The Desert Pulse artist spotlight on No Sun.
Name: No Sun
Band members: Jordon Strang: Vocals/Guitar Ben Finley: Vocals/Guitar Tyler Phillips: Bass Matt McCullough
Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
Genre: Alternative Rock/Shoegaze
Influences: My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, The Smashing Pumpkins, Failure, Swervedriver, Nirvana, Sonic Youth
No Sun’s ability to blur ethereal, swirling, obscured vocals into the layered components of distorted musical elements provides the crucial ingredients allowing them to create the nearly indistinguishable mixture of sound that identifies the shoegaze genre they have become masters of.
Their deep, sweeping, provocative sound offers succulent atmospheric nuances pulling listeners into a space that allows for invitation to ride the warm waves of music rendered. Their music contains subtle, graceful elements often more easily felt than heard as separate stand out play. No Sun makes it look easy further mystifying the audience as they take them further into the hypnotic, dreamy state of their opaquely, murky, stratum built music.
No Sun originally started as a solo, sort of bedroom acoustic project. Jordon Strang grew up playing in hardcore/metal bands as a drummer. This was the first opportunity he had taken to really be at the forefront of the writing process, and the first band he has ever been the singer or guitarist.
“I wrote and recorded a three song demo in GarageBand on my phone shortly after moving to Salt Lake City a few years ago,” Strang shared. “A few of my friends seemed to really like it which made me want to try playing shows with No Sun and see how things felt in a live setting.”
“I had never been much of an acoustic songwriter, and I had always imagined the songs as more than just acoustic demos. I asked a few friends at the time if they wanted in shortly after dropping the demo, including our current bassist Tyler.”
Each of the musicians came from different musical backgrounds, so this was a really exciting project for all of them as they were able to play types of music they had never played before. They recorded an EP that never saw the light of day, as their lineup was fluctuating heavily in search for the right core members causing their sound to change. Eventually, drummer Matt joined, and then came Ben, at which point they solidified their lineup.
“The four of us recorded a three song EP titled “Warm,” which came out on San Francisco’s Don’t Look Down Records on December 5th, 2015. We did two short west coast tours surrounding the release, having already recorded our debut LP “If Only” around the time that “Warm” was released.”
Their music is finding an audience and venues are liking the crowds they are pulling in. Strang has childhood connections to his roots in Las Vegas and southern Utah. He currently resides in Salt Lake City which has allowed him to expand his reach in developing an ever-growing fan-base. With Strang having attended middle school and graduating from Dixie High, they get hometown treatment and turnout when playing southern Utah. In fact, with the tremendous support of the local audience coming to their St. George show during last year’s tour, they were able to sell enough merchandise to fund much of the remainder of their tour.
Ryan Groskreutz, who has booked No Sun on multiple occasions, tells The Desert Pulse, ” No Sun rules! They create a wall of dreamy verbed out sounds that will make you feel all the feels.”
The success of the music, album, merch sales, and the tours have resulted in another West Coast tour, this time, extending into Western Canada.
Prior to releasing “Warm,” they came into contact with Mayfly Records about doing an LP to be set for a release in late 2016. At the time, they only had three songs on “Warm” and their song “Drown In You” which is featured on their upcoming record “If Only.”
“We set aside some studio time before the record was even half written, and hashed out the rest of the songs,” Strang shares. “The pressure of the deadline really helped us focus on what we wanted to achieve with our first legitimate record. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Mayfly indefinitely had to put the record label on halt. From there, we were approached by the Brooklyn based indie label The Native Sound. It’s been an incredibly positive experience so far and we’re very happy to be a part of a label that works so hard for the bands on their roster.”
“As far as the big picture goes, the ultimate plan is to continue writing records and tour as much as possible. I feel like there are plenty of different sounds on our upcoming record when listened to from front to back, and I’m sure we’ll keep writing that way. As far as the here and now, we’ll be doing a lot of touring and probably record for a new release. It seems like there has been a lot of momentum building lately. We hope to keep building upon that and grow as a band as much as possible.”
Without a doubt, this shoegaze band has plenty to look up from the pedals for as they soak up the bright spotlight ahead. No Sun will be hitting the stage and taking audiences on a magical musical ride well into the foreseeable future. Their flawless weave of dreamy waves of textured reverbs will make audience members craving the sensations of the next ride of euphoric music feels.
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