Aurally rich and uncompromisingly distinguishable, Sunday Afternoon has been thrilling sold out venues for over six years. Assembling in the deserts of Tucson, Arizona, Sunday Afternoon is now the staple of AZ’s rich music scene that has produced such world-renowned acts as Calexico and Jimmy Eat World.
The celebrated four-piece has consistently refined their style, producing what many refer to as an eclectic mix of pop rock meets melodic-alternative. Comprised of many influences and various musical backgrounds, at very least, Sunday Afternoon is a breath of fresh air from the social norm of music genre mediocrity. Never falling victim to their own musical talent, SA keeps their fans guessing, but more importantly dancing.
Navigating seamlessly through the depths of gentle melody, intricate song structure and uplifting lyricism, SA creates a landscape of constant movement that explores the subtle nuances of human emotion. Very few bands can create such a nostalgic feel, even upon first listen. Boasting a live show that matches, if not exceeds the precision and energy of their studio albums, SA bridges the gap between the stage and the crowd with their relentless showmanship that tips a cap to the James Brown work ethic. Bi-polar sets and extended song arrangements are just a glimpse of what makes the band exceedingly successful.
The rich and seasoned vocals of Rick Paz enthrall listeners with thought provoking subject rather than the constant love/breakup banter of the pop genre. Layered with the rhythmic and often rock/folk influenced strumming of Joey Unger, the two create beautiful melodies that never impede on the others space. The heart and soul of SA lies within the rhythm section of Tyler Tafeaga and Ryan Janac. Click tight and zealously pocket, this immaculate duo is often depressing to their lesser contemporaries.
Sunday Afternoon has dedicated itself to expanding its audience and developing their singular live sound. Since their early days gigging on the university scene in Arizona, and with the strong Arizona fan base they have built, SA has opened for prestigious acts such as; Sugar Ray, Leftover Salmon, Tim Reynolds and Amos Lee. After their first studio album, Stories, Sunday Afternoon began an ambitious 40-show musical tour from Arizona to the Pacific Northwest.
Their latest release, Something Always Leads You Home (2006), was no shortcoming of expectations for their fans or critics. Produced by legendary studio head Ryan Greene (NOFX, Megadeth) at Crush Recording Studios in Scottsdale, AZ, the band was able to fully encapsulate their sound and turn heads to the fact that an unsigned act could produce such a record. With the support of executive producer Steve Smith (formerly of Clear Channel), the band has already produced several singles that have been featured on national radio stations and college campuses everywhere.
With their fan base encompassing the American southwest and rapidly extending to the rest of the country, Sunday Afternoon is constantly playing shows either on the road or in their home of Arizona. It would be a true mistake for any music fan to pass up their new album or a chance to see them live, as their timeless music takes route on their inevitable path to stardom.
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Bass Guitar Magazine
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Joey Unger - Guitars
Taylor T5 Custom
Taylor 812 CE
Gibson Chet Atkins with Roland System
Gibson Chet Atkins with Seymore Duncan Pickup System
PRS Hollowbody II with Piezo
Fender 212 Hot Rod Deville
SWR California Blonde
Ernie Ball Volume (2)
TC Electronic Chorus
Boss DD-3 Delay
Boss DD-5 Delay
Fulltone OCD drive pedal
MXR Zakk Wylde Distortion Pedal
MXR Micro Amp boost pedal
Boss Tuner Pedal
Rick Paz- Vocals
Tyler Tafeaga - Bass
Ryan Janac - Drums
Cymbals:3 crashes, ride, 2 splashes,hi-hat
Auxillary: tambourine, jamblock
Something Always Leads You Home(LP)2006
"Anybody" - single on 92.9 The Mountain in Tucson, AZ
"Icarus" - new single currently getting national radio time.
Sunday Afternoon's latest release has something for nearly everyone
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2006-06-22 Danielle Sottosanti In the summer of 1999, University of Arizona students Joey Unge...
In the summer of 1999, University of Arizona students Joey Unger and Rick Paz began writing and performing songs together, though Sunday Afternoon’s first incarnation was as a trio that played Dave Matthews Band covers in the Student Union Cellar.
The band, like the Cellar, has changed since 1999. In the last seven years, Sunday Afternoon has managed to land gigs opening up for national acts like Sugar Ray, book a 40-show tour and sell out local venues. Sunday Afternoon has certainly graduated in the literal and figurative sense of the word. Their latest efforts include the release of a new album entitled Something Always Leads You Home.
The 11-track CD starts off with the Greco-Roman themed song “Icarus,” which is also arguably the album’s best track. Solid percussion and a ripping lead guitar riff open up vocalist Rick Paz’s first-person retelling of the mythical boy who flew too close to the sun, which then melted the wax holding his wings together and caused him to fall.
Like the myth, the song has practical implications – What happens when you reach too high? You risk falling. The myth of Icarus is an interesting theme for an up-and-coming band to take on, as lofty dreams are usually a prominent part of a struggling musician’s life.
Sunday Afternoon’s treatment of the theme helps demonstrate the band’s intelligence and maturity, and for listeners who aren’t into lyrical interpretations, the lead guitar riffs and deep vocal lines give the song a power that will please any rocker.
These themes of the sun and crashing down reappear throughout the rest of Something Always Leads You Home.
“Won’t you follow me slowly / Into the sun. / See I won’t let you crash,” Paz says in “Free,” a smooth acoustic number that highlights Paz and guitarist Joey Unger’s dual vocals.
Sunday Afternoon is a Tucson band, so the hot sun is obviously a part of their lives, plus on a deeper level, the sun can symbolize the sky being the limit.
Similarly, crashing is of course a risk that anyone going too fast or too high faces. In other words, if you’re looking for some lyrics to analyze, Something Always Leads You Home definitely has some for you to sink your teeth into.
However, there’s also of course the ultimate question: Is the music good? For their latest album, Sunday Afternoon uses world beats, jazz and some funk to spice up their main recipe of vocal harmonies and acoustic rock mixed with some electric.
Oftentimes, it’s a nice blend that will appeal to anyone from an 18-year-old college student to a 40-year-old housewife; however, with the exception of songs like “Icarus,” it’s not for people who are looking for rock music with a harder edge to it.
Something Always Leads You Home will surely please the band’s fan base and increasing radio airplay may help Sunday Afternoon fans increase their numbers.
The album’s 11 songs are all easily digestible. There aren’t any jarring tracks that will scare people into flipping the dial and, if you’re allowed to play music at work, coworkers and customers from all walks of life will be able to tolerate the music and probably even enjoy it.
For more information on Sunday Afternoon and their latest release, visit the band’s Web site at SundayAfternoon.com.
Passing Me By
Back In The Day
Learn To Love
(Actual collection greater than 30 songs)
Sets vary all the time. They can be anywhere from 45 minutes to 3 hours.
Sometimes cover Dave Matthews, The Police, The Who, Alice In Chains, Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, and Pearl Jam.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.