no crap, no pretentiousness, just 5 questions
What inspires Until Sunrise to continue creating music?
It’s our dream and our passion. We all love this type of music. Some bands don’t take the music seriously enough nowadays, and we would hate to be like that. Also, music writing music, especially instrumental music, can help vent complex emotions that you cannot simply express with words.
Your last release, Self Titled, was a great success, what’s next?
Right now, Joe’s in college, but in the winter we plan on playing a couple shows and releasing an EP of new material. We want to book a tour in the summer, and already have a couple gigs planned out. Right now, we’re just trying to put our name out into the indie underground.
Post Rock generates creative (and often lengthy) band and track names, how does Until Sunrise come up with these?
We created a theme for our album, and created our music based on that concept. Names came to us easily, because it’s how the music “looked” to us. Living in the appalachian mountains in MD also helped with the theme, and possibly shaped how our music sounded.
How does Until Sunrise decide which tracks will be on a release? testing them at gigs, or a different method?
All original songs are included. We formed the band and started writing so quickly (back in late March this year) that the nine songs flowed out within a couple jam sessions, and the album felt so right. We almost cut one or two songs because of the length, but when we tried that, the album lost it’s flow, and it didn’t sound complete.
What have you been listening to recently that you would recommend to your fan base?
Nick Drake’s “Pink Moon” is an amazing album, and is very similar to our acoustic work. Local Post/Math Rock band Time Columns also is excellent, and we listened to their release “Sunriseinthesea” almost everyday during the writing process.
Finally, This Will Destroy You’s self titled debut was a massive influence on our album, and will always be one of our favorite instrumental releases.
The obligatory digital media question: We all know that digital downloads (legal or not) are changing the music business, would you say this is a challenge or an opportunity, and why?
Digital downloads are definitely an opportunity. Once our music hit the digital marketplace, we started finding our music everywhere online. The idea that people around the world are hearing our music is a great feeling. Money should never be the focus, especially in this genre. It’s all about creating the art.