Localize It: A spotlight on Sundog
Sundog is a three-piece band, consisting of Abi Sparkman on vocals and guitar, Deven Lynd on bass and Phillip Giannulis on percussion. They are relatively new to the Anchorage music scene, with having formed as a band in 2015 and releasing their first EP this past month.
“Our first time playing together was a couple years ago at Chugiak High School’s Battle of the Bands. We wrote a song and learned a cover, and realized we weren’t actually that bad after that. We’ve kept it going ever since,” Sparkman said.
The group brings endless amounts of originality to the table, and their EP titled “Not Your Grandpa’s Devil Music” is full of influences ranging from classic rock to psychedelic funk. The track titled “Dollhouses” was the first song they ever wrote and recorded as a band, and truly captures the style and image Sundog projects.
“I like to call us a heavy funkadelic group. But we take pride in not really falling under any one genre,” Lynd said.
Sundog writes and records all their own music, and says that each member is influenced by different artists and bands that help aide in their unique sound.
“We all come from different backgrounds in terms of what music we listen to. I like a lot of progressive and classic rock, and also a lot of ’90s metal,” Lynd said.
Since the release of their EP, Sundog has already booked multiple shows, and have been enjoying every moment of it. From the ambiance a live audience gives off to the way their music changes once they’re on stage, it is easy to see that Sundog will be playing as many shows as possible in their future.
“We love to jam. When we play live we will have a song set and practiced, but on stage we play it totally different. It’s my favorite thing,” Sparkman said.
When discussing some of the difficulties that they face trying to make it as a band in Anchorage, Sundog says the hardest part is finding shows that are all ages.
“Being 19, we can only play all ages shows, so no bars. That makes it really hard to land anything, just because Anchorage shows are almost always 21 or older,” Lynd said.
Sundog’s music stands out among Anchorage’s other bands, simply because of the style of music they put out. Being something different and something worth listening to is a hard concept to master, and it seems that Sundog has figured it out early in the game. As they grow as a band and put out more music, they will without a doubt create a buzz around their name. Sundog is just getting started on their climb to success.