The Chainsmokers play "Intimacy" remix on their Sirius XM show as one of top 15 EDM songs of the week
The Chainsmokers are mixing it up week after week bringing you the top EDM tracks on YouTube. Tune to BPM(Ch.51) Fridays at 8 pm ET to hear the hottest hits.
This week on the EDM 15 we’ve got The Chainsmokers’ Paris (Ben Maxwell & SCRVP Remix), Kygo & Selena Gomez’s It Aint Me, Odd Mob’s Lithium and plenty more!
Make sure to check out the rest of this week’s EDM 15 listed below:
The Chainsmokers – Paris (Ben Maxwell & SCRVP Remix)
Valence – Infinite
Kygo & Selena Gomez – It Aint Me
Odd Mob – Lithium
A R I Z O N A – Oceans Away (Vicetone Remix)
JRND & VMK – Make Dem (feat. Kedo Rebelle)
PLS&TY – Good Vibes (feat. Cosmos & Creature)
Chocolate Puma x Pep & Rash – The Stars Are Mine
Blackbear – Weak When Ur Around (P Buddy Remix)
Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson – Just Hold On
Curtis Alto vs Sunbathers – Intimacy
Stalgia – BDY (Joe Mason Remix)
Omar Varela – Last One
Domastic – Weird Dream
TobiMorrow & Henri Lueck – Blind Beauty
The Baltimore Sun - 1/22/17
By Wesley Case
Baltimore Sun - Contact Reporter
Listening to a song from the Baltimore-Washington indie-rock quintet Sunbathers, singer Sean Lynott’s falsetto sounds effortless. The Catonsville native credits it to a childhood obsession he latched onto early. Maybe too early.
“You know, the biggest influence on me was Usher,” Lynott said inside a Mount Vernon cafe last week. “I mimicked him, walking around my house singing Usher songs that were far too inappropriate for an 8-year-old. I just learned to sing through that style.”
To be clear, Sunbathers — who headline Metro Gallery on Friday — won’t get confused for an R&B group, but Lynott’s love of the genre speaks to the band’s open-minded approach to indie-rock, a sound that continues to grow more amorphous. On their self-titled EP from 2015, Sunbathers find a polished balance between songs driven by soaring guitars and more experimental tracks utilizing synthesizers and electronic production techniques.
Now they’re ready to further mine the latter style’s possibilities.
“We definitely made a concerted shift to bring those things into our music because I think we’re all interested in it,” said Lynott, 26. “With the EP, we just didn’t know how to do it. Now that we’re exploring it, it just opens up a whole new world of sounds and ideas.”
They’ve made progress in a relatively short period of time. As seniors and roommates at the University of Maryland, College Park, Lynott and guitarist Tim Boaté began playing music together as an acoustic duo (“a little bit of covers, a little bit of our own stuff,” according to Lynott).
Based on their formative music tastes, there was no guarantee it would work. Lynott “grew up on Warped Tour-style pop-punk,” while West Chester, Pa., native Boaté grew up on Phish and the Grateful Dead, thanks to his older siblings.
Writing together, though, eventually led to common ground.
“That’s where we collide: Phoenix, My Morning Jacket, Radiohead,” said the 26-year-old Boaté, seated next to Lynott.
After graduation, they moved to Washington’s H Street neighborhood with one goal: Start a serious band. They eventually recruited guitarist-backup singer Pete Mindnich, drummer Shohsei Oda and bassist Peter Leonard. (Lynott and Boaté live in Baltimore, while Mindnich and Oda live in Washington. Leonard is in Chevy Chase, and the group practices in the Catonsville basement of Lynott’s parents’ house.)
In November 2015, the band released their debut five-track EP, which Boaté describes as “a culmination of our first two years as a band.” Recorded at Dreamcatcher Studio in Baltimore with producer Donny Ingram, songs like “Intimacy” and “Glory” sound festival-ready — propulsive, danceable and catchy enough to find an audience that grew up listening to a little bit of everything.
“Intimacy,” Lynott’s favorite song, offers a clue to Sunbathers’ path forward: a seamless mixture of memorable guitar riffs, subtle synthesizers, a nimble rhythm section and the singer’s simpatico vocals.
“People seemed to really latch on to that one,” said Boaté, who lives in Canton. “We really like that sound, so we might as well keep going. It’s working.”
Thematically, Sunbathers’ songs “can be boiled down to love songs,” but Lynott said he tries to inject nuance with moments of desperation and the other complicated feelings that come with relationships. The former English major often finds inspiration in poetry and novels, citing Saeed Jones’ “Prelude to Bruise” and Nayyirah Waheed’s “Salt” as recent favorites.
“I find a lot from poets — just the way they break phrases apart and the way certain words carry different meanings in different contexts,” the Mount Vernon resident said.
The group has found a high-profile fan in WTMD, Towson University’s public radio station, as evidenced by the station’s regular playing of “Glory.” The station invited the band to play its Baltimore Band Block Party last May, which led to a slot at WTMD’s popular free concert series First Thursdays in Canton the following month.
The performance “marked a next step for us,” Boaté said.
“I remember playing our second-to-last song, and I just took a moment to take it all in, like, ‘Look at all these people,’” Lynott said. “It was nothing short of surreal.”
They’re going to keep pursuing those moments, with hopes of soon expanding their touring schedule to include New York and Virginia. (Sunbathers have mostly stuck to Baltimore, D.C., and Philadelphia so far.)
The Metro Gallery show will be their last in the area for a few months. They plan to take the time to finish writing and recording new material, which will either end up on a second EP or a full-length album.
The band has achieved a fair amount in just over three years, and Lynott says the plan to “see how far we can take it.”
“We’ve been fortunate enough to have very positive experiences as a band,” Lynott said. “I don’t see any reason to stop.”
JANUARY 18, 2017
I chatted with The Sunbathers about their involvement in the local music scene, and their new music video “Intimacy.”
Q: How did the band form?
Tim and Sean met while attending the University of Maryland and have been playing music together for years, but it wasn’t until we moved into D.C. with our other guitarist Pete that we got serious about forming a band. Tim was fatefully seated next to Shohsei, our drummer, at a work event shortly after our D.C. move, and from there things really took off. We soon added a mutual friend on bass to fill out the group, started playing some house shows and bar gigs in the DC/Baltimore area, and have been at it ever since.
Q: What is the hardest part about being in a band?
Maintaining deference. Any group of people will have its dynamics and natural roles, but its important to let everyone have a fair share at every aspect–be it songwriting or the business side of things. We always look to respect one another as much as possible because, like any relationship, ego has to be checked at the door in order to get to the heart of things.
Q: What was it like playing at WTMD’s First Thursdays this past June?
Truly a dream come true. We’ve been attending First Thursdays for years now, from when it was in Mount Vernon to when it outgrew that area and scaled up in Canton. Its an incredible event and was an unparalleled moment of both exposure and thrill for us. The opportunity to play for such a massive crowd in such a gorgeous setting was amazing and we can’t thank WTMD enough for that chance.
Q: What is your favorite part of performing live?
The thrill, simply put. There is nothing more exhilarating but also nothing more nerve-wracking. It requires you to put forth unequivocal concentration while, at the same time, let loose and exist within the moment.
Q: I love your song “Intimacy.” What is it about?
Intimacy is largely a narration of a relationship. The beginnings and ends, the ups and downs, the elation and the desperation. It reflects on the quieter, more private moments of intimacy with another person as well as the wilder moments of both passion and heartache where you’re bursting at the seams with love and despair, maybe even at the same time. I wanted to recount a history of two people but also zoom in on the presence of mind within those smaller moments sitting in between those greats highs and lows. It ends on a climax as well, and I go back and forth between considering that moment as optimistic or not so much–I guess it depends on the day and I think it makes the most sense for the song to remain unbound by one single interpretation.
Q: What was it like filming the music video? Where did you film it?
The music video was more of an independent project with a friend of Sean’s. We worked with him in developing a concept and, once that was established, we let him take the reins and execute the project. We could not have been happier with the result as we love his interpretation of the lyrics and his talent for narration and and direction is very evident.
Q: What is your favorite part of being a part of the Baltimore/DC music scene?
Both cities have music scenes deeply invested in lifting up local and independent bands. Venues are willing to give bands a shot and people actually come out to shows. Both cities have established themselves as havens for national acts but it incubates its own artists and gives them ample opportunity to develop their sound and their art in spaces that are worthy of the the largest acts but simultaneously inclusive of their own local bands. Also, the DIY spirit running through both cities is so unique to each place but also so equally well-established and maintained.
Q: Are you guys excited about your show at 8×10?
Super excited. The 8×10 is very kind to us and has great hospitality and sound engineers, and we always have a great time there. This particular bill is all local Baltimore bands and some good friends, so it’ll be a great night.
Indie rock at its best is what Baltimore band Sunbathers has created with their latest single “Sugar” – it’s got the right flow of music, the slow and fast pace and as always the cherry on top: a voice that will leave you speechless – Listen to the soundscape created by this band and let Sean’s voice take over the steering wheel and guide through the world of Sugar.
From when we first heard them a year ago with 'Intimacy', the Washington DC/Baltimore indie rock quintet have never offered anything less than bliss. Sean Lynott once again hits the falsetto high notes on this new track released this week, where they work perfectly around sweetly tuned synth, percussion and effective drums.
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The Baltimore/DC based band are back with a new track titled “Sugar”. We have been impressed with the band ever since sharing their track “Intimacy” late last year.
The quintet return with “Sugar” and it’s a beautiful 4:30 of awesomeness. The vocals always impress us with Mr. Lynott’s amazing range. The melody is addicting and the mixture of synth and percussion throughout have the band poised to reach a myriad of fans who enjoy anthemic indie rock, synthpop and dream pop alike.
Sunbathers are comprised of Sean Lynott (Vocals/Synth) Peter Mindnich (Guitar/Vocals) Tim Boate (Guitar) Peter Leonard (Bass), and Shohsei Oda (Drums).
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DMV indie rockers and Digital High fave’s Sunbathers are back at it with track “Sugar,” a first taste of new material since the band released“Lovepeak” earlier this year.
The cut, like its title suggests, starts off sweetly and honeyed before picking up the pace, turning into a full-on rock-out sesh as the swift moving riffs and uptempo percussion coalesce around the band’s signature harmonies. It’s an easy listen and one you’ll want to put on repeat.
Stream below and grab a free download while you’re at it: