Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
Raul. We are No Sun In San Francisco, a metal-something band quintet from Lausanne, Switzerland. We just released our first full-length album intitled Principles And Particles.
2.how would you describe your musical sound?
R. Well, it’s definitely metal, as far as distorted guitars, growled vocals and fast drums are very much present throughout our songs but we try to not put any limits in wether we should sound like some kind of precise metal sub-genre. It's definately heavy !
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
R. For Principles And Particles the lyrics have been written by every member of the band. Each song is a short story including some fictional characters. These stories, characters or places are metaphorical texts about larger topics or just general thoughts about life, nature, science... There is a project about releasing the lyrics with some drawings illustrating the stories of Principles And Particles but we don't know yet when it is going to be out and how. (like our facebook page to have all the updates :)
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
R. The band name is really just a random combination of words we ended up putting together after endless discussions about what it should be.
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
R. If we can’t stand up after we played it’s a sign that we did a good show. The best shows we had were on really small stages (or no stage at all) with a full house and sweat dripping down the walls.
6.Do you have any touring plans for the future?
R. We plan on touring Switzerland, France and wherever people want us to play. We are currently working on it and we hope it will be possible this Fall.
7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your album by music fans?
R. The album has just been released so we have very little feedback yet. But what we heard until now was really positive and we are looking forward receiving some reviews from all around the world. Actually our singer comes from Chile, so we have a nice crowd in south america supporting us too.
8.Are there any other musical projects besides this band or is this a full time line up?
R. I also play in Kruger (www.kruger.ch) and in The View Electrical (www.facebook.com/theviewelectrical).
9.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
R. It will be more straight forward, less riffing and more violent. It’s a secret but I’ll tell you anyways : we are already working on it and you should be able to hear some news stuff before you’d except it.
10.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
R. We’ve always been very open minded about music and genres. I think the most prominent influences that we have go from Neurosis to Converge including Breach and Isis. But really, we listen to A LOT of different music and they all influence us in some kind of way at the end I think. We are also influenced by some « big brothers » here in Switzerland. Bands like Abraham or Coilguns, who are really putting out great records, touring outside Switzerland and having awesome feedback from all around the world make you really want to work harder and somehow follow their tracks. Because we know that at some point they were as young and stupid as we are now.
11.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
R. I’m a graphic designer and I like to build all kinds of stuff. I don't know what the other dudes do though, I try to avoid them outside rehearsals or shows, in fact I hate them.
12.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
R. Stop complaining and make it better.