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Comprised of graphic artist Andy Scott, audio engineer Tommy Hazerian, and tv/film lighting technician Greg Capp, this Los Angeles trio applies their professional backgrounds to form the heart of 1000 Suns. Inspired by the drama and experimental nature of instrumental music, the use of effects pedals, samples and electronic instruments play a major role in the band's sound. Andy plays guitar and creates the visual imagery associated with 1000 Suns. Tommy handles the bass and synth arrangements in addition to the core recording and mixing out of his GhostNote Studio. Greg, the drummer, applies his production and lighting expertise to the band's video material and photo shoots. The ability to handle all of the creative aspects allows them focus their talents on the bigger picture, with greater control over artistic concepts from beginning to end.
2012 yielded The Spirit Molecule, drums were recorded at Berkeley Street Studio in Santa Monica, CA by Brandon Duncan (The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Ziggy Marley) while the remainder of the album was tracked and mixed at GhostNote Studio. The album contains a variety of melodic motifs, haunting soundscapes, and heavy grooves, at times manifesting the influences of Pink Floyd as well as Tool. Its arrangements have more in common with classical music than it is to pop, introducing a melody, building upon it, then exploiting it to climax. The songs take the listener on a journey, while remaining surprisingly minimalistic.
The Body The Mind found light of day in 2014 after returning to Berkeley Street with Mr. Duncan and shadowing the process of returning to GhostNote to complete the tracking. Now one album wiser and with material that had outgrown the confines of The Spirit Molecule, the new songs incorporated more stylistic variety. Ranging from moody mellow pieces and surreal transitional montages to epic and heavy riff bashing, the album delves further into intricate arrangements and lush effects. A loose concept piece, it explores visual and conceptual themes of division, polarity, and contrast.
On the horizon, 1000 Suns is busy writing new material for their third album as well as creating scores for a film project, webisodes and a tv pilot. The band is looking forward to a west coast tour for the spring of 2015 and are currently playing shows in the Southern California area.