New York’s genre-bending trio City of the Sun have been breaking instrumental-rock norms since their inception in 2011. The band’s sound has an array of influences including indie rock, American folk, flamenco, and blues; it’s been called worldly, cinematic, a mix between Rodrigo y Gabriela and Explosions in the Sky. City of the Sun features guitarists John Pita, Avi Snow, and percussionist Zach Para. Having honed their signature sound as buskers in NYC, they gained wider attention playing TED Talk conferences and Sofar Sounds sessions across the US, and posting live videos from exotic locations around the world.
COS has since been established as a powerhouse group in the post-rock sphere. They’ve sold out New York’s top indie venues Irving Plaza, Bowery Ballroom and Gramercy Theater; toured with Peter Bjorn & John, G.Love, STS9, and Thievery Corporation; were featured emerging artists at Billboard’s Hot 100, Firefly, and Bottle Rock Napa music festivals; and scored “The C Word” documentary soundtrack (directed by Meghan O’Hara and narrated by Morgan Freeman).
In 2016, City of the Sun released their first live album to the sun and all the cities in between, debuting at #12 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. Lead track “Everything” hit #2 on Spotify’s US Viral 50 chart and #5 on Global Viral Chart, and has over nine million streams to date on the platform.
This year the band has released several singles and completed their first European tour. Their new single “Firefly” is expected to come out this fall.
We don’t get much instrumental rock these days… Yeah, lyrics can make it easier to convey mood/meaning, but if you can do that with just a sonic landscape, you’re a true master of your art. And City of the Sun are shaping up to be master artisans.Baebel Music
…the all-instrumental band formed by guitarists Avi Snow and John Pita and percussionist Zach Para, achieved success by reverting to the “old fashioned” way of presenting music (lots of touring, lots of busking)—albeit with a side of social media.Gotham Magazine
It seemed as though the aggressive guitar work skated right atop post-rock chord progressions that were held down by a cajon and tambourine. The New York City band’s modern flamenco influence begged comparisons to Rodrigo Y Gabriela, showing the crowd that headbanging acoustic music exists.JamBase
Oozing exotic charm, City of the Sun is a NYC trio that plays passionate, instrumental, acoustic music that marries caliente Flamenco with brainy post rock – and, just FYI, the former has the upper hand.Paolo De Gregorio, The Deli Magazine
The band recently released a beautiful new record titled To The Sun And All The Cities In Between. It’s a collection of songs that spin the globe in a way only City of The Sun can, reflecting on the cultures of South America, Spain, North Africa, The Middle East, and more as it cycles through. In session “Dance of the Dead”, “Those Days Are Now”, and “You and I…and New York” are hypnotic and dramatic, shifting dynamics and textures as the band charges through an impassioned performance.Baeble Music | http://www.baeblemusic.com/concert-video/baeble-hq/city-of-the-sun.html
So, as a band, the music COS creates is a guide to help light your own way, encourage your own interpretation and feel your own feelings – to a fantastic playlist. The soundscape that COS offers, Pink Floydesque at times, is so vast that we can all exist together within its flexible boundaries and remain, uniquely ourselves. Even the meaning of their name, City of the Sun, is up for our own personal definition.Skip to This | http://www.skiptothis.com/songs/2017/10/14/city-of-the-sun