Today we are introducing Son of the Sun as or newest Buffalo Foodies. This band has been on my radar since Alli saw them play live at Nietzsche’s and came back telling me about their impressive show. So I went on their myspace page to hear some songs and I was pleasantly surprised. So, when I decided to reach out to more local bands to be featured as Buffalo Foodies, they were one of the first one’s I thought of. As it turns out, the entire band aren’t Buffalo natives, but I got a hold of both Joseph Stocker (far left, guitar/keyboards) and Jeremy Franklin (middle, guitar) who are currently still living in Buffalo.
In June they released their debut full length album The Happy Loss (available on iTunes) and currently are playing shows all over. They just recently played a show in NYC as part of the 2010 CMJ Music Marathon and will be playing in Buffalo on Saturday December 11th at Nietzsche’s.
Here’s what Joe and Jeremy had to do say about their favorite places in Buffalo….
Where do like to go out to eat in Western New York?
Joe: I’m pretty simple..Towne Restaurant (breakfast food which is my favorite) at any hour. Coles (the Mangy Moose Burger), Merge for something different. I always know what to expect never too busy and all have good coffee(very important)…if i want something a little swankier end ill go to Left Bank.
Where are your favorite places to relax and grab a drink?
Jeremy: As much as I frequent Allen I don’t particularly favor any one bar. When Staples was still Staples and didn’t have Electronica/DJ nights, I loved hanging there and grabbing a pint. I know it is pretty new but Blue Monk really offers the atmosphere I have been searching for for years, as does Aroma on Bryant.
Joe: The Pink, Founding Fathers and very recently discovered North (in the Hotel Lenox)
If you had a friend visiting from out of town, where would you take them for a good time in Buffalo?
Jeremy: Okay, I know it is not “Buffalo” but I have taken pretty much every person I know to Pizza Plant at one point for dinner and drinks. If I had the time, I would franchise one in the Elmwood area. The service is very slow, (or should I give them the benefit of the doubt and say laid back European) but when I am in there, I am never in a rush to leave. Also, I think Pano’s gives a good representation of the city and has a little something for everyone.
What are some food memories you have from growing up in Western New York?
Jeremy: My mom was a very healthy cook growing up and never really prepared anything off the wall. Although, it did teach me that things do not need to be drowned in butter, salt, oil etc. for them to taste delicious. I also remember 50% of my youth being spent at The Ground Round and Chi Chi’s.
Joe: I loved eating breakfast for dinner.
Are there any food/cuisines you wish Buffalo had more of?
Jeremy: I have spent a lot of time in the Boston area and am a seafood nut. I know that it is difficult to keep seafood fresh but I would love somewhere that really specializes in shellfish, and other interesting dishes.
Joe: Crepes!! to my knowledge there isn’t an exclusive place that specializes in them. There is a really cool place in Toronto called “Cafe Crepe” its amazing…cheap and you can get anything imaginable inside of one. The vibe of the place is cool as well..and has a take out window if you don’t feel like dining in. Also I haven’t come across any in buffalo but there is a french Macaron shop in NYC called “Bisous Ciao” that is amazing…its all they sell. nothing else…not even drinks. You just see little rows of these colorful goods..id never had one until a few months ago. blew my mind.its hard to explain in words how amazing these little things are.
We’d like to thank Jeremy and Joe for taking time out of their busy schedules to answer some questions. We’d also like to thank Son of the Sun’s manager Vinny for helping us get a hold of the band. Go check out their myspace or youtube page if you want to hear what they sound like and if you like it go on iTunes and pick up their album! Or if you’re a vinyl freak they are selling their album The Happy Loss on vinyl along with a digital download.