RGM Introducing – We interview band Suncharmer

Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide to start the band? 

We all met at college and had been playing together for a while already, so the band was something that kind of happened naturally really. It was Valentines Day 2016 and we were all unfortunately very much available, so we decided to use that spare time to jam. The rest is history! 

Introduce us all to the members and your musical history?

(Paul) I’m Paul, lead singer and rhythm guitarist. I started playing music with my brother when I was 12 and began writing songs  with the three chords I could just about play. (Jasper) Hi I’m Jasper, our drummer. I had my first drum lesson about 15 years ago and I have loved all things rhythm ever since. (Sam)  Hi I’m Sam, our bass player. I had my first bass lesson over Skype when I was 13 and haven’t got much better since really. (Josh) Hi I’m Josh, our lead guitarist. I got a guitar for my 11th birthday and haven’t stopped noodling on it since, playing in various mediocre lineups over the years and hitting many wrong notes. 

Whats one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?

One we always get asked is ‘Do you bring the sun when you play?’. The answer is no we definitely don’t. It seems to tip it down every time we go near a stage!

What support is out there for new artists in Tunbridge Wells ?

We’re fortunate to have a great scene in Tunbridge Wells. There’s some cracking venues scattered about, which are all very supportive of upcoming artists. We always love playing down at Tunbridge Wells Forum, they’ve been really good to us. It’s a very accommodating place in terms of new music! 

Who is inspiring you at the minute on the Tunbridge Wells unsigned scene?

We’ve always been big fans of Mike Wilton, both solo and with The Standard Lamps. He’s a great songwriter and we love what he does! Another band we’re loving at the moment is The Polygons who we played a show with a few months back. They’re a very exciting band with great things ahead of them!

What would you like to see more of in Tunbridge wells?

I guess all we can say to that one is we’d like to see even more people getting down to see shows and supporting local music! 

What useless party trick / talent do you have? 

We all seem to have a knack for making up pretty elaborate and bizarre stories on the spot, I guess you could say we have very vivid imaginations. Jasper can do the worm if you want to see? 

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

We played Truckfest a few years back and we had an absolute blast! We had a decent crowd and it was just a nice chill setting at the stage we were playing at. The festival was awesome with some great bands playing, it was great to be counted amongst them on the lineup.

What was the worst experience on stage?

Our worst gig has to be when we played at  The Camden Assembly. We had multiple string breakages, couldn’t hear ourselves and couldn’t see the crowd thanks to a malfunctioning smoke machine. You name it, it went wrong! 

Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about? 

Paul is into birds (the feathered kind) and cinematography, Josh loves his cars and commercial aviation for some reason. Jasper is a pretty hardcore football guy at heart and supports Birmingham City FC. Sam is our resident flag expert and could probably identify every country’s flag with ease. 

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? 

Sam seems to empathise with people who think the earth is flat, but not really. I guess we’re not clued up enough on our conspiracy theories to know for sure. 

If you had to describe your band to an alien how would you describe them? 

Four human males who make earth sounds? Pretty unspecific but kind of correct in a way. To be honest we’d probably just give them a bunch of CD’s to listen to so they can make up their own minds, because of course aliens have CD players.

Which one of the band is the most unpredictable and why?

That would probably go to Paul. He constantly gets up to things that leave you perplexed. Alcohol plays some part in most of the stories unsurprisingly. 

Which one of the band is the biggest nightmare? (Just a bit of fun)

I think we can agree that Jasper is the one that comes to mind for this one. He’s always the one that is the most particular with his takes during recording and will have us playing the song many times over, despite us thinking the last take was perfect. 

You have one phone call and you have been locked up for a crime you didn’t commit? Which member would you call first? 

Paul would be a good person to chat to in that situation however he rarely actually picks up. The next person to try would be Sam as there’s a good chance he’ll answer and help you. 

Whats your favourite song to play live and why?

That would probably be our tune ‘Son Of A Gun’. It has a slightly different pace and feel to our other stuff which is quite refreshing. Its very quickly becoming a crowd favourite since we released it. 

Talk me through the thought process of the single?

(Paul) The new single was written during lockdown last year and reflects how I was feeling at the time. I wrote it to try and convey a sense of positivity when everyone was in a time of uncertainty. Since it was written the song has taken on a more bittersweet tone due to some changes in my circumstances.

What was the recording process like?

For recording this song we decided to record in an all analog studio, mainly because we were chasing a more old fashioned kind of sound that we thought suited us better. The process was pretty straightforward and we had probably the best time we’ve ever spent in a studio.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?

Probably adapting the writing style so as to be more honest and straight to the point than we have been before. We often try to write clever songs but sometimes going back to basics is what’s needed.

Would you change anything now its finished?

At this point not really, no. It’s the happiest we’ve been with anything we’ve done to date and we’re super proud of it. 

What are your plans for the year ahead?

We’ve got loads of new tracks ready to record that we’ll be cracking on with. The pandemic disrupted that process, along with getting out there and playing shows which we’re also going to be doing over the next year. 

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

We’d like to thank RGM for having us, as well as everyone who’s streamed the new single. We hope to see all of you at a show in the near future! The artwork for our single was done by Adrestia’s Revolt so be sure to check out her other work on social media! 

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