Wednesday, October 31, 2012

10 Questions with The Sunshine Factory


Hailing from Mobile, AL, The Sunshine Factory is a three piece noise pop/shoegaze/psychedelic band currently on tour supporting their latest album Sugar (which happens to be one of the better records of this genre to be released in recent years).  The Sunshine Factory will be playing at VZD’s in Oklahoma City on Friday, November 2nd with Green Corn Revival and Gum.  For more info on the concert, check out the show’s event page on Facebook.

This interview was conducted with Ian Taylor via Facebook October 22-30, 2012.

For more information on the band check out their official website, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Last.fm, and Wikipedia pages.

Dave:  How did the band get together?  What’s the story behind the name Sunshine Factory? 

Ian Taylor:  The Sunshine Factory originally started as a project between my dad (the lyricist) and me. I was actually a one-man band in the beginning playing with backing tracks. In the past two years, Sally and Clay entered the picture through friends-of-friends.

The band name was based off a song title of my dad's that he wrote as an RN in the '90s. It basically refers to the utilitarianism and cynicism of the hospital environment--all concealed with "sunshine".

Dave:  For those who have never heard the band, how do you describe your music? 

Ian:  A smorgasbord of genres; alternative rock/shoegaze/noise pop/byzantine chant

Dave:  Your latest album, Sugar, was released last year on Saint Marie Records.  How did you get hooked up with the label?  What are your plans for a follow up release?

Ian:  Saint Marie found us online. We are currently recording our next E.P. at Sweet Tea studios in Oxford Ms.

Dave:  Do you have any specific type of songwriting process?

Ian:  Usually Robert will write lyrics and I will right music separately. Then, Sally, Clay and I will sit down with and try to make everything work together.

Dave:  On the album Sugar, you have what I can best describe as a very large sound.  Being a three piece, how do you create the big wall-of-sound affect in your music?

Ian:  Doubled guitars, Compressed drums, Synths, and Motorhead bass!

Dave:  What are your favorite places to cities to play in and favorite bands to play/tour with?

Ian:  NYC and Springfield, MO. We've had great shows with our friends The Stargazer Lillies and Ghost Dance. There's really too many great bands we've played with to name them all.

Dave:  How is the music scene in Alabama

Ian:  It's Getting better all the time.

Dave:  This is a High Fidelity inspired question.  What are your top five favorite bands, albums, movies, television shows, and books/authors? 

Ian:  Albums: "Revolver", "Daydream Nation", "Loveless", "when I was born for the seventh time" and pretty much everything ever done by Broadcast.

Dave:  What’s next for the band? 

Ian:  Finishing our E.P. and more touring.

Dave:  Any final thoughts?

Ian:  I'm excited to be back in my hometown of OKC!!

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