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Newcastle-based psychedelic/garage rock outfit Scott Hepple and The Sun Band drop their second album Lammas on Friday 3rd of May. Recorded analogue by Maximo Park’s Duncan Lloyd and mastered by renowned Chicago-based engineer Carl Saff (Sonic Youth, Ty Segall, J Mascis), the album takes you on an epic, reverb-drenched sonic journey from the warm, fuzzy, easy-riding opener Junction, to the folky, tribal groove of the title track, to the aggressive, all-out-attack of Friend Of Mine, to the experimental, lick-heavy ender, The Bridge. There are elements of Early Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath and West Coast Seventies rock mixed in with more modern psych sounds and performed with a very moody, modern energy.

Here, the band tell us about their artistic influences with a six of the best…

Music: Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats – Curse In The Trees
(Scott) Uncle Acid are one of my favourite bands outside of the 60s/70s, they do the loud and fuzzy vintage analogue sound very, very well. This song is from their 2011 album Blood Lust and evokes a dark brooding atmosphere, not unlike a hammer horror film soundtrack. Their DIY tape approach really inspired us on the production of Lammas.

Music: Shirley Collins and The Albion Country Band – Murder of Maria Marten
(Sophie) Another song that influenced the album was  “Murder of Maria Marten” – by Shirley Collins and The Albion Band, which is basically a super group formed by an amalgamation of British Folk Revival moguls of the 60s and 70s. It’s a weirdly segmented song that comprises of Shirley’s distinctive vocals over a dissonant hurdy-gurdy drone and a really cool breakdown at the end.

Film: The Shout
(Both) This is a brilliant folky mystery/horror film from 1978 starring John Hurt. It’s a very unique and strange plot set in a coastal UK town, where a guy claims he can kill anyone with a ‘shout’ he learned from Aboriginal people. The film has a lot of crossover themes with our album ‘Lammas’ and somewhat matches the mood of the album in our opinion.

Art: Die Brücke (Art movement)
(Scott) I love this early Modern art movement from Germany because of the intense colours and the uneasy atmospheres of the paintings, but also what the movement represents. The artists of Die Brücke (Ernst Ludwig Kirchner is probably the most famous) were trying to create something new by means of a ‘primitive’ style influenced by their Saxon/mediaeval ancestors. The world around them was changing fast with the industrial revolution and they wanted to try and get back to nature and simplicity through their paintings. The closing song on our album ‘The Bridge’ (or, Die Brücke in German) is inspired by the feelings I get from these paintings.

TV: Children of The Stones
(Both) Naff 70’s British low-budget children’s drama/mystery about some spooky stone circle goings on (set in Avebury, where we had a band day off on our last UK tour). It’s great!

Literature: Dracula’s Guest and Other Weird Stories
(Sophie) I picked this up from the bookshop at Avebury Stone Circle, I’d been meaning to read some Bram Stoker for years and when I started it I couldn’t put it down. There’s a lot of dark irony in his writing that I think is often missed in hammy movie adaptations. His writings were often inspired by the ethos of the times, which I think can come across in a lot of Scott’s lyrics too.


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