Stare Down The Sun

Stare Down The Sun


Stare Down The Sun excels at writing instantly memorable rock songs. With a familiar and accessible mainstream rock sound similar to Evans Blue, Breaking Benjamin, and Staind, Stare Down the Sun have had had an overwhelmingly positive response to their music.


Stare Down the Sun began in 2004, with guitar player Benjamin Jon, drummer Matt 9, & bassist Gary Hamelin putting together a solid band built around vocalist Matthew Eryk . The band is constantly writing and recording demos and has released 3 independently produced albums. Stare Down the Sun won the areas Best New Band in 2005, and have been performing regionally ever since.

History - Benjamin Jon and Matt 9 began working together at the original Stillwork Studio in 2004, which was then located in the basement of the Cabot Street Pub in Chicopee, Massachusetts. Matt had just left the band Nitro Nine and was recruited to be the primary session drummer for Stillwork, around this same time Benjamin’s band Chainfall had decided to take some time off.

The Cabot Street Pub, where Benjamin worked as the resident sound engineer was just emerging as a new relevant rock club in the Western Massachusetts rock/metal and hardcore scene and was hosting Matthew Eryk’s solo acoustic act after his departure from the band Rise. Matthew was asked to do vocals on a track Benjamin and Matt had produced which resulted in the song “Sores” , the first written for what would become Stare Down The Sun.

With similar musical tastes, and similar experiences in the New England music scene Benjamin Jon, Matt 9 and Matthew Eryk began the Stare Down The Sun project by writing songs and producing demos at Stillwork for a planned summer 2005 CD release. Bass player Gary Hamelin, who Benjamin worked with in a previous band, joined the band in April, 2005 and recording for the debut Stare Down The Sun Release, A BETTER PLACE was started at Stillwork’s new facility in Holyoke, Ma in early 2005.

The band released A BETTER PLACE in November of 2005 to a sold out crowd at Cabot Street Pub in Chicopee MA.

The band released BLEEDING THROUGH in October of 2007 to a sold out crowd at Finn MacCools in Westfield MA.

Stare Down the Sun's Third full length release, THE SAME STORM is to be released in February of 2009.


A Better Place (2005)
Bleeding Through (2007)
The Same Storm (2009)

Set List

30-120 minute original electric showcase set
30-120 minute original acoustic showcase set.