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Something about SondorBlue

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I have a confession to make. While I spend a good deal of my hours each week immersed in music, I’m not too big on live shows. I know, it sounds pretty terrible, especially given the amount of time I spend talking up bands on the internet. The truth is that- on top of writing- I spend well over forty hours at work each week. So when I get home and see all of the concert invites in my Facebook notifications I often close them without a second glance. Sure, Little Stranger dragged me out of my home for their Gorillaz tribute show at the Pour House back in January (which was amazing), but I’ve hardly ventured out since. It wasn’t until meeting John Sheehan on the College of Charleston campus that I found myself feeling the call once again. The first time I saw SondorBlue live, I was sitting at the back of my local Wild Wing Cafe eating dinner. What was supposed to be a simple trip out to support John’s band ended up being an unforgettable evening. SondorBlue wasn’t just good- they were incredible! Even in such a small venue, the guys were professionals. Their connection was undeniable, a well-oiled machine of steady confidence. I stuck around long after I’d finished my meal, wanting to take in whatever the band had to offer for the night. Several tables around me were filled with fans singing along, somewhat surprising since I had taken SondorBlue to be a relatively new band. After catching up with Connor, John, Andrew, and their manager, Charlie, in the parking lot, I knew this would not be the last time I came out for one of their shows. As luck would have it, the band was slated to perform at my favorite coffee house downtown a few months later.
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Though I’d enjoyed the first show, my second experience with SondorBlue was superior in every way. This time I brought two of my favorite Charleston creatives along with me- Liam Michaels of LiamaroniTV and Pierce Alexander. By some coincidence we found ourselves sitting immediately behind Georgia Hertz, editor of a local poetry journal called The City Quill. There we were, four community leaders united by a love of Kudu coffee and great music. SondorBlue did not disappoint. Breaking out a few songs from their upcoming EP and throwing in their renditions of hits like “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles, SondorBlue exceeded my already-high expectations. After the show I had the opportunity to speak with them, and I remember saying ” SondorBlue is just one of those bands I love spending my money on.” I meant that. I paid ten dollars to see them play. That’s the price of a movie. But where I would forget about a movie once its popularity died, I doubt that I will be able to forget the night I spent in the SondorBlue concert. With their debut EP releasing in the near future, I thought this might be the perfect time to hit the guys up for an interview.
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INTERVIEW

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So just what is a SondorBlue anyway?

John: The word “SondorBlue” means that everyone has a story. The songs on our first EP represent the collective sum of all of our experiences over the past few years as a band- from love, to friendship, to pain, suffering, confusion, and everything in between. They represent the most pure and transparent version of our story as friends trying to navigate through this crazy life together.

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Who’s who in the band when you aren’t performing? What do you guys do in your down time?
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Andrew: When we aren’t performing- I think I can speak on behalf of everyone in the band when I say this- but we just like to just relax and take in life. I wouldn’t say that we assume completely different identities or anything like that when we aren’t performing, given that performing is just an extension of your truest self. We just try to live a happy and healthy life (pardon the cliché). To answer the latter question, down time still mostly consists of music- and the occasional book, yoga, and, of course, Pokemon Go.

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When you think of our city what comes to mind?
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Andrew: At the moment, I think a cultural boom is happening in Charleston… I think there’s a reinvigoration for the arts, free thinking, and creativity. I really feel Charleston is on the verge of becoming somewhere that’s going to be globally recognized for its contribution to the art world. On a personal level, the perfect mixture of city and nature is one of my favorite things. In particular, the jasmine that blooms here has inspired me in much of my own writing. There’s an energy in Charleston that’s incomparable to anywhere else I’ve ever been, a symbiotic relationship between city and man.

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What does SondorBlue offer the Charleston music scene?
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Connor: What does any band offer other than a new perspective? Everyone’s going through similar stuff even if it doesn’t look like it from the outside. We’re just promoting love and positivity.

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More than anything, fans are probably excited to hear about the progress with your new EP. How is the process going?
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John: The EP is well on its way and we cannot wait to share the finished project with our friends, fans, and family. It’s sometimes hard to gauge progress in the studio because the process can feel endless. ‘One more take! Let’s try this!’ But, we are on pace to finish and release the EP in late August.
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What do you think the finished product will look like? How will it represent you as a band and as individuals?
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Connor: With this EP, we’ve been working to make it as honest and true to ourselves as possible. We’re not trying to say anything that we don’t personally believe in, and in doing so the music has become even more vulnerable and honest for me. These songs are the closest look into my mind than anything else that exists.
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Facebook: facebook.com/SondorBlue 
Instagram: instagram.com/sondorblue
Twitter: @SondorBlue
Snapchat: @SondorBlue
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