Feature Friday: Until Sunrise

Posted: January 14, 2011 by Is This Revolutionary? in Interview
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I found these guys just by browsing about the internet, and I really enjoyed what these guys brought to the table: energy and a well-needed shot of youth. The music is incredible and absolutely free, so I immediately thought of bringing them in to expose their music to the rest of the Revolutionaries?.

B: Who is part of Until Sunrise?

Tanner Beard – Tanner plays bass for the band and has been actually playing for eight years. Tanner and I started the band while in high school when we realized we loved this genre of music. He and I are best friends, but argue like brothers!

Sam Dorsey – Sam is the drummer and my little brother. I’ve been jamming with him as long as I can remember. He’s the youngest member (13 years old), but plays like he’s a freshman in college.

David Glaze – The most sarcastic member of the band. David likes to skip practice and be ironic. He adds crazy ambiance to our sound with his Fender and records almost everything in one take. He is also a bad-ass.

Me (Joe Dorsey) – I play guitar and piano as well as record and produce our music. I’m extremely determined and I organize many aspects of the band. This is my passion.

B: How did Until Sunrise begin?

Joe: Back in March of 2010, Tanner and I were in the same music theory class. We became friends when we hung out at a local pop-punk fest. He really wanted to come over and jam sometime because we figured out we both like post-rock, progressive rock, and other related genres. On March 20th, Tanner and his friend David Glaze came over to jam. Tanner played drums and David and I played guitar. We went out to the field behind my house and took some cool photos with the sun setting. David left and Tanner was about to when my brother came down to the basement and started showing off on the drums. Tanner told me he’s been playing bass for eight years so we wrote the song “Midnight” late that night and the decision to start a band was finalized.

B: Previous to your self-titled demo, were there any other releases?

Joe: There were no other real releases except a four song demo that we handed out at NearFest 2010 which included Sunset, Pink, Midnight and Nostalgic Moment. These were all homemade, physical copies and were never released on the internet.

B: What was your first recording experience like?

Joe: A nightmare. First off, I had no clue what I was doing. I had just got my MacBook and Protools 8, both of which I had never used before. Also, I had never recorded music before and it took about a week experimenting to even figure out the most basic functions of Protools 8. It took us several months to record the album because we had to re-record some of the songs many times. I ran out of different tracks for “As the City…” because it was so long; It took hours to work around that problem. Tanner and Sam have very short attention spans and David showed up to practice rarely, so it was hard to get everyone together to record, especially while I was still trying to figure out HOW to record. Tanner and I would also get into very bitter arguments about stupid things, and I would give Sam crap for goofing off. All of these things put together made recording the full length a challenge. With the new studio recording, everything went smoothly because I knew what I was doing from what I have learned at Middle Tennessee State University, plus the experience I had from the full length.

B: I hear there’s a tour in the works. Can you give us any more information?

Joe: Yes, we are planning a tour for late June through early September with many different bands. We plan to play mostly on the east coast and eastern Canada. Some of the bands that we’ve are interested in playing shows with us next summer include Quantum Fantay (Belgium), Chiaroscuro (USA), Grizzly J. Berry (USA), Canyonsofstatic (USA), and CALLS (USA).

B: What was your first exposure to post-rock?

Joe: I was browsing eMusic‘s Top 100 of eMusic album list. Sigur Ros’s Agaetus Byrjun was on the list and the album cover caught my eye, so I downloaded the album and absolutely loved this ethereal sound coming out of my headphones. I went on to Progarchives and looked up their “top 25 post rock/math rock” list and discovered Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s “Lift Your Skinny Fists” and Explosions in the Sky’s “The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place. It kind of snowballed from there.

Sam hated post rock when I showed it to him, but I’ve been forcing him to listen to it for so long, he really loves it now.

Tanner: “Your Hand In Mine” [by Explosions In The Sky]

David: Slint, which I began listening to toward the end of my sophomore year of high school. the raw and neurotic aggression on Spiderland had a huge influence on my interest in post-rock. Also, the shoegaze band MBV, particularly their masterpiece Loveless, was a huge influence on my playing style.

B: What bands serve as inspirations to you?


Sunlight Ascending – These guys are also very young like us, and it’s comforting to know a band like us could actually take flight, dispute our age.

Nick Drake – His songs are hauntingly beautiful. Huge influence on us.

Talk Talk – Spirit of Eden is probably one of my favorite albums of all time. They are experimental rock pioneers.

Tanner: Led Zeppelin, Primus and many more.

David: Slint and My Bloody Valentine

Sam: Listening to Russian Circles and Porcupine Tree has change the way I play drums.

B: How difficult was it to build up a fan-base considering you guys are such a young and brand new band?

Joe: To be honest, having the fan base we do now was a complete surprise. Our album going viral on the internet helped a ton, and people started liking our music it seems.

Tanner: Kenny Eaton from Time Columns got us our first gig and the rest is thanks to Joe. While he was at college, he was pretty much just promoting us to everything that involved Post-Rock.

David: (insert sarcastic comment about how awesome we are)

B: Out of every song you’ve produced, which one has been your favorite one (to play/listen to)?

Joe: I really can’t choose one song that I like to listen to the most, but “As the City Quietly Sleeps…” is definitely the most exciting to play live. Especially the bigger “tapping” sections in the first half of the piece.

Tanner: Favorite to play, “Nostalgic Moment”. Its pretty simplistic and really easy for me to get in to.

David: :Nostalgic Moment”, and (although I may be biased because I wrote half of it) “Pink”.

B: Could we be seeing a new EP coming out anytime soon?

Joe: We do indeed! Until Sunrise will start working again in early may. We expect to release a four or five song EP around 30-40 minutes in length. Some of the material has already been written, and one song (The Elysian Fields) is already recorded.

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