The Feed and the Sun and the Sea Prepare for Dual Billing at Blueberry Hill
St. Louis bands The Feed and The Sun and the Sea couldn't be more different. The Feed jumps genres from song to song but retains a bluesy growl and ferocity no matter if they're playing punk, noisy psychedelic or straight-up pop-rock. The Sun and the Sea generally stays within its own polished indie-rock confines but adds plenty of twinkly riffs and heart-racing drum fills that stay with you long after the music ends.
But man, do the bands complement each other. And, uh, compliment, each other.
"I've always loved the Feed and have said they're the best band in St. Louis since I saw them for the first time," says Chris Rhein, vocalist for the Sun and the Sea. "Every musician in that band, man. It's just an all-star lineup."
"I was kind of blown away, not that they're not already awesome," says the Feed's pianist and vocalist Dave Grelle about the Sun and the Sea's new album, American Empire. "But when you hear the finished product, it's really cool."
It's a good thing the musicians enjoy each other's music so much; otherwise, playing their double release show and listening party this Saturday in Blueberry Hill's Duck Room might get a little awkward. There's no chance of that, though, as Rhein and Grelle have been working together for over a year for Tunespeak, an app that rewards bands' most influential fans with prizes and experiences. But their friendship goes back even before their time at the hot startup.
"We played a couple of shows together, I think at Off Broadway, and it was a pretty cool musical fit," Grelle tells RFT Music. "Our music [style] is definitely different, but it works. And they're just good dudes."
Grelle and the Feed are releasing Outsider, the band's first recording since a 2006 EP and a 2012 track on a Tower Groove Records compilation. Primarily a live band, Grelle and his bandmates felt the time was right to lay down tracks now that they've got a permanent four-piece lineup.
"As soon as we had written some brand new tunes, we just wanted to get in right away. In one weekend, we tracked it all," Grelle says. "We had so much music recorded previously that we hadn't released because it wasn't a current representation of who was in the band, because we were a trio, then a duo, and now we're a four-piece. So as soon as we had songs together, we thought 'Let's record this and get this out. Let's not sit on it, and let's not think about it. Let's just one-take, two-take the songs.'"
Rhein says the recording process for their debut album American Empire was very different for the Sun and the Sea.
"We put out two EPs in 2012, but for our first full-length album, we really took our time writing -- we were in the writing process for about a year and a half," Rhein explains. "We had already recorded all the guitars and keyboards ourselves, so we'd been working on that forever, but when we actually went into the studio in Crown Point, Indiana, in March, it took three or four weekends up there."
Working together at Tunespeak and being friends outside of the office, it was inevitable that Grelle and Rhein would hear each other's new albums throughout their final preparations. It wasn't much of a jump to put together a show to release both of them.
On page two, listen to new tracks from the Feed and the Sun and the Sea!