For the second show in Flying Dog’s Summer Sessions concert series, the brewery is hosting three bands: People’s Blues Of Richmond, Sun Club and Surfer Blood. We spoke with members of each of the bands — the first two via email and the headliner via phone — over the past couple weeks to talk about their upcoming trip to Frederick, what’s in store for Saturday’s show and, of course, what they think of Flying Dog beer. We’ll be rolling out the interviews, one a day, for the rest of the week. As always, we’ll be at Flying Dog this Saturday, supporting the fine people at Flying Dog and these fine bands (notice the brand new playlist on the right) by giving away koozies, setting up a table, and giving away tickets. Come say hi. Today, we speak with Sun Club.
You guys are from Baltimore. Do you ever occasionally come up this way to play (Frederick and Hagerstown)? What’s your perception of the Western Maryland music scene and Frederick, specifically, as a music town? How about Baltimore? How do you see that city as a music town?
We’ve never played Western Maryland but are psyched. It’s like a different world!! We did a film festival a few years in Frederick and dig the Pop Shop. Baltimore is sick as hell. Love seeing shows and playing shows here – positive energy.
What’s your favorite Flying Dog beer and why?
The pale ale and Raging Bitch. We crossed paths with those beers many of times, yum. The art is awesome, too.
You guys played SXSW this year. How was that experience? I’ve covered it before and the consensus for a lot of people I talked to is that it’s a drag to play it because of how corporate and crowded it’s become. What’s your take on that?
It totally varies. We’ve been there three times and there’s been a ton of super terrible times, but also been a few cool times. We have met so many good people there, so in the end, it has been positive.
What are some of your career’s favorite, most accomplished memories so far?
The amount of free beer we’ve all consumed – and going to Europe this past May, haha.
Who were some of your biggest influences and why?
Summer time, the forest, biking at night and fun times influence our music a lot.
You guys get out on the road a bit. Where are some of your favorite places to play and why?
Pontiac, Michigan. Lots a great stuff out there.
Through all your travels so far, can you give us some names of some musicians/artists who we might not already know of, who we should keep an eye on?
Sherman Whips, Slendermen, Vundabar, Little Leaguer.
And finally, what can we expect from your set at Flying Dog?