Sunstreets are a Southampton based melodic rock band who we’ve only been aware of for a few weeks, but wish we’d know about for longer. Being the perfect time to catch up with the band in the run up to Icebreaker Festival, we spoke to the band about writing music, gigging and the future!
Featured image by Hush Photography.
Hi there! Firstly, so that our readers can know a bit more about you, please introduce Sunstreets:
Hi, we’re a 4-piece pop/rock band from Southampton made up of Lisa Vibert (lead vocals/songwriter/guitar), Matt Cook (lead guitar), Jamie Rendall (backing vocals/bass) and Sam Turner (drums).
We’re yet to catch you live but are hoping to see you at Icebreaker Festival this year. For anyone, like ourselves, who are yet to see you live, how would you describe a Sunstreets gig?
As a mainly rock influenced band, our sets are filled with plenty of guitar driven songs with strong riffs. We mix this with an acoustic rhythm guitar to create a softer feel, alongside female vocals. All our songs have strong lyrical meaning in amongst our musical sound, as we take inspiration from our influences which range from the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon to Stereophonics and The Killers.
What was the spark that originally encouraged you to start creating music as a band?
It all started out as a solo project for Lisa using the name Sunstreets as an artist name with the aim of building a band around this. Over the past year and a half the band has been pieced together with Matt being the last piece of the puzzle almost a year ago now. (Lisa) My goal was to write as much as possible, build up the band I’d always wanted and find musicians who also had the same overall goal. I’ve been lucky enough to find a very nice bunch of guys to work with who know what sound I’m after, who share the same musical aspirations as myself and ultimately enjoy the music we play.
What would you say is the most rewarding thing about writing music is?
(Lisa) I write all of our songs and all of which have their own story and meaning and each represent something to me. I find that lyrics are what connect you to your audience, and in growing up my influences that have impacted my life have been the very reason I wanted to pursue music as a career. I try not to write songs too specific or give too much away as to what they’re about as otherwise people won’t have their own personal connection to a song. Songs can mean so many different things to different people and I’d like to hope that my songs can help/give comfort to people from any walk of life regardless of their circumstances, and to me that is the most rewarding thing.
Finally, have you got anything to share regarding upcoming gigs and what have you got planned for 2018?
Well, Icebreaker is our first ever festival so we’re very excited to be playing it! But this year, our main aim is to gig as much as we can around the local area, hopefully play some more festivals and just get our name around and show people who we are and what we do! We’re just excited to be playing music and meeting new people! We’ve been working on lots of new material so our sets will be filled with this and may even bring another single this year.
We’d like to thank Sunstreets very much for their time! You can listen to their music below via Spotify or follow them on social media via the links below. You can also catch Sunstreets at Icebreaker Festival on Saturday 3rd February at 15:15 at the Wine Vaults Stage 1.