When you’re a band that lives and breathes playing live gigs in Melbourne, 2020 no doubt would have taken a toll on you, especially if you had new music to release! However, Sun Traitors used this time to feed their creativity by dropping their Dark Matter EP (our review here), making music videos and getting their name out there a bit more.
Take a look back at the year that was for vocalist/guitarist Jim Charlemagne with his Year In Review…
TOP 5 RELEASES OF 2020?
5 – Walk The Sky – Alter Bridge
4 – Gigaton – Pearl Jam
3 – Ordinary Man – Ozzy Ozbourne
2 – Medium Rarities – Mastodon
1 – Quadra – Sepultura
TOP 5 SONGS OF 2020?
5 – ‘Banging In Your Stereo’ – Massive Wagons
4 – ‘Late Night Bottle Run’ – Rattleback
3 – ‘Flowers On A Grave’ – Bush
2 – ‘Tally Ho’ – Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
1 – ‘Means To An End’ – Sepultura
BEST MUSIC VIDEO OF 2020?
Well that would have to be our homemade clip for our last single ‘Down to the Wire’ – nothing like a montage of live clips and a bit of stop motion.
LAST GIG YOU PLAYED BEFORE COVID?
March 17th at Whole Lotta Love in Brunswick – I remember 1 dude came in wearing a face mask before it all went crazy…thought he was taking it a bit too far…whoops!
HOW DID COVID AFFECT YOU/YOUR BAND?
Not being able to play gigs right after releasing singles and the EP was a bit of a let down as well as having to delay everything and changing our release plan entirely. On the other hand, everyone has been more connected than ever on social media and that allowed us to reach a wider audience.
BIGGEST THING YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOURSELF IN 2020?
Learn to adapt and if the plan works then great! If it doesn’t then learn from it and move on, always have a few options up your sleeve and be open to suggestions from others, and once you make a decision, then go all in!
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2021?
Getting back on the stage! And recording all the stuff we came up with during lockdown…we are looking forward to translating the highs and the lows of the past 12 months into a visceral audio experience for everyone out there.
Words by Jim Charlemagne. Insta: @getalongjimcharlemagne