Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Black Angels, Flying Colours
Eamon Stewart - Guitar and Vocals Ryan Dawson - Drums Alex Pedemont - Guitar Hugh Holliday - Bass
The Stooges, Chain, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
While the Shoot The Sun sound may be drenched in a sea of fuzzed-up guitars, bubbling not too far below the surface is generally an important message. "Having something to say in our music is important to us," says Eamon Stewart. "We grew up listening to punk bands and I think the big thing in developing our music is that it has something to say. There's not enough music doing that." That they say it in a haze of psychedelia makes it even more appealing. Whether it's the plight of asylum seeking refugees, the issues facing indigenous Australians or exploring individual's belief systems and cultures, to be blunt, Shoot The Sun give a fuck.
"Don't rely on anyone else. Make sure that we do everything ourselves. Make sure we are one hundred percent happy with it and that there's nothing left to wonder about. We need to feel very sure that this is what we want to communicate." asserts Eamon Stewart of Melbourne four-piece outfit Shoot The Sun, a band on a mission.
The Shoot The Sun sound has been in development for around four years. "It's been a pretty long trek having many different ideas and trying to fit that into a single identity," says Stewart. Second Hand People was an engaging piece of their polychromatic puzzle being revealed. With the release of their 5 track EP Freedom Ride, the kaleidoscopic picture becomes a lot clearer. On Freedom Ride, shards of spirited lead guitar spear through the evocative, dreamy mist Shoot The Sun create. An incessant beat pumps a flow of 2014 style rock 'n' roll blood through the band's musical arteries giving life to their intelligent, thought provoking compositions. The band has a sound, a scheme and execute both with passion and purpose.
Singer, songwriter, guitarist Eamon Stewart and drummer Ryan Dawson grew up together in Albury/Wodonga, not quite Victoria, not quite New South Wales. Melbourne seemed a more definitive option. Soon after relocating to the city, the band officially formed. Stakes were laid, plans were made. Members came and went. Guitarist Alex Pedemont and bass player Hugh Holliday enjoyed the view and decided to stay. All four had been inhaling a mind-expanding form of music since their teens. Add to the mix their even earlier influences of politically charged skate punk and the Shoot The Sun cake was beginning to bake. Wearing their influences (Pink Floyd, Black Angels, BRMC) like a badge of honour, Shoot The Sun compose in the spirit of their musical heroes, then decompose, turning it into something else, something totally of their own.
Shoot the Sun's raucous live shows too have gained them an ever-increasing following in a town famously tough to impress. The band has shared the stage with acts such as La Bastard, The Messengers, and Them Swoops.