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Homegrown band gets ready to launch debut album in Kamloops

Mother Sun is a band made up of four members all from Kamloops. They recently performed for the first time live last month and are getting ready to launch an album for sometime next year.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Emilio Pagnotta
June 13, 2018 - 8:00 PM

KAMLOOPS - They've all been playing music for years in different bands, but now four musicians from Kamloops have started a new band together and it's starting to take off. 

The psychedelic-pop band Mother Sun is preparing to launch a ten-single album later this year and performed their first show last month.

The band's lead vocalist and guitar player Jared Doherty says they all met playing for separate bands and officially came together six months ago. Doherty and guitar player Emilio Pagnotta started to write songs together before the band's drummer Jared Wilman and bass player Alex Ward joined.

“We just kind of all jelled together,” Doherty says, adding that Wilman and Ward had performed jazz music together before. "We are all heavily invested in music."

He says their music crosses several genres crossing the lines between pop, folk, jazz and psychedelic.

"We just like lots of different styles," he says.

The band members, who are all in their early to mid-20s, have been signed to the Kamloops record publishing label Factotum. They have released two singles and are looking to release a total of ten songs by the end of this year. 

The group has been working closely with a Vancouver-based producer Felix Fung known for his work with several bands in the Lower Mainland.

"We have five songs recorded so far," Doherty says, with two of them already released on iTunes and Spotify. They eventually would like to go on tour.

With so much happening quickly, they've noticed how busy their days have become.

"We all work and have full schedules and three of us have girlfriends now too, so we are trying to work on budgeting our time well," Doherty says. 

When it comes to where they get their inspiration for their unique sound, the group says they look up to other Canadian musicians such as Dan Mangan, The Bahamas and Neil Young.

To check out more of Mother Sun's music, go here.

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