Playing Saturday at 4:30pm
With the release of their debut EP, SunFallen has firmly planted their boots on the Chicago music scene. The vintage feel of their rock and roll has been compared to that of the Rolling Stones, Black Crowes, and Led Zeppelin. You could feel the energy and excitement of the packed room as the band debuted their tracks live at their release party at Chicago’s famed Double Door in February. Since then, audiences, big and small, have received the EP favorably across Chicagoland. SunFallen has been fortunate enough to take the stage at some of Chicagoland’s premier venues, including Joe’s Bar, 115 Bourbon St, The Cubby Bear, The Abbey Pub, Blue Chip Casino, Ballydoyle, McGee’s, and plenty of other bars throughout the Midwest. Johnny B even played on of their songs on his popular morning show on 97.9, The Loop. The band has sold hundreds of copies since the release. They also want to note that they intend to add “of thousands” to the last sentence.
The EP, “This Is How We Became” was recorded over the course of the summer of 2008 at Pragma Studios in Chicago, with Dan Wean as the producer/ engineer. Mastering duties were handled by Doug McBride at Gravity Studios. The album shines a light on many colors of the rock spectrum, smoothly transitioning from the heavy blues-rock of Cadillac Kid, to the sweet alt-country harmonies of Just An Echo, to the stomp-clap rockabilly of Devil On The Shoulder, to the psychedelic rock anthem of Revelation. The album is available on CD Baby or can be purchased digitally on iTunes (available 5/14) and Dig Station.
But SunFallen didn’t just appear out of thin air. The success of the band has come from the combined talent, practice, experience, and connections from the 5 members. The band has been playing together since 2006 and all of its members have come from past projects around Chicagoland. Members include Jay O’Malley on lead vocals and guitar, Brian Phillips on lead guitar, Zack Eret on the bass, Jojo Orga on the drums, and Matt Starr as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. The band is self managed and in the short term wants to continue to play out and grow their Midwest audience, while perfecting new songs for an upcoming full-length release.