more grungy sounds with only touches of psychedelia don’t just put us in that psych category. But we never really think about our influences or what genre we are, we just write our own music and, I guess, let other people decide what influences it highlights for them.

AMBY: You’ve had slots supporting some great bands like Drenge and To Kill A King. How were both of those experiences?

SUN GIANT: Wonderful. Seriously brilliant, supporting To Kill A King and Drenge felt so professional, a different world to our standard pub gigs, but of course it’s where we want to be so it was great experience! Being a huge fan of Drenge as well, I kinda felt like a “teen fan girl” when chatting to them…but we felt that was our best gig, performance wise as our BIG sound was well heard as Drenge’s sound guys really knew what they were doing.

AMBY: Who would be in your ultimate concert line up?

SUN GIANT: Hm, of past bands or bands still together. As for current artists would have to be; Dead Weather, Tame Impala, Drenge, Temples, Telegram, Wavves, QOTSA, TOY…so many to choose. But I would go to that…!

AMBY: I’m loving the video for YuleTide, absolutely nails that psychedelic vibe your music carries. What was the best moment you had while filming it?

SUN GIANT: Trying to play our own song…we couldn’t do it. We had to mime as we had speakers with our song playing so we look wooden, but that was what we wanted to do, not look to serious; if you have seen The Beatles music videos, their tongue in cheek videos are what ours looks like. We are filming our own videos next for our new songs so that should be fun doing it ourselves.

AMBY: You’ll soon be back in the studio! Is there an EP or record in the works?

SUN GIANT: Yes…! Can’t wait, it’s been far to long. Hm, well I think a four track EP would be ideal so expect that but lets we what happens really, but new songs are in dire need for recording, so we don’t lose people but instead wake them up from their teen lives with fresh, loud, powerful sounds.

AMBY: Where did the name SUN GIANT come from? And what other names had you considered for the band?

SUN GIANT: There was many, well I thought of many in my head, but just didn’t make sense. SUN GIANT comes from Fleet Foxes EP, SUN GIANT. But I thought that name would work with us, it’s big, bold and powerful and that’s sort of what our music is really, we play big sounds so a name that carries that through to, or tries to is good. The guys in the band weren’t sure about it at the start and neither was I but after a while, you get used to it and that’s what people know you as, if there is people who know us…

AMBY: Favorite love song? Favorite drug song?

SUN GIANT: Favorite love song, “I Follow You” by Melody’s Echo Chamber, although maybe not a love song, it holds memories of love for me, it’s a blissful song. Songs to take drugs too? There’s many, not drugs, songs from T.Rex and Marc Bolan’s voice are haunting and groovy. and of course Tame Impala’s fuzzy sounds and Lennon-esc vocals from Kevin Parker are just wonderfully encapsulating of the mind, getting you lost in sounds and stories through lyrics.

AMBY: What’s the best release of the year?

SUN GIANT: AM by Arctic Monkeys really impressed me, their mature, heavier more powerful sound of AM was a really huge release I thought, and for many people too.

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about SUN GIANT that nobody knows yet?

SUN GIANT: Oh, well I’ve no idea actually, you never know what people know. But probably not a lot, our new music, that’s something people should know soon, we hope anyway!

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Thank you SUN GIANT, for giving us your answers!

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