BRMC, The Black Angels, Flyying Colours, The Stone Roses
Eamon Stewart - Guitar and Vocals Ryan Dawson - Drums Alex Pedemont - Guitar Hugh Holliday - Bass
The Stooges, Chain, BRMC, Dennis Wilson, Madder Lake
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.
Testament to this ethos is the sentiment of the title track. Freedom Ride's vibe may conjure images of carefree highway cruising. However, the feel-good sensation juxtaposes a more significant message. Beneath a cloud of fuzz and distortion, there is a call to action. It's a prompt to reflect on an indignant moment in Australian history. The Freedom Ride was a political protest led by aboriginal activist Charles Perkins in 1965. The Freedom Bus toured New South Wales towns where segregation was rife. Specifically, the song refers to an incident at the Morree Pool where Aboriginal Australian’s were not allowed to swim. The Freedom Ride became a powerful device for creating change and this one's an ode to Charles.
Dressed in distortion but heartfelt in its missive, New Age of Discovery spotlights the plight of asylum seeking refugees. "I guess it is just a song for those people," says Stewart almost helplessly. The vocal swirls in a whirlpool of delightful Tube Screamer and Big Muff generated sonic vapour, while at the same time the lyric asks more important questions. Is this the way to treat people? Is this the kind of world we want to leave behind?
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.
"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.
Shoot The Sun’s sound has been in development for around four years. "We’ve had many different ideas that we’ve been 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 psychedelic music for many years. 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 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.