What started out as a solo project for Saint John resident Cody Hicks has turned into a full-fledged band. Not that Hicks is one to argue the point. Formed in 2011, Verse The Sun recently released their full-length debut effort And Moon at the start of February. The alternative rock group performs at Moncton’s Plan B Lounge Saturday night along side Vandalay and December Fall Out.
Music has played a big part in Hicks’ life for quite some time now. He got his first guitar from his grandfather at age 14, learning the works of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. He formed his first band by age 16 and hasn’t looked back.
“I started writing songs when I was 16 and have done so since,” he says.
Hicks tells The Times & Transcript that Verse The Sun was born after his previous group disbanded in the fall of 2011.
“I was busy writing songs and wanted to record them but I was also looking to have full control over the production and arrangement aspects of the songs. I recorded a five-song EP and released that last May. I was really happy with the way that the songs turned out and thought putting a band together to play these songs live was the next logical step.”
Hicks contacted his former bandmate Brad Small to join the group on bass, adding guitarist Jack Leonard and vocalist Pat Spears to help round out the group. At the present time, those members along with Nick Hopper on drums comprise Verse The Sun.
“Pat and I have known one another since the time that we were in Grade 9 where the friendship between Brad and I and Jack and I dates back to elementary school. There is a lot of history between us and as time goes on, we have become a much tighter band as well.”
With a video for the group’s track “Fire Run” already completed, Hicks shares that another Verse The Sun video is indeed in the group’s future as well. And though And Moon is just over a month old, he says the group is looking to start production of their next record in June.
“We are trying to move forward and reach out to potential fans one at a time. Without our fans, we can’t do it so we stay on our toes and just try to continually write better songs, be a great live band and play a bunch of shows to hopefully help us gain more fans.”
Article published in the March 21, 2013 edition of the Times & Transcript