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New synthpop duo SADSUN are the latest outfit to appear from Newcastle and they’ve introduced themselves to with the release of their catchy and pulsating singles ‘Control’ and the brand new ‘Heads Or (Tails)’. We caught up with guitarist/synth player Simon Atkinson to find out all about the new band.
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DP!: How would you describe yourselves to someone who has never heard SADSUN before?
Simon: Summertime pop drowning in melancholy.
DP!: How did the band form?
Simon: Aimy and I met back in 2015 through the bands that we were playing in at the time. We both shared this huge passion for pop music and both wanted to try our hand at it, it was so outside of the music we were writing with our then-current bands that we sort of fell into writing together. We spent a good few years experimenting, finding the sound and deciding what we wanted this project to really be. We found our groove and as things came together, SADSUN was born.
DP!: What plans do you have for the future?
Simon: We’re currently getting close to the end of producing our debut EP, which if all goes to plan will be out sometime this summer! Alongside that, we’re working on our live set and our debut show as SADSUN. Beyond that we just plan to play as many places and to as many faces as we possibly can, while continuing to work on and put out the best music we can.
DP!: Which new bands are you listening to right now?
Simon: I listen to mainly older bands, so I’ve just had to scour my Spotify’s recently played section in a panic. I’ve been jamming a lot of LOS LEO, who’s an Australian one-man pop powerhouse. The Night Game’s self-titled debut album is on there, which is killer if you like Springsteen and Prince vibes. And our good friends in Noyou just released their debut single ‘The War’ so that’s been getting a lot of plays, definitely check it out if you like feel good electronic pop rock!
DP!: Which bands do you aspire to and why?
Simon: A name that crops up every time we think of artists that we aspire to is Tears For Fears, particularly in their ‘Songs From The Big Chair’ era. Their progressive attitude towards pop songwriting and production on that album is so inspiring, it really pushed the boundaries of the genre and while it was largely overlooked at the time – it’s recognised as a timeless classic today. That’s what we aspire to; creating timeless pop music.
DP!: What’s the stand out moment in your career so far?
Simon: We’ve only been a band publicly for a couple of months, so we haven’t done a whole lot just yet. But releasing our debut single back in February, having no idea or expectation of how it would be received, and then being welcomed with positivity and love from all over the world by people. That’s a really great feeling, especially when you’ve been working on the music in private for so long – you start to question yourself and each other, ‘Is this actually even good?!’. That reception put our minds at ease and gave us a boost of confidence in what we’re doing, so it’s definitely the highlight so far.
SADSUN‘s new single ‘Heads Or (Tails)’ is out now and you can stream it on iTunes here.
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