Who are you and what are you doing here??
I’m Dave and I do guitars, vocals & the songs with the band Sounds Like Sunset.
How did your music career start?
My girlfriend convinced her friends to let me join the band they had just started. She played drums but they needed a bass player, so they let me join. I didn’t have a bass or an amp and I’d never played bass before, so I had to quickly get those bits before the first jam – at which point they told me I’d also be the singer! So yeah, so many new things all at once.
How would you describe your music?
Heavy, dense, light, layered. Hummable? Maybe…like a nasty scary animal that really just wants to give you a big hug.
If you had to choose one song you’ve written that best defines your sound which one would it be?
Maybe one of these new ones Open Up My Eyes. It’s aggressive but also kind of innocent & childlike with dinky melodies inside this big storm of noise. Makes its point pretty quickly & then gets out of there.
In this day and age where anyone is pretty much able to pick up an instrument, what would you say sets your band apart from the rest?
It’s one thing to have access to the instruments but you’ve still got to have something to say. I think we’re making music that tries to destroy itself sonically, but a lot of work goes into the songs underneath it all so the songs usually survive. We don’t crowd-fund our music – we pay our own way. We don’t have management, and we don’t use a booker or a “proper” record label. We just make the music we want to and then try to work out how to share it with people later.