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Welcome to Doorstep Interview, where we find out more about the amazing bands and artists we have right here in the north east. This time, Sun Dance tell us more about their quest not to go deaf before they’re 25 and their amazing rise over the past few months.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you, where are you from?

Sun Dance are a three-piece alternative rock band from Newcastle. Made up from sexy hunk Adam Hope on guitar and lead vocals, teenage dreamboat Jack Hope on drums and Tom Booth who is all about dat bass (and harmonies).

What inspired you to first start making music?

My Dad is a supremely talented musician, so it was always normal growing up to want to learn an instrument. He bought me Nevermind by Nirvana around the age of 10, which truly flicked the switch and made take it a lot more seriously.

Who would you say are your biggest influences?

We have a wide range of influences, but mainly the likes of Band Of Skulls, Arctic Monkeys and The Black Keys, etc.

How would you describe your sound?

I think Tom described it well once… “Godzilla riding a laser beam up a skyscraper.” But on a more serious note, if you like big guitars, catchy melodies and reverb… we’re the band for you!

Where do you see yourselves fitting into the local music scene?

There are some great bands kicking about the scene at the moment who we’d love to play with. But in reality, we’ll probably end up rotting away in The Offquay where we rehearse. That place has a collection of bands souls.

Tell us a bit about your live performances. What can we expect from a gig by Sun Dance?

Don’t be fooled by the fact there’s only three of us, we are very loud. Expect catchy hooks, glorious harmonies and a healthy post-gig headache.

“Don’t be fooled by the fact there’s only three of us, we are very loud”

Can you tell us what gigs you have planned in the region in the near future?

We have just announced a number of shows over the next few months. On 10th October we support Bernaccia for their single launch alongside good friends Black Atom Movement and Hazels. Then on 16th October we’ll be supporting The Vryll Society at Think Tank and on 30th October we are playing The Greeting Committee’s comeback show at The Dog & Parrot.

What do you think has been your biggest achievement so far as a band?

Being handpicked by The Subways to support them at their sold out Sunderland show for our first ever gig is definitely a highlight so far. We still haven’t actually done that many gigs, so the exposure we’ve had by word of mouth in such a short space of time is also pretty cool!

Have there been any major challenges so far in your musical career?

Trying not to go deaf when rehearsing twice a week with such a hard hitting drummer.

What else have you got planned for the future?

We’ve just been in the studio recording a couple of tracks to release in the coming months. We’re currently planning our first single release! Watch this space!

Sun Dance play at the Bernaccia single launch at the Mining Institute, Newcastle on Saturday 10th October.

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