In The Cellar – Sunny Gang
Sunny Gang is a four-man, punk-rap band from Newark, NJ. Based around a shared love for music, partying, and all things gnarly, the band draws influences from genres as wide-ranging as punk, hip-hop, rock-n-roll, ska and hardcore with the sole purpose of moving crowds by any means necessary.
Formed on campus at Rutgers-Newark in early 2012, front-man “Nasty” Nate Hitchcock, guitarist Chris Bacchus, bassist Joe Sap and mononymous drummer Marshal quickly began to establish themselves as a local spectacle in the Newark underground music scene, performing in bars, lofts, art galleries, The Newark Bears Stadium, skate shops and anywhere else that could handle their energetic stage presence and wild fans. By December of that year, Sunny Gang began catching the interest of a handful of local media outlets, most notably the Brooklyn-based website/organization AFROPUNK who called the band “proudly hedonistic” and applauded them for “working overtime to rehabilitate rap/rock’s shattered image.”
In their short career, the band has quickly thrust themselves into the national spotlight with memorable appearances at the 2013 and 2014 installments of AfroPunkFest and Skate & Surf Festival 2014. The band was also selected to showcase at 2015’s CMJ Music Marathon, and are currently part of Red Bull Sound Select’s emerging artists roster. Their music and performances have caught the interest of outlets like RollingStone.com, BrooklynVegan, Okayplayer, The Village Voice, Time Out New York and more, further cementing the band’s reputation as force to be reckoned with. Aside from their festival appearances, performed at renowned DIY venues, including Brooklyn Night Bazaar (RIP), Glasslands (RIP), and The Meatlocker, and performed at larger venues like Rough Trade NYC, SLAKE, and The Studio at Webster Hall. Sunny Gang has shared the stage with an incredible roster of artists, including Danny Brown, Trash Talk, Bad Brains, Cerebral Ballzy, SZA, Phony Ppl, Shinobi Ninja, Kool A.D. (of Das Racist), Mykki Blanco, DJ Sliink, Nadus, The White Mandingos (featuring legendary underground MC Murs and Daryl Jenifer of Bad Brains), and fellow NJ punk rappers Ho99o9.
April 2016 will see Sunny Gang release Party/Animal their highly-anticipated debut LP. The album’s first 2 singles, Godzilla! and Soap Scum have received high praise from reviewers, drawing comparisons to “Faith No More or the Beastie Boys, but with a heavier sound and no DJ (thank god)” and being applauded for showcasing “the band at their tightest with surprising musical complexity hiding underneath their wave of destruction.” Sunny Gang will also be embarking on its first tour in early 2016 in support of Party/Animal. Until then, the band can be found at the end of a trail of ashes, empty beer cans, and smashed guitars.