Interview with Pushing The Sun as they play the Phoenix Theater

Posted: August 28, 2014 in 12 Days of Bands You Have to Know, Bands, Concerts, Entertainment, Hard Rock, Interview, music, New Music, New Release, rock, San Francisco
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Just last year, we featured Pushing The Sun on our 12 Days of Bands You Have To Know. In case you missed it, check it out here: Day 10 goes to Pushing The Sun. This is one band that really made an impression upon us from first seeing them perform at the Rockstar Uproar Festival in 2013. They are a heavy hard rock band fused with catchy melodies and emotionally driven lyrics. Their motto, Their motto, “We will light up your life, we have fire in our hands!” definitely rings true.

Last Friday, we headed to the historic Phoenix Theater to catch their set and as I mentioned with our coverage of Approaching Fiction, it tended to be a light night for the crowd. That in no way stopped Pushing the Sun from delivering their adrenaline fueled set. They took the stage and fiercely rocked the theater! Andrew Saman is captivating on vocals as he creates a strong connection delivering such emotion with each word. He is powerful yet vulnerable, he is heavy yet comforting, he is truly a passionate vocalist.


Pushing the Sun was started by guitarist Billy Connally in 2012 after his successful instrumental album release, The Silent Canvas which was released through Steve Vai’s Digital Nations label.  Billy is an amazing guitarist as he takes you from blazing shred mode to soothing melodies and throws out some stellar riffs. Billy, Johann and Andrew effectively work the stage as they unleash their fettered energy.

A.J. on drums provides the solid beats and some bad ass double bass, complimented by the fluid basslines of Johann as his energy takes over the stage. Together they form the perfect foundation to fully rock! Another thing I love about Pushing the Sun is Neil on the keys. I really miss a band with keys, they always seem to lack that certain depth which is created by the keys.

This is one solid lineup and together these five are unstoppable. You can see and feel the cohesion in the band which easily transfers through their music as you join them on their musical journey. Check out photos by our Rockin Ryan from their set:

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We had the opportunity to talk with Pushing the Sun after their set and are pleased to bring that interview to you here:

Pushing the Sun are also one of the hardest working bands and are continuously adding shows to their schedule so make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date. They will be performing at the Sofa Street Fair in San Jose on September 14th and they have just announced they will be playing at the V103 Rockfest Festival in Sacramento on October 4th.

If you don’t already have it, make sure to pick up their full length album “House of Lights“, whom they worked withTim Narducci (Systematic & SpiralArms). The CD not only has well written songs, but they bring in catchy hooks and explosive riffs that will leave you begging for more.

So make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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