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Beneath the Burning Sun

btbsTom Smalling-drums

Eliot Lundemo-guitar

Kyle Crank-guitar

Mike Morrell-bass

Sean Story-vocals

AFRESH: How did the band get the name?
In our dealings with many people that thought they were better than everyone else, we went
with this name to create more of a common ground because we are all beneath the burning sun.

AFRESH: How would you describe your music to the public if they have never heard you before? High energy, emotionally driven, and captivating.better to be heard than explained.

AFRESH: Give some details about the group. We range in ages btw 20 and 31. we are hard working, very driven, and somewhat perfectionists.

AFRESH: How long have you been performing live?
Sean- 15 years
Tom-10 years
Kyle and Eliot-5 years
Mike- 3 years
as a band 3 years.

AFRESH: How did everyone meet, and where are you all now? Kyle and Eliot met through a mutual friend that had started a band previously.  They then met mike through a former vocalist. The band that those 3 had together,had
problems with their drummer and vocalist, and then wound up picking up Tom, and Sean.

AFRESH: What has been the biggest challenge as a group?
Making our first EP “This Enemy Called Pride”.  We recorded ourselves in Sean’s house, and throughout the recording process, and mixing process, we all ended up getting frustrated with each other and the situation.  But we wound up with a finished project, that has been able to carry us for the past 2 years.

AFRESH: You’ve heard of the term, “starving artist,” how do we as a band cope with major obstacles?
In relation to money, a lot of budgeting, and sacrifice, goes into keeping this entity alive.

AFRESH: Do you feel the economic crunch has hurt the industry? or do you have some other promotional tips to help support your music? Pretty much everything is online now, it changes the way you have to promote your own music. As far as shopping labels goes, its easier for the label if you’ve already got a completed product to sell. And they don’t have to dump money into you, to get money out of you.

AFRESH: What advice do you have for the youth of today? Strive to do what you want to do, and don’t let anyone hold you back.

AFRESH: What does your family think of your performance? And do they support you? We probably have the most supportive families, of anyone we know in other bands.

AFRESH: What is your stance on how to get the public to support live music and come see your shows? In this generation of video games, and everything being on demand, we are more “connected” but have never been more alone. going out and supporting local music is a good way to not only to support friends, but meet new people who might share the same interest as you.

AFRESH: Do you have your own favorite type of music? And is it different from what you play? The music we listen to varies a lot from what we play in the band. From person to person, we listen to everything from country, to rock, to rap, to techno.

AFRESH: What has been your strong influence to continue our performance? We love the reaction out people, showing us how much they love something we created and performed. The energy gives us fuel to do it again.

AFRESH: Does anyone in particular influence your music? Within the band we all constantly influence each other and outside of the band, we draw our influence from the many types of music we listen to and situations we go through.

AFRESH: Who does most of the song writing? We all write lyrics. The instruments, start with El and Kyle. Then Tom adds his part and Mike adds his. And then finally we add the vocal melody.

AFRESH: If you had to change one thing about your music,or group what do you feel would be the best change to benefit the group overall and why? This is the best group of guys any of us has worked with, and there is absolutely nothing we would change about our group or music.

AFRESH: What is your wildest story with this group?
We played in Caney, KS with another band named “Ashamed.” And we were heckled while on stage, and had more fun partying at the hotel after the show, than playing the show. We stayed in a small motel during hunting season and were up til 5 am drinking and caused a lot of complaints to the motel staff.

AFRESH: What has been the worst nightmare that you have faced as a band? Every show where we find ourselves playing in front of family and a couple of friends and then having technical difficulties is like a miniature nightmare for us. But we realize where we are as a band, and don’t let things like that get to us. We push on, and hope that the next show will go better.

AFRESH: What are your up-to-date performances and new releases, tours, news? We just finished recording our first full length album and have been getting shows at a more constant rate than ever. We are planning to continue playing shows and hopefully beginning to shop record labels in the near future.

AFRESH:. If you could perform with anyone in world, dead or alive, who would it be? Why? Kyle & Eliot; Parkway Drive, because we strive to have such sweet riffage as they do. Mike; Primus, because Les Claypool is one of the greatest bass players of all time. Tom & Sean; Tool, because each of those guys is one of the most talented in the world at what they do.

AFRESH: What is the furthest show from your home? The aforementioned Caney, KS show.

AFRESH: How do you feel about file swapping? Tom; Is that where you go to a party and put your files in a bowl and grab a file at random, and go home with that person?  Sean; In today’s society, its more accepted, but can be dangerous if you don’t use protection.

AFRESH: Have you been involved in any benefit performances? What were they? We played a benefit show that our good friends from Perpetual Fist put on to help Tom raise money to cover the cost of his mom’s funeral expenses. There was an amazing turnout and we have plans for many more charity/benefit concerts in the near future.

AFRESH: Is this your first interview, or do you have some other stories or articles for public viewing? We have been featured by Jiggy Jag Tv, and have been featured in the local newspaper and are currently in works for an interview with a Metal Magazine.

AFRESH: Do you have any video links where people can see you?
Yes, and

Thank you for your interest in our group, we had fun with this interview.

AFRESH:  Thanks for the awesome interview.  We wish you the best and much success on your musical journey!

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