Photo by Chloe Aftel
San Francisco’s psych-rockers Sleepy Sun bring blown-out riffage, prickly vocals, and a tight-as-hell rhythm section into pure rock music, standing tall and trampling those under foot. Lead vocalist Bret Constantino spoke with Encor.es about the band’s approach to self-expression, transcendence, and cohesive album aesthetics.
Thanks so much for taking the time to chat. Let’s start with a pretty broad question — to what extent has your musical style influenced your band’s image, or vice versa?
Everyone in the band has their own way of expressing himself through their own image. There is no conscious effort as a band to appear in the style of the music. This is a band of individuals who each express themselves differently, which is what I believe makes the music original.
Do you feel like your music and image are codependent or independent?
Image is a not a product of music. Disappointedly, many people are unable to see past the image of the performers, which often means rejection, only to be recognized posthumously.