Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
We started playing together in 2007 just out of fun with no plans to form a band. It was Ted MacInnes on drums, Frank Navaro on bass, Andy Moulton on guitar and myself on guitar. We started writing songs in 2008 and decided we need a singer and we should make a real band. We found David Joy at the end of that year. It was 2009 when we came up with the name Sunrunner and recorded our 1st demo. After that, Andy left to pursue jazz music. We continued on as a 4 piece. In 2010, we started playing shows and made our 1st record
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
Our music is like a workingmans prog. Meaning there is a bit of progressive rock involved, but we are not virtuoso musicians. We understand odd time signatures and we have a huge variety of influences. So thats where the proggy aspect comes from. But most prog bands, all the musicians are like the best guitarists and drummers, etc. I’m not saying we are not good musicians hahah! We are pretty good hahaha. But when one thinks of prog, you probably think of Dream Theater and bands like that. We are a much simplified version of that. And I am proud we do it the way we do it. Even though I love prog, I always thought it to be over the top and flashy at times. Maybe thats why people call it “heavy prog”, to differentiate that we are not your typical prog metal band.
Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Rush, Helloween, Candlemass, Rage (Germany), Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Yes, early Metallica, Elvis, folk, older country, oldies and mowtown, jazz and world music, that’s our influences.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
Because you will like it!
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
We have 4 full length releases and a few sigle/ e.p.s
1. ‘Eyes Of The Master’ 2010
2. ‘Time In Stone’ 2012
3. ‘Heliodromus’ 2015
4. ‘Ancient Arts Of Survival’ 2018
With each release, we seem to get a little more press. Its a slow process. But I think we are making progress. The next album is going to be even better!
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
Yes. We used to play a lot around our home area. But now we stick to touring. We do small 2 week tours usually for each release. Or something like that.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
We are unique. We found a niche. A classic metal band playing a bit of prog with a raw analog sound. Not over produced, not over the top, not too flashy.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
We are currently making demos for the next album. We have the studio booked for February. I believe Marcus Jidell (Avatarium, The Doomsday Kingdom) and who produced the newest Candlemass record is going to track the record. We are currently talking now about the project.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
Minotauro Records in Italy. You can order physical c.d.s through them. You can hear us on Spotify, youtube, i tunes....all the digital platforms I believe.