Sunbathers have just released their new single, Honeysuk, and earlier in the year teamed up with Belgian melodic house act Curtis Alto for a remix of their song Intimacy, which has been a hit.
The Fountain caught up with vocalist Sean Lynott about the Baltimore music scene, the story behind their new release and what’s next for Sunbathers.
TF: You must be excited about the release of your new single, Honeysuk?
Absolutely. This was a big release for us, being the first time we had paired a song with a visual for first release. Also, this is a song that we wrote nearly two years ago with a lot more guitars and a lot less synths. We came back to it with fresh ears and new ideas after some time apart from it and it fell into form quickly, getting a new chorus and some more synth treatment. When we started playing the new version live, people instantly responded to it even after hearing it for the first time. We knew right away that we needed to record this song and put it out into the world.
TF: What music did you grow up listening to, formulating your taste and interest in music?
I personally grew up on a lot of aughts emo and pop punk music. I went to Warped Tour every summer for probably 7 or 8 years, and was deeply invested in that brand of music. But at the same time I was being exposed to Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Radiohead, My Morning Jacket, and later on a lot of indie pop like Phoenix and French house music like Justice, Breakbot, and of course Daft Punk. All the while I was being impressed by great contemporary pop music and developed a deep appreciation for extraordinary song craft.
TF: What inspired your name, Sunbathers?
Full disclosure, it was the album Sunbather by Deafheaven. It came out a few months before the band formed and we were all huge fans of the record. It soundtracked a lot of our early hangouts together and when someone suggested Sunbathers as a band name it just felt right. At first glance it conjures images of beautiful, carefree and sun-drenched moments, yet once you peel back the layers you find once obscured and contained elements of sadness and brutality lying just under the surface.
TF: What is the music scene like in Washington/Baltimore – has it been supportive over your time creating and performing music? And have you any plans to come play in Scotland soon?
Baltimore and Washington have been really great for us. To have such amazing cities with thriving music scenes just forty miles from one another is such a unique and fortunate circumstance as we can both participate in as well as experience a vital music scene in either city. Baltimore especially is remarkably accepting and open to all kinds of music and art, giving us as well as any other bands agency to step outside of our comfort zone and challenge ourselves without concern.
Playing Scotland would be incredible! We’ve never played outside of the U.S. so maybe we’ll have to make Scotland our first stop down the line.
TF: What’s next on the cards for Sunbathers?
We’re in the final stages of recording two new songs and have a few others in the pipeline too. When those songs will be released is still up in the air, but we’ve got big aspirations for the next year.
Photos courtesy of Shane Gardner.
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