Hail The Sun is a progressive post-hardcore quartet who met in Chico, CA, while studying music technology. The overlap of influences throughout the group has led them to become one of the most dynamic and intricate musical acts to come out of the scene in decades. Formed by drummer Donovan Melero and guitarist Aric Garcia (who played in a death metal band in high school), the original idea for the musical direction was to remain high-energy, while allowing melodies and harmonies to be a prominent feature, rather than just screaming to portray intense emotion. The addition of Shane Gann and John Stirrat brought additional flavors, and the group began to stretch its creative legs, allowing itself to write parts and songs that were much more heavily influenced by jazz, funk, blues, fusion, and Latin musical styles.
The group has toured extensively throughout its three-year existence, and has recently begun experiencing national exposure. They have one of the most high-energy live shows ever witnessed, and that’s all while playing amazingly difficult lines and rhythms. Their drummer is their singer, which is a show in and of itself, and the addition of the other three acting as visual “frontmen,” while not singing, lets the audience’s attention move from here to there seamlessly, and without feeling bored.
We caught up with them during the Vans Warped Tour and got them to answer a few questions..
1. What does it mean to you and the band to be playing Vans Warped Tour this year ?
Donovan Molero: It’s an incredible experience and we are humbled to a part of something so big.
2. What or who are you most excited to see on the tour this year ?
The Story So Far, Too Close To Touch, Emarosa, Every Time I die
3. If you had your pick…what would be your favorite song to play on stage?…And why?
“Burn Nice and Slow”, because I love singing those lyrics.
4. If you would have had the chance to write any song, what song would it be? (It could be any song that has been recorded)
One Armed Scissor – At the Drive In
5. If you had anything to change in the music industry what would it be, and how would you change it if you have a chance to do it?
Getting people to buy records if they love a band.
6. Name one group that you would want to do your farewell tour with?
At the Drive in
7. Name one song that you would like to be known for the most?
“Doing the Same thing and Expecting Different Results”
8. What is the best thing about tour you like..and what is the worst?
Best thing is seeing and meeting so many people. Worst thing is lack of sleep and all the driving.
9. Why do you think the Vans Warped Tour has been such a success over the many years it has been going on?
Because Kevin knows how to get the hottest bands.