Having had our faces entirely melted by Sons of Huns' epic set at the PALS Payback Party, we knew this was a band we wanted to record as soon as possible. Good news! They'll be tracked before a live audience, in secret, later this month. To get you ready for the set, Sons of Huns drummer Ryan Northrop answered our questions about the band via email.
Banana Stand: How long has the band been together in its current form? How did it come together?
Ryan Northrop: We've been a band for roughly 2 years, got started in the fall of 2009. Peter and Shoki were already great friends as they were roommates in college at Willamette University in Salem. I had played in an Indie/Pop act called Patterns with Shoki and a few others for a couple of years as well. Shoki also played drums in a band with Peter called The Awful Din and I saw their last show at the Tonic. I really dug Peter's playing and asked him if he'd be interested in starting a band. Things went from there, we wrote songs real quick and put the EP together which we have available today.
BS: How would you describe your sound? What are your key influences?
RN: We're influenced by all things rock. When we met and talked about what we wanted to hone our sound into, one band came to mind: The Sonics. We love the energy of that great NW rock band, so we tried to capture that the best we could, but we're also influenced by blues and metal. Peter grew up playing not only classical pieces but practicing to Tony Iommi's (of Black Sabbath) solos. We wanted to produce something unrelenting in sound but also accessible to folks. I think that we cover such a wide spectrum of rock influences that we offer a little something to everyone.
BS: Tell us your thoughts about recording live. What makes you interested in recording live at the 'Stand?
RN: We really enjoy the pressures of recording live. I think it's a great way for the artist to stay mindful of the fact that not only are they entertaining a crowd, but doing it with precession. I believe we're a great live band, and we're excited to record at the Banana Stand because of the engineering quality of the previous recordings really showcased that awesome energy of a live performance.
BS: What's your favorite memory of a live show? Least favorite?
RN: Me personally, I love it when bands crush on stage. I recently saw one of my favorite metal bands, Saviours, crush it and everyone in the band was locked in. The energy erupts when a great band is setting shit on fire. There's so many great bands in this town and even ones that come through so the guys and I try to see as much live music as possible. The times where I don't enjoy a live show is when the sound is shitty in the venue, or the band is getting distracted by the crowd, etc.
BS: What are your favorite live albums?
RN: I don't if they made it into an album but on YouTube one can watch Black Sabbath's entire 1970 live performance in Paris. Amazing.
BS: What other projects are you all involved with?
RN: We're all primarily focused on this project. No one has any outside projects at this time.
BS: What are you working on lately?
RN: We entered the studio to record a 7″ at PermaPress Studios to work with Pat Kearns of Blue Skies and Black Hearts. He did the mixing and mastering on our EP and we're pretty excited to work with him again. We're pretty much set with shows till February, so we couldn't be happier about that.
Thanks a ton to Ryan for participating in our interview. Sons of Huns is Ryan, Peter Hughes and Shoki Tanabe. They're recording live at the 'Stand, in secret, later this month.
The header image for this post was shot by William Bragg — williambragg.com.
The mid-page image, which is one of the most awesome things I've ever seen, was done by Takako Shinozaki.