It's not so often that you encounter buzz surrounding an instrumental band. Unfortunately, there are a lot of shallow music listeners out there who need vocals to appreciate a group. City Of The Sun, however, are a singer-less group good enough to harbor some understanding among circles that might otherwise pay no attention. They create beautiful, deep tracks with soaring melodies and contemplative instrumentation.
Two guitars and a cajon are all John Pita, Avi Snow and Zach Para need to usher listeners through exotic sonic locales and states of enhanced vibe sensitivity. The above video is a performance of "Second Sun" shot in the Panamanian jungle. Location aside, the South American influence is obvious, radiating triumphantly from the nylon strings of Avi Snow's guitar. Their songs almost invariably begin slow, welcoming you into their musical vehicle before taking off in high gear down scenic roads of aural exploration. Close your eyes during "Everything" (below), and you'll likely picture a lone merchant on an expansive Peruvian highway looking out into the horizon.
City Of The Sun became an entity in NYC circa 2010. Since then they've played out extensively at dope venues like The Mercury Lounge, The Bowery Electric, and Rockwood Music Hall, and accompanied artists like Matisyahu and Greensky Bluegrass. Now they've got their sights set on Austin, TX for their debut appearance at SXSW. These extremely talented musicians will be performing at the Baeble Music Day Party, so keep your eyes out for our exclusive concert capture coming soon after. The showcase is totally sold out, but don't fret, because you can score VIP access to this exclusive event here.
Pick up City Of The Sun's EP, Live At The Factory here, and check out our South By specific interview with the talented trio below:
Baeble Music: How many times have you been down to Austin for SXSW?
City of The Sun: This is our first trip to Austin actually. Really excited to dive in and experience it!
Who are you most excited to see play this year?
We might be too busy playing to see too many bands, but we're psyched to catch the line-up joining us at Baeble. That said, hopefully we'll make a few new discoveries and catch up with some bands we've been wanting to see for a while
Is there a place to visit, a food to eat, or a thing to do in Austin (besides the music) that you're really excited for? If so, what?
We keep hearing about Franklin BBQ... Maybe we'll hit that line and busk in hopes that somebody brings us some 'cue!