Just three months after the release of their debut EP, Wake Up the Neighbourhood, and two weeks into 2019, Barbadian pop-punk trio Sundown Superhero have been hard at work recording new music for an upcoming EP. The band shared behind-the-scenes photos of the recording process on their social media pages, revealing that six songs will be featured on the new EP and that they only had four days to record.
Sundown Superhero released their first single, “California Dime”, in April of last year, their first music video – for their single “Midnight Knock” – in July and their first EP in October. They also performed at AnimeKon IX: World of Wonder and the One Movement Invitational Skate Competition.
Zeitgeist spoke with the band about the new EP.
Why did you guys decide to work on not just new music, but a whole new EP so soon after having released your first one?
Emile Sabga (vocals, guitar): Our brains don’t turn off – we’re writing new music all the time. We knew we had enough material for another EP with a more progressive and more mature sound. We’ve also been working closely with LA-based producer, Jordon Silva, and local studio owner, Scott Weatherhead of Pavilion Studios to make this project happen. The stars aligned, we saw an opportunity to push our creative limits and we took it. We hope to release the new EP at the beginning of the summer.
Why did you have only four days to record the EP?
Philip Norville (drums): Unfortunately the time we have with Emile is limited, so we have to be as efficient as possible whenever he’s here. We knew 4 days to finish the EP was a stretch, even after completing weeks of preproduction, but we somehow managed to pull it off with just minutes to spare. 6 songs completed in 4 days! And we couldn’t have done it without Jordy, our source of motivation and inappropriate jokes.
Are the songs on the new EP like the songs from Wake Up in that they were songs you wrote years ago, are they songs that didn’t make Wake Up or are they entirely new songs?
Craig Haniff (lyrics, bass, vocals): All the songs that’ll be featured on this new EP are actually all relatively new songs. Before, and after, WUTN [Wake Up The Neighbourhood] was released we continued our writing process and it turned out that the new batch of songs all had the same musical energy and lyrical theme. So, we decided to put ’em on a new record that we all felt in our soul would be the perfect follow up to WUTN.
How was 2018 for the band and what are your goals for this year?
Emile: 2018 was a monumental year for our band. For those who know us, we’ve been playing together for many years but we finally decided to take the plunge in 2018, and really give this thing a shot. The response was unlike anything we could have possibly expected, and it drives us every day to be better. We have big plans for 2019! Apart from releasing our new EP, we hope to play as many live shows as we can, both locally and overseas, and continue to build a community around this genre on the island.