Sam Golden: vocals, guitar
Seth Vietti: drums, vocals
Bob Hanshaw: bass, vocals, guitar
Evan Casler: guitar, vocals, percussion, bass
Laura Kepner-Adney: keyboard, guitar, percussion, vocals
Sun Bones is an indie "chamber punk" band based in Tucson, AZ, making a name for themselves with intricate, soaring five-part harmonies and a quirky, energetic live show.
The band consists of four men and one woman with plenty of classical training between them. Guitarist Sam Golden spent a lifetime studying violin and ended up with a degree in music composition. Bassist Bob Hanshaw and guitar/percussion player Evan Casler grew up singing in various choirs, and indeed met in choir at college, where Casler trained as an operatic baritone and Hanshaw also studied composition. Drummer Seth Vietti is also a pianist and orchestral percussionist. All of them sing in this band. Guitarist and keyboardist Laura Kepner-Adney trained at Oberlin Conservatory, and just concluded seven years in Arizona's award-winning vocal group Silver Thread Trio. And in addition to being Sun Bones, they all perform in (or direct) a variety of choirs and instrumental ensembles around Tucson.
The quintet manage to subvert all this formal training into nimble, refreshingly unpretentious indie rock. From cheeky pop melodies to complex rhythmic and contrapuntal interplay; from noise to driving chords to whispering acoustic guitar, they cover a broad territory -- always coming back home to the vibrant sounds of their city, which is currently undergoing something of a musical renaissance.
"Their relentless touring, songwriting and recording pace, and just a single minded pursuit of shattering limits... find them in a state of perpetual and speedy growth. At this point, Sun Bones has already moved on by the time you can catch up with them. [...] It's a wise decision to catch Sun Bones at every step, as this is a band with no endpoint, only movement."
- Phoenix New Times, 7/11/2014
"The group's visceral interaction with its audience gives Sun Bones an admirable edge over the competition by tempering the deeply passionate music with a deeply passionate commitment to fun."
- TourWorthy, 7/3/2014
"Dramatic and carefully structured vocals... thoughtful song construction... Sun Bones delivers, steeped in reflection and rich in lyrical and sonic imagery."
- YabYum Music and Arts, 6/11/2014
"Musicians' favorites Sun Bones... [are] a classically trained ensemble[.] The band has a complex, 21st century sound that could have evolved, in part, from Talking Heads and They Might Be Giants. It's geek-friendly, but the fun is for everyone."
- TourWorthy, 5/21/2014
"Fusion of rock and electro-folk, cool harmony vocals and songs built on imaginative arrangements..."
- MySanAntonio.com High Notes, 1/2/2014
"Sun Bones were on fire in this performance... the band's controlled dynamics exploded at exactly the right moment."
- Tucson Weekly, 1/2/2014
"[They] built a reputation on the downtown-venue circuit... stylistically diverse."
- Arizona Daily Star, 12/5/2013
"Sophisticated vocal melody and off-kilter timing." "Pithy."
- Tucson Weekly, 12/5/2013
"They have great songs and an interesting musical approach... extremely impressive."
- Tucson Weekly, 8/8/2013
"The foursome [work] themselves into a frenzied space where they seem to be possessed by the music. ...Pitch-perfect four-part harmonies."
- Phoenix New Times, 7/3/2013
"There is a breathless creative energy to Sun Bones, who appear to have so much to say and so little time to say it."
- Henley Edition (blog), 6/10/2013
"Sun Bones pull it off with killer chops and a charming, devilish attitude"
- Tucson Weekly, 6/6/2013
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