The winner of Rock Album of the Year at the 2010 Madison Area Music Awards!
Sunspot is the Cheap Trick of geek-rock and Van Halen for Nerds. It’s all the fun of flashy rock but with the satisfaction of substance over style. With monster choruses, face-melting guitar solos, and sweet harmonies, Sunspot brings the swagger of the stadium to the pocket-protected masses. They’ve been featured at Scott Bakula’s fiftieth birthday party, honored as the Wisconsin Area Music Industry Artist of the Year, earned a Madison Area Music Award for Rock Album of the Year, and have toured both coasts. The band has performed at Midpoint Music Festival, Millenium Music Conference, and headlined unofficial showcases at SXSW each year since 2006.
For one year, the power-pop trio embarked on an ambitious musical experiment: Releasing a brand new single and video each month. Beginning in July of 2008, when they announced the first song of the project, “2012”, the band created a new song each month, complete with corresponding themed artwork, merchandise and a video. In June of 2009, after an intense schedule of performing, writing, recording, shooting, and editing, the band presented their fifth full length release: A CD and DVD collection of songs and videos entitled “Singularity”.
Unlike other albums designed as organized groupings of songs, “Singularity” is a compilation songs created and recorded in a spontaneous manner. The songs do not necessarily follow a theme, but each stands on its own; created, developed, and recorded in a one month period of time. The tracks on the CD and DVD are presented in the order in which they were released, giving the listener the opportunity to follow Sunspot’s year long musical journey and development as their “song-a-month” process evolved.
In addition to the band’s signature rock sound, “Singularity” includes songs that deviate from Sunspot’s typical format. “Square Root of All Evil” features acoustic guitar and violin, and “Hypnogogic” ventures into techno territory with programmed drum tracks and other electronica effects. “Uncanny Valley” includes the sounds of electronic drums as well, extending the human-robot theme of the song beyond the lyrics alone.
The second single and video from the set, “Sweet Relief”, won “Video of the Year” honors at this year’s Madison Area Music Awards. And the video for the song “Uncanny Valley” won them a performance at Noah’s Ark (America’s Largest Water Park) after local radio fans voted it as their favorite.