Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
Sunroad begun on August/1996, but in that period we just wanted to have fun playing covers songs. The band name was Alien, back then. One year later, we re-baptized to Sunroad and started at our own to write compositions, but only playing at small places, schools parties, things like that. Our debut album was released in 1999 and was made under a very poor production and we were like an lab band: every sort of music styles you can find on those tracks. The turn of page was in 2003 with Arena Of Aliens release, with a good production, it allowed us to the attention of the manager/agent Edu Bonadia (R.I.P.) that signed a contract deal and allowed us a good distribution in Europe, USA and Japan, and next album too, 2006. The following that came was a long and a good History. The current Sunroad's line up is Warlley Oliver (vocals/rhythm guitar), Mayck Vieira (lead & rhythm guitars), Van Alexandre (bass/keyboards) and Fred Mika (drums)
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
Sunroad got three different periods. At the early years we got influence of everything. Up from 2000, we were classified as “progressive hard rock” and our influences was Uriah Heep, UFO, Triumph, Rush. Then, at the 2010 year, we changed a few to melodic hard rock with more sophisticated vocals lines and dynamics harmonies/melodies.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
Because we add that Brazilian touch. Everyone will find tracks extremly emotional, well arranged, well produced and rich of details and dynamics.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
Our complete discography is: Heat From The Road (1999)/Independent - Light Up The Sky EP (2001) /Golden Music - Arena Of Aliens (2003)/Avantage Records - Flying N'Floating (2006)/Avantage Records - Long Gone (2009) /Independent - Carved In Time (2013) / MS Metal Records - Wing Seven (2017)/MusiK Records-Roxx Records - Heatstrokes (2019) - MusiK Records- Roxx Records Collections: - 1996/2006 - Ten Years Treating Deafness (2008) - Allegro Disccos - Slow Time Kings- The Ballads Collection (2019) - Roxx Records. Regarding each album I will let the audience answer by itself.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
You can always expect a very exciting live performance from Sunroad. Beside this I got a recording studio that allow me to test our tracks under several perspectives. Working at studio help the band and vice versa.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
Our last two albuns, Wing Seven and Heatstrokes , both are at all top 10 lists of the best Brazilian releases of each respective year.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
In 2020 we will be planning an European tour and a live DVD with videoclips already recorded. As well, we'll be on tour with Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen/Ring Of Fire/Dokken, etc) in next semester of 2020.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
At all digital plataforms and physical release by Roxx Records worldwide. The Sunroad Instagram and Facebook pages are: @sunroadofficial. Thank you so much for the interview. We see you all in the road soon. Keep on rockin