Sons Et Al are a Melbourne based indie band. They’ve re-emerged into the scene newly reincarnated and they haven’t disappointed. Touring all over Australia with their melodic sound and groovy riffs they’ve gathered a strong following that continues to grow by the minute. Hot off their latest EP, their single “See Me Run” has taken over the radio waves by storm. We had a chance to sit down with Nick, Kyle, Carey and Sam after one of their rehearsals to chat about their new album and the life of being on the road.
Icon Brand: Why the name Sons Et Al?
Sons Et Al: We decided to be called Sons because the name had a solid ring to it. We added “Et Al.” which means ‘and others’. It kind of stuck and it works for us. It can mean ‘everybody’, ‘Sons & daughters’, ‘other people’ or whatever you want it to mean really.
How’s the creative process for you guys when writing and creating music?
Sometimes someone will come in and have a song that’s fully written and constructed or some chords and everyone else adds their bit. Other times someone will be playing something random while everyone else is at the back and then everyone else walks in and starts adding stuff and it kind of happens organically. It usually starts off with a riff or a verse and goes from there.
You guys have started to tour a lot recently, what that been like for you as opposed to working in studio?
I think a lot of musicians either love playing live or love playing in studio. Some people love to have the solace in the studio. Other love the energetic nature of playing live. Although we always try to keep the live element in mind when we’re recording. Which is the case particularly with the last EP where we were able to recreate the sounds live. But the feel is polar opposites you either love playing live or love playing in studio.
Are you guys more of a studio band or a live band?
The energy is very different live and we love playing live! It’s the before and after that becomes a blur. It would be awesome if we had roadies! They could help us set up your gear and stuff.
Who are your influences musically?
Carey: If we had to narrow it down, musically as a band for us, Crowded House would be the common thread maybe added with some sprinkles of The National. Sam: For song writing perspective it almost happens subconsciously you can hear the roots from them. But stylistically, it comes from various sources.
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