Doomed Nation

Sounds For The Lost Generation

Doomed Confessionary: Jon Haugnes Karlsen (Sunface)

Sunface is a cosmic stoner rock band hailing from Oslo, Norway.

The band released their debut album »Observatory« in December 2016, which became monumental within the genre, and the title track was played several hundred thousand times all over the globe.

The journey continues in 2024, with Sunface’s new album, »Cloud Castles«. Where tribe percussion and stoner/psych meets in a unique sound that has never before been heard. With a wall of speaker cabinets, fuzz, and a wide spectrum of djembe, congas, tabla etc, atmospheric melodies and heavy riffs float hand in hand in a new type of tribe ritual.

New album »Cloud Castles« was released on April 19th, 2024 via Apollon Records.

Can you say a few words about your band?
We’re called Sunface. been at this for 12 years now. Started in 2012. Not giving up. Released our debut »Observatory« in 2016. Got a new record out now called »Cloud Castles« now in 2024 with a new kind of sound where heavy guitars mix with world percussion.

What was the biggest challenge for the band?
The biggest challenge has always been to keep the band together for some reason. There has been so many different members through the years. But we’re getting a good lineup now, so let’s see!

What can you be most proud of so far?
To create a new type of sound that is unlike anything I have heard before at least. I know there are some stoner/psych/doom bands who does a song here and there with some hand percussion, but the songs are usually more traditional world music when they do come in between all the heavy ones. Would love to hear it if there are more bands doing it.
It’s also great to see that our title track »Observatory« got so many streams over the years. Many more than we ever expected.

What was your biggest regret?
I don’t really regret stuff, because shit happens so you can learn from it. But if I had to think of one it would be to wait for other people so we can get things done together, instead of just doing them myself. Thats part of the reason why it took so long to get the second album out. For the first album we were a dedicated trio that made the songs together in a year or so. I had some ideas that we put together. I didn’t even think about trying to make the songs myself back then, and rehearse the songs with the band later.

What was the biggest surprise on the music scene for you?
For the stoner/psych scene I still get surprised that so many listeners are into the Neo 70’s rock /Sabbath Worship bands who play fuzzy pentatonic riffs exactly like they did in the early 70’s. And never get tired of it. I mean… its fun to have these bands around, I don’t dislike it, but the amount of them…

What is currently in your heavy musical rotation?
I listen to a lot of world music! African, Middle Eastern etc. Ali Farka Toure, Bombino, Ozdemir Erdogan, Tinariwen, Gaye Su Akyol. I also listen a lot to: Dead Meadow, Baroness, early QOTSA, Zeke, Donovan, Yob.

What was the best advice you’ve ever been given as a musician?
I have a friend that explained me a good way to make an album almost by yourself. And I ended up doing it this way. I played the songs on guitar and bass on click track. Then I added a drum to show what you’re thinking about percussion more or less. I got this great guy called Maciej “Mustafa” Gizejewski to do all the percussion. Then once all the percussion was on tape we removed the click track and recorded all the instruments again.
This might be common knowledge for many people, but I was stuck in the old way of doing stuff. Meeting up at the rehearsal, making songs, recording them live. Everyone at once.

What are your guilty pleasures?
I like MMA. It’s fun to see top trained fighters facing each other in a completely unpredictable sport. Would never try it myself.
Musically my guilty pleasure would be Lykke Li. She is awesome. Almost all her songs are great, except that trap album she made.

Can you say something more about the music scene in Oslo / Norway?
We have an insane amount of great bands in Norway. Lots of venues and lots of shows in Oslo where I live.
These are some of my favourites: Wolves Like Us, The Devil & The Almighty Blues, Grant The Sun, Sâver, Misty Coast, Bismarck, Saint Karloff, Steinsopp, Erlend Apneseth Trio, Outer Limit Lotus, Sovereign, Tulsa Doom, Hymn, Taiga Woods, Jake Ziah, Draken, Tempelheks.

Where can we see you live this year (concerts/tours)?
First of all in Oslo in the autumn! Then let’s see if we’re able to go to central/south Europe without going bankrupt.

What are your plans for the future as a band?
Make more albums and play many more shows than we’ve been able to do lately.

How can people best support your band?
Buy merch, and records in any format! Spread the word. Tell your friends. Tell your local promoters.

Do you have any message for your listeners?
We’re super grateful that you want to listen to our stuff. I put everything I am into these songs (except the humor) so when someone wants to listen to it, it means a lot. We’ll be back with another new album sooner than last time.

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Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well

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