Sunrunner – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD: What type of artist are you? 

S: Sunrunner is a band that plays music some might describe as rock, sometimes prog, sometimes metal, sometimes something in between or outside the realm of traditional labels.


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

S: I’m the drummer of the band, my name is Ted.  We started as a band back I think in 2006, when my good friend Frank Navarro started playing music with Joe Martignetti at college in Unity, Maine.  I was living in Boston going to Berklee College of Music at the time and before too long I stated making weekly trips up to Maine to make music with these guys (Everybody moved closer to Portland, Maine before too long which made the trek less strenuous).  We’ve kept it up ever since then, basically trying to put out an album per year and to play shows and tours with about the same frequency.  Since then we’ve put out a bunch of albums and toured all over the world.


PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences? 

S: Our musical influences, those shared by everyone in the band at least, are Rush, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Helloween, Metallica, Candlemass.  I’d throw into that group bands like Led Zeppelin, Steely Dan, outlaw country music – Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, the Grateful Dead, Elvis Presley.  We can find influence from all sorts of bands, Joe especially has more of an orthodox metal background so I think our music skews in that direction.  As far as non-musical influences go we all share an interest in art, philosophy, comedy, sports and nature.  We regularly go on YouTube binges which might include the Chinese gardener and DIY-er Liziqi, psychologist and professor Jordan Peterson, and Trailer Park Boys, hockey, and so on.


PD: What are your dreams and goals? 

S: I think we all share the dream of being able to see the world, play music, bring that musical experience to people and to not be worried about bills piling up while we do that.  I guess we’re there already but more and more of that would be nice.


PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about? 

S: We all have a hand it the song writing, but I would say that Joe writes the bulk of the music, I write a bit too, and Joe and I do a lot of collaborating on songs where I’ll help Joe put ideas together or elaborate on certain ideas.  Often times we end up changing the songs around altogether when we start trying to play them as a band.  The songs are about all sorts of things, but I think one theme unique to us perhaps is the focus on “ancient arts” (hence the album title).  We have songs about navigating the seas, or building shelters, or tribal warfare. They’re not all like that but it’s a theme we come back to.


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

S: We have a management team we work with who helps us book tours, and get our albums in front of reviewers, radio stations, online platforms, that sort of thing.  But we might still make an old-school poster and plaster it around town when necessary.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

S: It’s a great thing in my opinion.  You can find new stuff so easily, you can listen to anything you want any time.  The downside is that people tend to not appreciate it as much maybe as they used to – but it wouldn’t do any good to try to artificially put restrictions on the technology to try to preserve the conditions prior to the technological advancement.  People will find a way around it.  Its also made the music industry move more toward live shows, which I think is where it belongs anyway.


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why? 

S: I wish I had written Billie Jean by Michael Jackson – firstly because its awesome, but furthermore I’d be a multi-millionaire.  Although it would also be cool to have a hit link that that you’re kind of anonymously the writer of… maybe I’d take Baby Shark.  


PD: What are some of your pet peeves? 

S: My pet peeves are when someone calls me and writes an email while I’m on the phone, but reads as they write.  So it’s something like “Hi… John…  Tha..nk…ss.  for… your… e… mail….”  I find it hard to sit through that – haha.


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

S: Every time a new album is finally done and you hold it in your hands you get a sense of pride because they are such a complex endeavour.  So I think every time we do that I get a deep sense of pride, but it doesn’t last long – we’re usually working on the next one when that happens.


PD: So what are you working on at the moment?

S: We’re writing new music now for the next album to come.  We have a few ideas we’re working out, and we’re also doing some press stuff for the current album, Ancient Arts of Navigation!  Next we’re hoping to hit the road before too long. 


PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from? 

S: We have something like 7 albums available online for download, or from our website  We’re on Spotify, ITunes, youtube, and some other places probably as well. 


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