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Music[AMA] Hi, we're Hail The Sun - ask us anything!

Nov 12th 2016 by donovan_hts • 25 Questions • 174 Points

We are a band from Chico, CA. We are signed to Equal Vision Records and currently have 4 albums out, the latest being Culture Scars.

https://www.facebook.com/hailthesun/

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Oh I'm totally aware! I just happen to live on the complete opposite side of the United States! Very excited for yet very jealous of all the fans that get to attend the event!

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Thank you for your continued support! Not sure if we wil ever tour Wake in it's entirety in near future, but hope to see you at as many shows as possible! And we will always play some Wake songs!


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Hey, just wondering in your opinion who the best record label in the world is? Asking for a friend...

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hahah <3 I think you already know the answer to that question #donovanmelerorecords #loveyou


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If you do, I'm sure all of the Swans would flock to it the second you'd announce it! Keeping my fingers crossed for that tab book then. Thanks Shane!

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Hello! Thank you again for the support!

Hanging revelation is about Fear Tactics and how masses of people let it brainwash them, justifying horrible crimes. It uses the Salem Witch Trials as a metaphor for this. You can also use the current state of affairs, with Americans being afraid of Immigrants, or Islamophobia. It's all history repeating itself, and people not speaking up to help their fellow, innocent, comrades.

Cosmic Narcissism is about how small we truly are in this vast universe.

I have had a fear of car crashes, especially with how much I travel.

Thank you again!


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Hey don! Just wanted to know as someone who also drums and can sing, what do you preffer? Front man or drum/front man at shows? Also. How the hell do you sing and beat to two very different rythems? You are an absolut mad man!

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thank you! I really like being in the front, but I do also love to drum. Not sure I could ever pick one over the other. I like the way its set up now!


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I agree with that. I love watching both aspects of the show.

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:)


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I just want to second that, please come to the UK, Wales in particular. Plenty will come see you, Dance Gavin Dance are playing Cardiff and Bristol and both gigs are close to sold out I think.

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We would love to come there asap!


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Hey! Big fan of you guys! I don't know if this counts but I had a dream that involved a HTS show the other night haha. I met Donovan back behind the venue and asked you to sign an acoustic guitar I had with me for some reason. You drew a gigantic smiley face on the front and signed the back. I guess my question is could you do that in real life for me?

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sure! See you at a show! Thank you!


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Do you guys plan on releasing your cover art from "wake" and "cultural scars" as posters?

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Definitely! We have had Wake up before, but posters for culture scars coming next!


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Hey Donnie! I really love your singing work! What tips would you give to a beginner singer and guitarist?

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Thank you so much! Practice and do warmups! Try to sing songs that you like and songs you don't, just challenge yourself. Always warm up first though. ;)


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Hi guys! Huge fan from Orlando. :)

I've been dying to know, whats the meaning behind Disappearing Syndrome?

Everytime I hear it, it makes me think of that eerie story about this girl that was last seen in this incredibly weird and creepy elevator surveillance footage, disappeared and was found in a water tower and hotel staff were getting complaints of "the water tasting funny." cringe Probably irrelevant but thought I'd share anyway, haha.

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PS love Orlando!


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hey guys!!! what did you guys grow up listening to? favorite band?? artist?? love you guys btw I'm excited to see y'all in Los Angeles :-)

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all below! :) Thank you!!


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Hey you guys. Just wanted to stop by and show my love. <3 This post requires me to write a question to post, though, so: What's the most critical thing you can do to broaden the release of a new album? New Sea In The Sky stuff is coming early 2017 and we're trying to do it right.

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yo Sam! Thank you again for the love and that At The Drive In hookup!!!! Hmmm, make sure that you have marketting $ in order to buy ads on FB, and boost posts. And have shows lined up so you can sell on the road, report to sounscan with AtVenu, and get some good first week numbers!


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Do you guys plan on releasing a anniversary version of "wake" like you did with your old album "pow right in the kisser" with the signed poster and cd?

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Maybe in a few years!


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Love you guys and have seen you at almost every opportunity I have had around the Nor Cal area. My question is what is the best experience you have all had in Chico? Also when will we get another hometown show?

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Ahhh Chico! I always get a warm feeling when I think about it. Best experience were feelings the seasons, especially Winter. Man it gets cold there, but the whole community is into the Christmas vibe!

I hope to play a show there again next year!


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who decides when it's our turn to go?

also Donny I love you.

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;) <3!


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i would love to work in a brewery!

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Police man or politician


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Yoo! I saw you guys in Eagle Aerie Hall in Henderson LV NV and awhile ago with DGD at the Vinyl and I just want to say I love you guys! Wake is one of my top favorite albums. And you guys hold the spot for one of my top favorite bands.

I would like to ask, what would be your guys advice for singing, guitar playing and getting people together and getting serious in a band? And if you have any plans to eventually tour with some bigger bands like Pierce The Veil or At The Drive In?

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Thank you! you just have to find the right people I suppose! We would LOVE to tour with At the Drive In one day!


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Hai guys. :') May I ask for proof by asking for a band mannequin challenge? If that's too difficult, a revealing picture of Shane seducing his guitar will suffice just fine!

As for my questionnnnn, what is your favorite band? All of you! It's great to hear the music you guys make, rad as fuck, but I'm curious to know what you all listen to. c:

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My favorite band is Glassjaw!


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Hey Donnie.

What was your favorite music video to shoot, and why?

Go-to karaoke song?

Who is the best cuddler?

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  • Entertainment lies because it had a story along with it.

-The Widow by The Mars Volta

-John


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Hey! You guys are one of the most amazing post hardcore bands I've ever heard I'm not sure if someone has asked something similar but... If you could be any other member of any other band, who would it be?

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thank you! I would like to be the singer of Sianvar. But I hear he has some issues


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Do you listen to any of your own songs? If so which ones???

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I only listen to Hail the Sun. My ipod has one artist. Us.

jk, but yea I do sometimes


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all i remember about that band was their bass player's sweet richenbutthole

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hahah! Yes!!


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Love culture scars! Any plans for an Australian tour?

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I hope soon!


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Is there anyway to get a physical copy of POW! Right In the Kisser other than at The Roxy? Y'all are my favorite band and I need all physical copies of your stuff. :(

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Share that status for a chance to win!


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When are you guys coming back to NYC ?

You're awesome live, thanks.

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February or March I believe! Thank you!