1- Hello, thanks for answering to our questions. What are you guys currently up to?
As we wait for the release of the record this February, we are currently exploring the options for plans of an out of country tour in the fall of ’17 as well as numerous small US runs between now and then to support our upcoming album.
2- First off, could you make some history of the band?
Our former bands used to play together years ago, and around 2011 when our other bands had broken up, we were all shooting the shit one evening about needing to play shows and decided to just start playing together. We played and toured actively for a few years under the name Traitor and in 2015, we decided to essentially reboot the system and start over as Sunlight’s Bane, focusing on a more grind and blackened crust influenced sound.
3- How could you describe your sound?
I would say the most consistent description in terms of genres would grinding death/blackened crust, but what we primarily focus on when writing is building on an atmospheric presentation and emotion. We often describe the music as being «audio terror» because the emotions of rage, fear, and regret that we attempt to instill in the listener with the songs are how we primarily focus on presenting ourselves and the music.
4- What are the band’s main musical influences?
Musically, there is a wide range of influence from stuff like Pig Destroyer and Nasum to Mayhem and Iskra. But we also find a lot of influence in films and literature in terms of theme and structure for songs.
5- How is the feedback for your new album being?
Only a very narrow few have heard the record in its entirety outside of those who have been involved in its release but everything we have heard from those who have heard it so far had been incredibly telling and promising. We recently released a 7″ split with Geist that has done incredibly well in both sales and reviews, so that had also given us a lot of hope for the reception of this record.
6- And are your personally satisfied with the final outcome?
We could not be more satisfied with the final result of the album. We spent over two years writing material, scrapping entire songs, focusing on having the right artwork and order and to go in with that sort of preparation helped, but it mostly paid off for us when we heard the final product between the production Andy Nelson captured and the final mastering by Brad Boatright. We feel that no matter the outcome, we came out of the gate bearing our teeth with the best representation and material we ever imagined we could.
7- How could you describe this opus in just 3 words?
Fear and terror
8- How has the production process for your new release been?
The process of recording with Andy Nelson at Bricktop Recording was one of the best recording experiences any of us have ever had. He was very accommodating to our every requests, which included recording vocals and guitar leads in the dark by candlelight to set an atmosphere. We feel we were able to create a production for the record with Andy that we could not have accomplished anywhere else and are eternally grateful for that.
9- And how do you use to work on the songwriting?
Very typically we meet together at practice and begin experimenting with different ideas. It usually will start with someone having a very rudimentary part or idea for a small portion of a song and we will play around with it for a little while and see if that will be our starting point, or work backwards from it. Around that, very rarely is there an «is this what Sunlight’s Bane sounds like» moment. We usually move on a song by song basis and simply based around what we either feel flows or works naturally with that beginning portion, or think about what would not be the typical transition and try to build that in as a sort of disorientation for the listener.
10 – Finally, what are you near-future plans?
The near future plans are to prepare for the weekend our album is released by booking a weekend tour centered around it in our favorite cities to play around the Midwest and begin booking for that.
11- That’s all from our side, thanks again for taking your time to answer our questions. If you now want to add some final words; feel free to do it.
Thanks for the interview!