“I grew up playing worship music, but that can feel limited and contained,” says Simony, “Sounds of Satellites has no boundaries and it’s a blast.”
For Junior Cameron Simony and his Orange County-based band, Sound of Satellites, their passion for making music has stemmed from the desire to branch out and deliver raw songs with emotion.
Simony’s band is made up of himself, as bass-guitar and vocals, the bandleader, Chance Espinoza, and lead guitarist, Sean Fadling.
With an emphasis in alternative rock, Sounds of Satellites’ top music influences including bands such as Color Revolt, Manchester Orchestra, and Pedro the Lion. “I’ve always been more inclined to listen to music that tells it how it is – no filter,” says Simony, “I love how honest and raw the songs [we write] are.”
Simony joined the band in 2015 and has since experienced what it is like to go on a band tour and have one’s own music available online.
The band’s nine-stop tour this summer began on July 10 in Camarillo, California, passing through Colorado, Wyoming, and concluding in Cedar City, Utah on July 21. While in Utah, Simony and his fellow band members decided to advertise for their gig using social media and even used the dating application, Tinder, to meet new people who would be interested in attending.
“I matched with a girl (on Tinder), invited her to the show, didn’t tell her I was in the band, and met up at the venue,” Simony said, “When she wasn’t looking, my band made its way to the stage and played a heck of a rock and roll set and blew her mind; that was my favorite tour story.”
Before the tours and the various songs were written, however, lead singer and songwriter for Sounds of Satellites, Chance Espinoza created the band with the intent to make what he calls “truly honest music” because of the positive difference he believes it can make.
“It’s weird that authenticity is the exception and not the norm,” Espinoza says, “it’s easy to fake an aesthetic of raw emotion or even fabricate vulnerability, but I want the real thing.”
In the band’s album, God in Quotes, Simony cites the song “Forfeit”, as his favorite tune from the album. Espinoza explains the meaning of his lyrics in Forfeit by saying, “‘It takes more than a sin’ is like saying a mistake won’t divide you from God – it’s the belief that it can, and buying into that belief that does the trick.”
Espinoza and Simony continue to work together on projects, including future tours as well as the growth of their side-project band, Dad Legs, which is gaining popularity for its album, Calf Tats, found on thedadlegsbandcamp.com.
If you’re looking for some new music, be sure to check out Sounds of Satellites and Dad Legs via Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp, and Soundcloud for a new unrestricted sound.