Scotland’s Own Sunstinger Shines Bright with ‘Endless June

ne.” Their latest comeback single ‘Dead for you’ from last year was a huge success and here they go already enchancing our senses once more.

In “Endless June” the band represents its signature shoegaze-inspired style in a sound richness and euphoric listening. With glistening textures, ethereal soundscapes, and interwoven vocals the track features Linea Aperta’s ability to create anthem-worthy sonic landscapes.

Despite a more calmer Sunstinger than the norm for these past months, ‘Endless June’ shows that this band are brimming with alot of new and intriguing ideas. The song is then concerned with the concept of finding solace in one’s own misery rather than accepting someone else’s definition for happiness, Taylor Wright narrates elsewhere.

Originally from Dunfermline, Scotland, Sunstinger has made a mark for itself through its distinctive post-shoegaze sound that produces stunning singles and the band’s debut EP titled “Beyond the Frame” in 2021. With the beginning of 2024, with “Endless June”, which serves as a layer to their new EP titled “Worthless”, Sunstinger is set to charm its listeners again, however under his own unique take on guitar-driven music. So, keep watching for an intriguing journey into the world of the Sunstinger’s celestial soundscape.

Listen to Endless June below

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Is there a story behind your stage name?
Theres no exciting story behind the band name unfortunately. Taylor (lead vocal/guitar) suggested it at one of our first rehearsals and it’s been with us ever since.

Where do you find inspiration?
As a band, we’re into a massive variety of music and I think that comes through in our songwriting and production. Most recently we’ve found inspiration in a new wave of American post-shoegaze bands.

What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
I remember hearing the Beatles when I was really young and being mesmerised by it, it took me another 10 years to pick up an instrument but that feeling of hearing something new for the first time and connecting with it instantly has never gone away.

Are you from a musical or artistic family?
Not particularly, none of my immediate family play any instruments or anything like that.

Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
When I was a teenager it was a desire to avoid getting a real job. Now that I’m a bit older I’ve realised that having some sort of creative output is essential in keeping me happy and sane.

How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
Mostly by ear, listening to songs that I found interesting and figuring them out. Sometimes a bit of a slow, painful process but seems to have worked out ok.

What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
I think it was Blink-182 in Glasgow when I was about 14. Funnily enough every memeber of Sunstinger is going to see them again this year in the venue next door.

How could you describe your music?
Atmospheric, honest, very loud.

Describe your creative process.
Songs come from a variety of places, either someone coming in with an idea or something coming out of us messing about when we’re rehearsing. Once the ideas fleshed out and everyone’s happy with it we’ll record a demo and fine tune everything, then on to record it in the studio. We try and demo a few songs a month. Some make it , some don’t.

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Songs come from a variety of places, either someone coming in with an idea or something coming out of us messing about when we’re rehearsing.

What musician do you admire most and why?
This one’s probably really obvious, but Paul McCartney has to be up there. Amazing songwriter and some of the most perfect bass lines ever written.

Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
In the early days Sunstinger were heavily influenced by post punk, which progressed into a sound that was a little closer to Shoegaze bands from the 80s and 90s. Our next EP definitely fits into the current Shoegaze revival, but I think some of our earlier influences have carried through everything we’ve released to some extent.

Dave McCulloch baca me a member of Sunstinger just over a year ago. He comes from a hardcore background. He has a certain way of writing that has really influenced the new material. It’s a merge of a few different genres.

Who do you see as your main competitor?
I don’t, art isn’t a competition. Everyone has different influences, goals, opportunities and responsibilities, comparing yourself against other people in vaguely similar situations to yourself isn’t healthy. In my mind, this is true in both art and real life.

What are your interests outside of music?
Clothes, music… that’s all we’ve got.

If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
As we’re unsigned and fully self funded we’re all in full time careers. I won’t bore you with the details of what we all do outside of music, but we’d all much rather be making music full time.

What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
I think in the begging it was pretty difficult not being from one of the big city’s. I reckon if we were from Glasgow things would have been easier for us in the early days. Because we are from a small city we need to work a little bit harder to get our name out there.

If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
Music streaming platforms, they’ve been great for democratising music and helping artists reach audiences they otherwise wouldn’t have, but the amount of money artists make from streams is offensive.

Why did you chose this as the title of your music project?
The song was was titled ‘End of June’ as we put the demo down at the end of June last year. It kind of just stuck as the title. Taylor suggested changing it to ‘Endless June’ confident it sounded pretty cool. The lyrics were then written around the title of the song about three days before the actual recording. I’m pretty sure he was still writing them while doing the actual vocal takes. Sometimes it just works out that way…

What are your plans for the coming months?
We’ve just released Endless June, the first single from our second EP, which is called Worthless. We’ll be releasing another single from the EP shortly, then the full release of the EP after that.

What message would you like to give to your fans?
Thanks for always supporting us, coming to shows, buying merch. It all plays a part in allowing us to continue doing this.

Mister Styx
Mister Styx
My name is Mister Styx and I'm a music blogger and an HVAC Engineer. I'm passionate about all kinds of music, from rock to hip-hop, Jazz, and Reggae as a matter of fact I am always eager to hear new sounds as music has no barrier, and I'm always looking for new sounds to explore. Hop on lets go fetch for some new sounds!

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