History of Son of the Sun

Son of the Sun formed in early 2007 with two members living on opposite sides of the country. Joseph Stocker (guitar, keyboards) lived in Buffalo, New York and Zak Ward (lead vocals, guitar) lived in Los Angeles, California. Once band mates and friends, the two experimented with their reflective, lush, “wall of sound” musical tastes over the internet, swapping files which eventually brought about their first E.P. in 2008 “Before the After”. After Zak moved back to New York the duo went on to add Jeremy Franklin (guitar), Steve Matthews (bass), and Brandon Delmont (drums).

Before the After was received with open arms on the upstate New York music scene bringing in positive reviews. Among them was The Buffalo News who selected SOTS as a “band to watch” in 2009. Playing local shows and touring regionally developed the bands sound into what is described as encompassing elements of groups such as Band of Horses, The Kinks, Gram Parsons, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

In June of 2010 Son of the Sun released their first full-length album “The Happy Loss”. With the help of co-producer Mike Brown, the album was recorded in part at Temperamental Recordings in Geneseo, NY and mixed by Alan Weatherhead (Sparklehorse, Camper Van Beethoven, Cracker) at Sound of Music Recording Studios in Richmond, VA. Throughout 2010 Son of the Sun continued to tour from the midwest to the east coast and support national headlining acts in the Upstate NY area. With every show sold out at the local level, the band was able to expand their fan base regionally.

Staying true to their roots in what is described as “melodically detailed rock,” Son of the Sun continued to pile on euphonic layers of textured harmonies with an added garage psychedelia that defines their sound so well. Their latest EP titled “Almost Not There” was released in June of 2011 and followed their song writing rule of “keep it simple,” and 3-chord rock-n-roll.

“We all draw from the same pool of influence for the most part” says Joey from SOTS. “For me personally I could listen to Roy Orbison’s In Dreams as much as Gimme Danger by the Stooges, followed by a Hank Williams song, and get equally turned on by all of those. So watching the movie “Alphaville” is just as motivating as listening to a Velvet Underground record. So in some way all of those things manage to sneak into the songs whether through a songwriting style or a certain choice of instruments, effects, etc.”

The band highlighted the Summer of 2011 with direct support for national headliners such as Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, The Tea Party, Blue Oyster Cult and Our Lady Peace.

In 2013, Son of the Sun plans to release their new full-length album titled “Some People, Some Times”. Keep an ear out.

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