Loud, fuzzy and dirty, the sound of Montreal quartet Colonel Sun evokes memories of 90s rock. The band crosses the line between rock and metal, with elements of punkiness thrown in for good measure, so expect plenty of angsty vocals and dirty riffs.
The band sent us recent release Crowd-Sourced Funding, the first track to be released from the band’s upcoming EP. It opens up with low-tuned guitars that continue under edgy shouted vocals. A booming riff feeds into a chorus “Selling out for funds, Selling ghosts for guns, Telling jokes because we’re not the only ones.” That drops into a quick verse “It wasn’t much of a disguise, And when the bills would come she would never pay” that jumps back into another chorus.
A repeating low riff and bass feeds into a section of spoken vocals then a big booming low-tuned riff takes over and dives into a more intense final chorus with a wild guitar solo and heavier drums bringing it to a big ending. Check it out below:
The band have since followed that up with the edgy Dirtbag, which was released last week, and you can give it a listen below:
We had a chat with frontman Scott Cook to find out more. Read on below…
GR: Who are Colonel Sun?
SC: “We’re all from Montreal, Canada, and have all known each other for years. The band was put together really quickly, actually. I had written a few tunes, if only because I love to write, and demoed them all on my own. I played them for Mishka (bass), and he thought that it would be worth getting the other guys involved. They learned the six tunes that I had demoed, and we released them as our first EP, Suburban Invasion (2016). It was all pretty quick and pretty easy.”
GR: You just released Crowd-Sourced Funding. What should people be expecting from the song?
SC: “This is the first release from our forthcoming EP. I think that the song is pretty high-energy, but has a couple of little twists that are less common in heavy music. Robbie’s drumbeat in the verses, for instance, or the spoken word part in the bridge. It’s details like these that made us want to put it out first, but there are other things like this on the EP as a whole. There’s a fair amount of variety, but the energy stays pretty high throughout.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
SC: “I’ve always just described it as ‘dirty rock.’ It’s heavy, but it’s not really metal, nor is it really hardcore or punk. It’s edgy and it’s loud.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
SC: “Basically, listening to other music influences me to write. The band and I are all in our 40s and have all been involved in music our whole lives, though this is the first band that we’ve had together. Apart from this, I also teach music at a local college. All of the other guys are actively working in other projects (Patrick Watson, Thus Owls), so don’t have a ton of time to contribute to the writing process in Colonel Sun.
“So I write everything, and then they add their thing. As the main composer and lyricist, I’m always writing about the same topic: time. Because of my age, time is something that’s on my mind a lot; how much time do I have to do this? how much time will it take me to do that? how much time do I have left…?”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
SC: “My influences are quite diverse. I grew up listening to metal, but have clung onto certain bands from my youth as I’ve gotten older, such as The Exploited, The Cro-Mags, and SNFU. Those have crept into my writing over the past couple of years, though I don’t think it’s blatant. I’ve also spent a fair amount of time over the years playing jazz and studying classical music, so it can be pretty broad.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019?
SC: “We just recently signed with the label Stand Productions. So the immediate plan is to release the EP with them this fall. Beyond that, we’re looking at some shows, being part of a compilation, and perhaps releasing a full-length album in 2020. But we’ll see if we have the time…”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
SC: “I’m just excited for people to hear our music. The intention has always been to make music and play shows. That’s what we’ve all been doing for our whole lives, and it’s just too hard to stop. So we’ll keep doing it as long as it’s fun!”