Five Questions With Mother Sun

Kamloops, BC’s Mother Sun released their album, Caramel Clouds in August 2019. Now, they have unveiled a video for their single, “Lemonade” which is from their new, unreleased EP.

Check out the live video below, and find out more about Mother Sun via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers? 

We’re Mother Sun! Alex Ward, Emilio Pagnotta, Jared Doherty and Jared Wilman.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

The lyrics are kind of surreal stream of consciousness observations in a lot of cases. We like to use a lot of imagery and texture in the words and music to make something interesting and surprising to listen to, kind of visual if you close your eyes.

Songs take shape differently, usually, a song comes together by one of us recording a demo at home, then we listen together and try and shape the song by playing it a bunch of times in rehearsal. Each of us are constantly trying to listen to new music so a lot of influence seeps into our sound, psych, jazz, synth-pop, post-punk, jangle pop, folk. We all love to record at home so a lot of experimentation occurs in the studio.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

 We have one more show before the quickly approaching 2020! In Kamloops, BC our hometown at the Blue Grotto with our brothers Echo Beach, The North Shore and Jackson Marshall and the Jims on the 27th of December.

We’ll be touring more of Canada in 2020 in the spring and summer!

Our live show can vary depending on where we play, we tailor our sets to the show depending on the room and event we are with. But, our last show had a dude crowd surfing and some people started moshing during a later song before unfortunately knocking over a photographer friend of ours! We are super into jumping into the crowd and getting everyone into what’s happening. Our sets have ebbs and flows to their energy and we are always working to tell a story through each song we play and where it fits into the set. We cross over genres of psych, jazz, and punk, so everything goes from dancing or moshing (?!), and mellower times where you can just stand and soak it in.

The goal is to just make the moment happen with whoever is there, cater to where we are and share. Forget about the day, be present and let loose with us!

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

Probably the first song on our record ‘Daylight’. It’s definitely a favourite for all four of us to play live, and we had some friends put in a really great string section in the bridge on the recording. There’s some flute and stuff Alex played which sounds really cool, and we had an amazing time live tracking that song at Little Red Sounds with our friend Felix Fung!

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

 So many amazing artists from Canada! Speak Easy, Archaics, Dopey’s Robe, Loving, Ghost Woman, Andy Shauf, Dan Mangan, Faith Healer, Mac Demarco, Leonard Cohen, to name a few.

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