Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
I (Patrick Duvall) spent my later childhood years learning to play guitar and sing alongside my brother David Duvall, who spent the same period learning bass and vocals. From adolescence onward, we went into performing shows straightaway. We cut our teeth with classic rock covers in a band aptly named Little Wing in SC during the late 90's/early 2000's playing to huge biker crowds. We grew to find our own creative voice and dropped the covers in 2001, writing material under the name Aftermath for several years and casually performing around our then-hometown of Myrtle Beach and touring regionally with relative frequency. 2009 marked the year we produced our 12 track debut album, A.M. Radio, and changed our name to OF THE SUN. A year after recording, we moved to Austin, TX, where we still reside. Spending a few years to absorb the shifting art and music culture of ATX -and briefly making waves within the metal community between 2011-2013 with a pair of different drummers- we decided it was time to breathe life back into a promising foundation and reached out to drum powerhouse, Johnny Reed, in June of 2015. Since then, Of The Sun has produced another record and has played alongside significant influences such as Intronaut, Devin Townsend Project, Gorguts, Scale The Summit, and Turbid North, as well as with legions of comrades within the Texas metal culture. Currently, we're planning the April 14th release of our newest record, BEFORE A HUMAN PATH.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
Southern progressive metal. The sound is rooted in wild experimentalism, but when it comes time to reign it in a bit and get down, that southern groove, that stank, is just as fundamental to our sonic identity. It's at once raw, focused, furious, and genuine. We go in as many directions as we can think to go, sometimes within the span of a song.
Musical influences include BTBAM, Psyopus, Pantera, Primus, Opeth, Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan, Gojira, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Jimi Hendrix, Danny Elfman, Nile, The Ocean, Behold... The Arctopus, and the list goes on...
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
Simply put, metalheads should spend their hard-earned cash to buy what we produce because they love it and want to get further into it, not because anyone convinces them we're part of this or that scene or because we sound like another band they already like. We're not and we don't. What we write is unlike anything out there, and either you love it or you hate it. Or you think it's okay. (R.I.P. MH)
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
We produced and packaged a couple of records in the past, but we really had no idea what we were doing as far as networking or coordinating went. Our minds were so totally wrapped up in the music and putting on good shows. There are at least 2 pieces of press from the media, both pretty flattering. The reception we've gotten from fans at shows and online has been stellar. Hell, a few of them got our logo tattooed. That's insanely humbling.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
Of The Sun performs consistently within ATX, looking at hitting the road asap.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in you?
We're a product of patient dedication, and our roots draw from very distinct waters to yield unique fruit. We will do this for our entire lives and continue to advance our reach upward.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
We're going back into Whiteroom Studios this year for round 2, and we'll be launching a crowd funding campaign through Patreon to get things moving quicker. We aim to tour, like, yesterday because it's just been way too long, and as a means to get Before A Human Path out to more people. We really want to see how people pick up on this one. I look forward to producing more visual art to run alongside our sound, and we've got some really exciting new music we're dying to expand on. We're going to put a load of work into our vocal approach. We've got some of the standards like false vocals and straight-up grunge era clean singing ala Cornell/Staley, as well as stuff like Mongolian-style throat singing and Freddy Mercury-inspired layers of harmonies, but we're still in an experimental stage and probably always will be.