The Fan Connection (TFC) caught up with Carson from Sunnycide prior to the band's appearance on the Atlanta (December 6) date of the "This Year's Not Over" (#TYNO) Tour.

The Fan Connection (TFC): Tell us a little bit about Sunnycide, how you met, etc.

Carson from Sunnycide: Claire, Maddie and I met in a galaxy far, far away called "2014" through jamming with other bands that didn't really go anywhere. The first time I saw Victoria play an acoustic set, I instantly wanted to be in a band with her, even though she didn't join until this year. We knew Lorenzo and Julian because we had played shows with their other band, For All I Know, and recruited them due to our old drummer leaving, and our necessity for a keyboardist, and we quickly became fast best friends with them.

TFC: Who are the band members and what do they do in the band?

Carson: Victoria is the one with the golden pipes. Claire slaps those sweet bass notes. Carson and Maddie both shred and melt faces. Julian is on keys, but all he wants to do is dance, and Lorenzo is our band chef who plays drums fairly frequently.

TFC: Sunnycide eats good! Tell us a little bit about your music...what bands, artists or albums have inspired you?

Carson: We like to market ourselves as "dance-punk", but we also have lots of elements of art-rock, post-rock, and early post-hardcore. At The Drive-In's "Relationship Of Command", Brand New's "Daisy", and Smash Mouth's "All Star" are all favorites of ours.

"...we all walked away from that set like 'damn, that was awesome'..."

TFC: How long have you been together and what is your most memorable experience as a band?

Carson: Our first show was almost a year ago which is kinda crazy to think about. I think our most memorable moment was when we played a benefit show for a venue in our hometown. It was our first show as a six piece, and the vibe was crazy. Almost everyone in the crowd knew our lyrics, and we all walked away from that set like "damn, that was awesome". We really felt like a band that night. Our shows since have felt just as, if not more "put together", and we're extremely excited to work our asses off to get better in the next year.

TFC: What are your long-term musical career goals?

Carson: Long-term goals??? Kick ass. Rule the world. Each of us has our own continent, and we split Antarctica 6-ways.

TFC: Do you know the bands on the #TYNO Tour personally, or have you ever shard the stage with them before?

Carson: Our show with the bands on the #TYNO Tour will be our first show with any of them. Very excited, always fun to meet new friends and fans. We love being the odd band out at shows. It's awesome to bring our type of music to people who might have never even heard of it. Claire is a huge fan of An Honest Year and has been to several of their shows, so it's great to play with people we know of!

TFC: What has been your most exciting or interesting show to date?

Carson: The most interesting show we've gotten to play was when we played with The Bunny The Bear back in June. Completely different type of music, completely different fans than we're used to. It was fun to expose that fan base to our songs. They thought it was interesting at least.

TFC: Anything else interesting about you that you want the fans to know?

Carson: We would like to let the fans know that we love them and that they have meant everything to us over the past year. You are what keeps us writing and rocking. Kisses and hugs. SUNNYSQUAD UP!

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