Today’s song is “Fake Love” by Cemetery Sun. The Sacramento, California group is comprised of Josh Doty [singer], Austen Butler [drummer], Elliot Polokoff [guitarist, producer], and Jesse Mancillas [lead guitar].
These guys thrive on merging those extremes. The group’s name nods to their alchemical mixture of alternative, pop, r&b, and even a little electro, yielding a musical concoction that’s as irresistible as it is inimitable.
“Cemetery Sun is where the darkness meets the light,” exclaims Josh. “You might be in a dark place, but you see that light and gravitate towards it. The name meant something to us, because that’s exactly what we would be doing with this band. It also sounds like some shit Batman would say,” he laughs.
Dark Knight-worthy monikers aside, the musicians first came together in 2013. Knowing each other from the same local scene, synergy proved instantaneous. They began to perform regionally and build a buzz in Northern California. Instead of touring exhaustingly, as most burgeoning acts do, they hit the studio—hard. With Elliot serving as an “in-house” producer, the guys penned nearly forty songs, honing their chops in the process.
“We spent an entire year in the studio just writing,” recalls Elliot. “We would crank out three-to-four songs per session. We aimed to make songs that we want to hear with really compelling instrumentals and meaningful lyrics about what we’ve been through.”
That attention to songwriting paid off. In 2016, Mikey Flom—son of legendary LAVA founder Jason Flom—heard “Fake Love” online. Blown away by the band’s inventive and innovative take on pop music (“Edgy and dark but with the same things you hear in a Katy Perry song,” as Austen says), he showed it to his dad. That weekend the group had a deal. Now, “Fake Love” serves as the proper introduction to their self-titled 2016 debut EP for the label.
This track is off their self-titled EP which will be out this Friday, November 18th on Lava/Republic Records.
Upcoming Tour Dates w/ The Struts
12/05 – The Orange Peel – Ashville, NC
12/06 – Ziggy’s By The Sea – Wilmington, NC
12/08 – Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
12/10 – Marina Jeep Arena – Rochester, NY
12/13 – The Opera House – Toronto, CA
12/15 – The Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
12/16 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
12/17 – Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY