Punch The Sun is a Queens-based band fronted by singer, songwriter, and bassist Shannon Söderlund. Shannon arrived in New York in 2012 from the Pacific Northwest to pursue a jazz career, only to find that the energy and sound of the city quickly manifested itself in more hard-hitting songwriting. Gathering musicians with varying influences but similar intention, the rest of the band came together with rock guitarist Dru Söderlund, jazz & funk drummer Campbell Youngblood-Petersen, and hype-girl/singer Pamela Vachon.
Shannon's writing leverages the unique relation of words to melody to tell the real story of our modern era, crafting idiosyncratic pop songs that use biting sarcasm and blind facts to underline what our daily experiences feel like, rather than telling you what they are. With sonic descriptions that run the gamut from “indie soul” to “lady Weezer,” Punch The Sun doesn’t sit comfortably in any one genre. But that’s okay - the way they see it, the rules were made to be broken.
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As lead lady, Shannon is the impetus behind Punch The Sun. Influenced by the sites and sounds of her childhood home in Tacoma, Washington, Shannon focuses on clean vocals and dirty bass riffs. High among her reasons for living are excellent bread, interesting beer, makeup nerdery, nature, cats, dogs, and hugs.
In addition to crafting tasty guitar licks, Dru also shapes PTS's sound in the studio as the band's main recording engineer & producer. Having grown up in western New York State, he has a particular fondness for deep lakes and sailboats. He brews his own beer and, importantly, knows the difference between caramelization and the Maillard reaction.
Raised in western Montana, Campbell escaped the trials of life in the mountains by retreating to the comfort of his drumset from ages 10-22. Now he doesn't know how to have fun without a set of drumsticks and a practice pad in his backpack.
Your anything-but-typical midwestern girl-next-door, Pamela has an intrinsic zest for life. Hailing originally from Michigan, Pamela has been a resident of NYC for over a decade. Among her passions are music, writing, cooking, wine, voice-over, and baking cakes modeled after sentimental objects for her friends. She's a very interesting person - just ask her.