Ski Club of Great Britain present Sunset Sons at the Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Festival on the 27th October.
The band have rose to fame since forming in France in 2013 to recently announcing a support slot with Nothing But Thieves on their UK Tour. Before the band prepare to rock The Ski Club of Great Britain stage we caught up with drummer Jed Laidlaw, and asked about Sunset Sons’ journey from après ski band to playing major festivals.
How did the band get started?
Jed Laidlaw: “We actually all met in a little bar by the beach in Hossegor, France called Le Surfing. I was teaching surfing down in the South West and I stopped by the bar for a beer and that night Rory (singer/piano) was doing a little gig.
“We got talking after and decided we were going to form a band and go up to the Alps the next winter to make some money because Rory had heard it was possible. He also said, ‘it would be easy cos all the bands up there are rubbish’. We never really made any money…”
What were the complications of playing at so many ski resorts?
JL: “There’s a lot. Long drives in the snow late at night after gigs are the worst. I’ve had my life flash before my eyes a few times thinking we were going to get snow ploughed off the road. We actually hit ice once and did a 50/50 grind up the central reservation. I have no idea how we survived.”
Which resort was the best to play live?
JL: “Tignes was always home turf but all the resorts we played were fun. Val d’Isere is close to our hearts and little La Tania too.”
Which member of the band is the best skier/boarder on the mountain?
JL: “Rory goes the fastest on skis. The first season we couldn’t even afford lift passes. We were living on baked bean baguettes and hiking to where we knew the lifts had no barriers some days. Not easy with a hangover.