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Sounds of Buffalo: Mosswalk


Sean McNamara – guitar and vocals

Jamie Sunshine – drums and vocals

Dan Heuskin – bass and vocals

Ryan Cass – keys and vocals

What led to the naming of your band?

We wanted an earthy, organic name as a big source of inspiration for our music is an appreciation of natural beauty. We like the idea of linking musical sounds and ideas to the emotions one gets from the various phenomena of nature. And ultimately we wanted a name no-one else had or would have, which led us to coining “Mosswalk”. The “moss” provides the nature while the “walk” puts the music in motion.

When did it form?

During summer 2017, Dan, Sean and Ryan began working on a catalog of music, essentially in isolation. After getting 15 or 20 songs down, they found Jamie.

Who writes the music?

Sean writes a good chunk of the music, but the improvisational aspect gives the tunes a decidedly group-orientated compositional element. Dan has also written some key songs in the catalog.

How would you describe the sound? 

Electric, progressive, alternative, and improvisational rock.

Where are you from originally? If not from Buffalo, why are you here?

The band is a Buffalo band. Sean is from Troy, NY originally, but has lived here for several years. Dan is from Long Island and stayed after studying at UB. Dan and Ryan are regional natives.

What are some of the band’s influences? 

Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, Phish, Yes, the Allman Brothers, Santana, 90s alternative, etc.

Are you schooled in music? From where? 

Jamie has degrees in music from Fredonia and West Virginia. Ryan is a music student at UB. S

Where is your favorite place to play/sing in Buffalo? 

Nietzsche’s! We also really dig the opportunities we’ve been getting at Iron Works. Sporstmens is also a fantastic room but while some of the members have played there in other projects, Mosswalk has yet to rock the room.

What’s your day job? 

Sean drives Uber a bunch to pay the rent.

What was the last live music performance that you caught? 

Folkfaces do a fantastic “Brassband, Dixieland, Americana and Burlesque” night at Mohawk place which Sean caught recently. Folkfaces are fantastic!

Do you play/sing covers or all originals? Or a combination of both?

The vast majority is original. Covers are for fun and we try to do special things with them. For instance, we do “Peaches” by The Presidents of the United States of America into Zappa’s “Peaches en Regalia” back into “Peaches”. We call it the “Peaches Sandwich”.

If you could play/sing with one famous band/musician (any time in history), what/who would that be?

Dan would pick Phil Lesh or Zeppelin or Yes, Jamie and Ryan would pick Paul McCartney, and Sean would pick Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Django Reinhardt, or Traffic circa the early 70s.

If you were stranded on a deserted island with a hand crank phonograph and one album, what would that album be?

Allman Brothers, Live at the Fillmore. Or Electric Ladyland.

Do you have a label? A recording studio? Have you recorded a CD?

We are releasing our first studio album, “Mangata”, 2.12.19. Cody Morse from Deadwolf was our engineer and we plan on keeping him on our team. His “Afterglow Studios” is amazing and he’s a treat to work with. Very creative, attentive, and positive. He pulled some really good stuff out of us during those sessions.

Where and when is your next gig(s) in the city? 

Nietzsche’s 2.16.19 for our album release party!

If music was a food what would it be?

It would be like a glorious colorful buffet!

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Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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