A Band Called Sun began life in the hazy summer of 1995 in Acton, west London, with a mission to play bad ass funk and dub reggae. Comprising of guitarist Robin Harvey, bassman Aaron Hillier and drummer Matt Falconer, the trio rehearsed in North Acton and got their first gigs in Tulse Hill and Brixton.
Moving back to their native east Kent they began gigging extensively. Following a chance meeting on Whitstable beach in the summer of 1996, they were joined by skratcher and fellow bass head Matt Smyth (DJ Fingz) on turntables. The group developed an enthusiastic following, packing venues across Kent and generally having a debauched time.
In 1997 Tracy Sullivan joined the group as lead singer and the band recorded their first album Voodoo Rising. The band enjoyed a boom and went on to play a succession of festivals across the country. In 1999 they recorded their Blind Man EP, on their own Bad Vibes imprint and continued to gig extensively around the south east.
Sun then embarked on a period of writing music for stage and film, including an unusual adaptation of Marlow's Dr Faustus and the classic films Nosferatu, Metropolis and Phantom of the Opera, resulting in rave reviews, fights, scandal and singer Tracy Sullivan leaving to pursue a career as a singer/song writer and moving to Brighton!
The band carried on as a four piece and wrote and performed for several specially commissioned pieces by local arts companies. During this time the band recorded another LP and an EP and their gigging to them as far as the Czech republic.
Robin and Matt spent their time working on various solo projects, with Robin travelling to Brazil to perform the music for a play he had written and playing lead guitar on a recording by Hugh Hopper (formerly Soft Machine) of Old Chrome Moon. Robin has now relocated to the south east of Ireland to run a music school and performs ocassionally at local at music events and festivals.
Matt went onto work full time as an engineer/producer and working as part of the Soundmakers team, who recently had a release with UK legend MC Mell O.
Matt has also been performing as Part of the Dekwork crew and has recently performed in collaborations with Mark Sanders and Robert Jarvis. Matt now makes beats under the pseudonym The Assembly Worker and manages Assembly Line Studios, Ramsgate Kent. For more information check out www.myspace.com/assemblylinemusic