22 year old Josh Romig honed his performance skills on the streets of Melbourne, busking for a living since his late teens – and any spare time he had was spent in front of an 8-track with a guitar in his hands trying to master the art of songwriting. He did well enough to be asked to participate in a Face The Music masterclass with acclaimed singer-songwriter Charles Jenkins, and in 2010 won the Young Songwriters Award at the Apollo Bay Festival for his tune “River Mouth”. Since forming Blue Sun in mid-2011, Josh has managed to impress the three experienced and highly acclaimed musicians who make up the rest of the band with his slightly off-beat lyrics and deceptively sweet vocals, and together the group have collaborated on a selection of tracks that refuse to be easily classified.
Originally from Adelaide, guitarist Shane Reilly has played alongside the likes of Tex Perkins, The International Men Of Leisure, and oh – he also happens to have a solo record under his belt too. Clearly not allergic to hard work, this fella. Over the years he's dabbled in pop, country, classical, jazz… and it isn't difficult to hear this broad palette of influences in the songs of Blue Sun.
Roger Bergodaz can normally be found manning the drums for celebrated singer-songwriters like Jordie Lane and Matt Walker, as well as producing some of your favourite local records, but this time around you'll find him delivering the bass goods.
Rounding out the band is Pete Marin, a drummer extraordinaire who has performed with Dan Sultan, Gossling, and Paul Kelly amongst many others. He was lured into the studio to play on an early version of 'Lockaway Light' and didn't want to leave, so here we are.
Josh says "I wrote this song inspired by the tale of Pinocchio. A lot of people know that story, but I tried to change the premise so in 'Real Boy' he never lied – but everyone thought he was a filthy liar anyway."
Roger says "Lockaway Light has a nice melody and a really cool drum beat. It’s easily accessible. It’s sort of saying saying, okay, this is where we are starting from – and things could go anywhere from here. The song's a pretty good introduction to Blue Sun."
Josh says "Rio is a song about a place I would really like to travel to – but I wrote a story that isn’t about having an amazing time there, just what the worst scenario would be."
“LOCKED IN A CAGE”
Shane says "In Josh's songwriting, there's always a little twist and a turn of phrase that kicks the stool out from under you. With his voice, particularly in 'Locked In A Cage', you’re lulled into this false sense of security – there's the twist, and you suddenly go “Oh, I didn’t see that coming!”
01. REAL BOY
02. LOCK AWAY LIGHT
04. LOCKED IN A CAGE
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