Who is Caffeine Sunday?
Caffeine Sunday is the duo of Edmonton-area musicians Christopher Nash and Ryan Ezinga. Both write original synthpop songs and perform together as a live band. Christopher fronts the group, handling lead vocals as well as serving as chief synth and computer programmer, engineer, and keyboard player. Ryan plays acoustic and electric guitar, keyboards, and lends vocal talents both in a backing role and lead role.
Where did the name Caffeine Sunday come from?
The band formed circa 1997, and at the time called itself Caffeine because it was a catchy name, lent a nice comparison between the drug's natural effect and the energetic nature of the band's music, and also happened to be one of Ryan's favourite substances.It soon became apparent, though, that the name would not be unique. Searches soon proved there were other 'Caffeine' bands out there, so after some serious thought Ryan and Christopher settled on Caffeine Sunday. "It just seemed to stick, it was a memorable name that seemed to fit with our music," says Christopher. Ryan adds that the name reflects the emotions of a coffee-fed, burnt out, introspective, recovering day-after, so to speak.
What style of music is Caffeine Sunday?
The band calls it synthpop for the sake of calling it something. Many bands have problems coming up with a suitable label for their musical style. Synth-pop-style bands especially have problems being categorized, even after years of success, numerous hits, lots of money and with the aid of mega-size record companies whose job is to promote the bands. Synthpop, euro pop, electronica, alternative, techno, new wave, dance, rock/pop, whatever, many are used to describe bands like Erasure, Depeche Mode, and Pet Shop Boys. They also apply to Caffeine Sunday. The Edmonton group makes music that is melancholy yet energetic, dancy but melodic, electronic yet human. Thoughtful lyrics mix with snappy beats and unabashed emotion to create a unique, identifiable power pop. But for the sake of record stores and radio charts, call it synthpop.
Does Caffeine Sunday play live?
Absolutely. In fact live performance is one of the main focuses of the group, drawing inspiration from groundbreaking British bands of the early 1980s, such as Duran Duran and Depeche Mode, that brought synthesizers and sequencers to the stage successfully.On stage, the band consists of Christopher on lead vocals, guitar and occasional synths, Ryan on vocals, guitars and keyboards, Pamela Steil backing and occasional lead vocals. Their technologically democratic approach sometimes incorporates guest musicians like Joel Ezinga on drums, Kirk Liedl on keyboard, and Glen Mikesh on guitar.
Is Caffeine Sunday an '80s band?
No, though they are influenced by the work of noted so-called '80s bands like the Cure and New Order. Caffeine Sunday's music is original, catchy and a healthy alternative to status quo bands, which keeps in the spirit of the great new wave bands of the late '70s and '80s, but modern dance music influences like trance and house also mix into the musical pot, as do timeless pop songwriting qualities.
How does the band record its songs?
Caffeine Sunday records all of its own material in their home studios. All the singing, synths, drum loops, guitars and other musical instruments are recorded digitally into Apple Macintosh computers, then mixed onto CDs.