86 The Sun
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86 The Sun

Austin, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Austin, Texas, United States
Established on Jan, 2014
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The Early Days

 86 the Sun was formed in 2006 as a three piece of Quitze Martinez (Guitars and vocals), Alex Biko (drums), and Bob Kennedy (bass guitar).  From a classic 1970‘s style garage rehearsal set up moving to playing club sets, 86 quickly built a loyal following with early radio-quality songs like “Days Without You” and “When She Gets There”.  As Martinez’s songwriting continued to evolve, he churned out songs like “Carolina” and “Photograph”, whose catchy riffs were paired perfectly with nuanced, introspective lyrics, and “Close Your Eyes” and “Halo”, which were so nearly-perfect in the delivery of their emotive payoffs, they make a listener make feel transported to a secret place in Martinez’s heart. Fan demands for an album became so high that Martinez decided it was time to bring the band to 512 Studios, and with the guidance of his friend and producer, Omar Vallejo, record the tracks to 86 The Sun’s debut self-titled album.

Even after recording was completed, and fans embraced the new album, Martinez still felt that something was missing. He had always written songs with a two-guitar style in mind, but had always carried the live act alone. In 2007 the band began auditions for lead guitar. On their fourth, they found guitarist Kelly Rath. In Martinez’s humble words, “He kicked our asses, so we had to let him in”. With Rath now covering the missing sonic melodies and backing vocals in the songs, they continued to perform to support their debut self-titled album, but with a tighter and more intricate feel. 

The Second Album

After Biko and Kennedy’s subsequent departures, 86 worked with multiple bassists and drummers trying to find that all-important “perfect combination”, while also beginning work on their second album. Martinez again joined forces with Omar Vallejo at 512 Studios, with Biko coming in from Dallas to record drum tracks, and Omar himself laying down the bass. The new album tracks had proved to be much more intricate and certainly a progression in the sound.  A solid combination for the rhythm section was absolutely needed for the live act and next evolution of the band.

In early 2012, they auditioned Tad Leusch for drums, and found that heavy thump, dedication and rock star persona that Martinez and Rath wished for all along. Shortly after, the band auditioned Eddie Day for bass guitar.  In Rath’s words: “We knew Eddie was the guy for this band.  He nailed the audition by knowing the whole first record note for note and just brought a huge level of energy to the music.” 86 The Sun’s lineup is now complete, and with the three new members in the band contributing to founder Martinez’s new writing, the sonic possibilities seem limitless. New songs like “Slow Computer” and “There in Your Eyes” have quickly become crowd favorites, and the writing potential for the future seems boundless.

Rock is Back

86 The Sun is now helping to resurrect this all-important genre of music one concert at a time. Rock is coming back in a big way, and 86 is riding the crest of a wave that is getting ready to reawaken the shores of the American musical consciousness.  Kelly, Tad and Eddie bring a conglomerate of their musical influences to the table, from old school 70‘s and 80‘s, to 90‘s grunge, electronica and modern hip hop. With Quitze at the helm, churning out those meaty riffs and possessed of a voice that harkens back to the balls-out heyday of Rock and Roll, 86’s songs hit people as something hauntingly familiar and new at the same time. Seasoned veterans of rock now, 86 The Sun continues to push forward living for their music- and it shows in every song they write, and every show they perform.


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