Two months since the successful release and launch night of 'Sunrise' and what a gig it was. The EP has been getting great reviews so far including a little mention in the Sunday Mail. Gobophotography Glasgow has also written some kind words about the EP which can be read here. Over at Scots Whay Hae! the band have been mentioned in their best new music of November.
The band have also been very busy recently writing and recording some new material which we expect to hear some time early next year. 'Stop The Clocks' is one of those new songs which is dedicated to those affected by the helicopter crash at The Clutha Bar in Glasgow. The demo of the song can be heard below. The Clutha Appeal Fund has been set up to help those affected by the crash. Anyone wishing to donate to the fund by debit or credit card should call 0141 287 7878.
The band have announced the release of their debut EP 'Sunrise'. It is set for release on 21st October and will include the first single 'Wasted In Love'. Artwork for the EP has been done again by the wonderful Julie Wilson.
An EP launch gig has also been announced. This will take place at The Art School on 26th October. Tickets are £6 and are available on the door on the night or from any of the bands playing. There is also an After-party at Firewater and entry is free with a gig ticket. Support on night will come from Henry Morgan Jnr, Bluetinlids, Mhazz and The Veins.
You can also watch the video for 'Wasted In Love' which stars Lynsey Meekins. It is still available to download for free at the bands Soundcloud along with the b-side 'Brother Abandonment (By My Side)'.
The Sundance Shatter have just released their first single 'Wasted In Love'. It has been released through Winter Walks Records and is available to download for free on soundcloud. Have a listen below and give it a download.
The single is taken from the bands first EP 'Sunrise' which is due for release in the next few weeks. Also through Winter Walks Records.
The b-side to 'Wasted In Love' is an acoustic version of a brand new song called 'Brother Abandonment (By My Side)'. This will also be played at the upcoming EP launch. Details of which will be announced very soon. You can also listen to this and get a free download of it on soundcloud too. Have a listen below too.
After a hard day shooting their first video a quick interview to round off their day. The usual band ‘headquarters’ – The Counting House is full so another venue it has to be. Almost a year since their first gig The Sundance Shatter have come a long way. Many gigs under their belt, debut EP recorded mixed and mastered, shooting underway for their first video and an EP launch in the pipeline but Burger King will have to do.
“I don’t really get nervous about playing that much anymore. It’s more about people hearing things that you’ve written that maybe they shouldn’t hear. It’s like letting strangers read your diary. I find it quite weird that strangers know things about me that maybe the really shouldn’t know.” Says Robert Kilpatrick who is the lead singer and guitarist with The Sundance Shatter. It’s quite clear that confidence is growing within the band which consists of Robert Kilpatrick; vocals and rhythm guitar, Tom Fairlamb; lead guitar, Dan McCormack; bass and Chris Dunkley on drums.
The band formed in late 2011 whilst all attending Glasgow University but they met under strange circumstances “Me and Rab first met on a bus and I squeezed puss out of his finger” explains Fairlamb. Kilpatrick adds “During freshers week at Uni I was on this bus myself, I sat next to him [Tom] just randomly. One of my fingers was infected at this point and I begged him to squeeze it and all this puss shot out. That’s how we started talking”. I should add both Tom and Robert were drunk.
“Me and Rab spent ages like trying to think of a name and we couldn’t find one we liked for ages. I’d text Rab random names that I’d think of at like various points in the night. I just thought the word Sundance was cool, I put the words Shatter and Sundance cause I thought it might sound cool and I text Rab at like 4 in the morning and it just kind of stuck.” Dunkley explains how the band’s name came about. This was the first point where they felt like a proper band.
Writing is shared amongst the band but Kilpatrick and Fairlamb take head writing duties. “Mostly Rab writes the lyrics.” Tells Fairlamb “There’s three different ways I’d say we do it. Rab writes lyrics and some chords and then I write a lead to it and the drums and bass come in after it or Rab sometimes just has lyrics and I write guitar to it straight away, and then there’s just a couple I wrote.” Despite the strong song writing Kilpatrick confesses “I’m not that good at guitar really, I normally leave that to Tom”
As the conversation unfolds I can sense each band member had their own role which they are content with and it works well. As things more forward the next step was to record their first EP. “In the studio it’s quite a slow process but it was fun doing it. It seemed so professional.” Says Fairlamb. With limited money they had to find a way to record the EP as cheaply as possible. Kilpatrick continued “I asked one of my lecturers could we record it there [at Stow College where Kilpatrick is a student], so we got to do it for free.” With their first proper recordings it almost comes as a relief for Dunkley “It’s nice to have nice quality recordings rather than YouTube videos and stuff.” You get a sense that the band are proud of their debut EP. Kilpatrick admits ”It was kind of the first time where once we got them back the band felt really real. We always knew it was real but the act we have something to properly show for it now kind of makes other people maybe believe it a bit more.”
Wasted in Love is the single taken from the EP which was also the first song Kilpatrick wrote the name was also inspired by a book his brother wrote also called Wasted in Love “I named this song after a short story collection my brother Allan Wilson brought out in October 2011” he continues “It’s basically just about a relationship that’s fucked. Holding onto something that’s falling apart but not really knowing how to deal with it.”
Kilpatrick describes their EP as “hopeful and lonely” which I think describes the band and their music perfectly. It includes four tracks and should be released within the next month or two. With lead single Wasted in Love being released as a free download. ‘I’ll Walk With You Out Of The Dark’ penned by Kilpatrick is a hopeful song. “I wrote it about my sister, just a kind of song to say to her I love her.” ‘Blue’ another song wrote by Kilpatrick “I guess it’s the second part of ‘Wasted in Love’, it’s maybe a different chapter of the same book. It’s the hard reality that maybe it was you that fucking ruined it.” ‘Winter Blues’ is the fourth song on the EP and another hopeful song, written by Fairlamb “It’s about being away from a relationship and missing them. It was over winter time so we got the Winter Blues.” Musically Winter Blues is quite a different track from the others on the EP and Kilpatrick adds “I think that’s a dead hopeful song. It’s kind of although we’re apart just now maybe something will still make this work eventually.”
They also have a video in the works for ‘Wasted in Love’. Mainly written and directed by Dunkley and Fairlamb. They were adamant they weren’t going to have your typical band video; Dunkley explains, “Me and Rab thought up the idea, the premise of it; the human statue. I wrote a draft script and sent it to Tom, and me and Tom edited and changed bits.” Kilpatrick goes on to say “We didn’t have permission to film on the street so today we were constantly on the lookout for the council, seemingly it’s a grand fine if you get caught, so that would have been ironic after trying to do it cheaply.”
Also coming up is the band’s EP launch currently scheduled for mid June. It will also be their first headline gig. “I can’t wait to do it. It will be nice playing a longer set cause normally we’re restricted to a half hour” says Kilpatrick. A longer set means new songs Fairlamb tells us “We have a couple new songs ready.” He goes on to say “I really like a lot of folk music aswell and country and stuff. It doesn’t come across that much in the music, slightly but in some of the new stuff.” So we can expect a different side to the band when we hear the new songs.
The Sundance Shatter aren’t a band destined to take over the world but they are a band who believe in what they are doing. They are slowly building a dedicated fan base who also believes in them. This time next year who knows where the band will be but one thing is for sure they won’t be doing interviews in Burger King.
Just a little update to let you know what the band are up to. Could be a long blog. Work for the video of their first single is set to begin on Friday 10th May. Some extras are needed so if you are interested get in touch either here or here.
The EP is coming together nicely. It was recorded over the space of a week in February/March and has since been mixed and mastered. The artwork for the EP and single is almost complete and done by the amazing Julie Wilson. An EP launch is also in the process of being booked.
Winter Walks Records will be distributing the EP. There will be 100 limited edition CDs released which
will be on sale at the EP launch. It will also be available through all good digital reatilers.
More news and release dates when we have it.
I will also be adding lots more to the website/blog so keep checking back.
Welcome to my fanpage about The Sundance Shatter. I will try to post everything any anything about them and keep you up to date with upcoming gigs, releases and anything else of interest.
The band are playing at Broadcast on Sauchiehall Street on 8th March supporting the brilliant SOS. Tickets are £5 and available on the door. Also playing are Pirate Sons so it should be a great night.
Recording for their debut EP has also started, It is scheduled for release in April with a launch night planned too. Lots to look forward to and I'll keep you updated.
If you fancy a free dowload of their cover of Madonna's Crazy For You you can do so by clicking here.