Here’s the thing: you might start a band as a goof, but you don’t really get to decide if it stays that way. If the songs are good, if the shows are good, then things can develop a momentum all of their own. Sunami know a little about this phenomenon.
It’s pretty straightforward to see how it all started, and the reasons why it’s currently going the way it is for the San Jose band. Sunami’s Twitter can sometimes appear to be the dumbest thing on Earth or a layers-deep meta-hardcore bit, and it’s not that their music doesn’t have the capacity to be funny, either. It’s almost comically heavy, for example, while one of the hardest mosh calls in a short discography packed with them is, 'Y’all softer than baby shit, I’ll try to turn off your nightlight, bitch!'
But that heaviness is wielded with so much nous and built-in hardcore knowledge, so much low-end heft and crushing scuzziness, that it quickly becomes a serious case of mosh or be moshed on. In a San Jose/Santa Cruz scene stacked to the gills with exciting bands, you have to go some to stand out even a little bit, and Sunami stand out more than most.
“We definitely didn’t plan to have the success that we’ve been having, but we’ve just been excited by the whole journey,” vocalist Josef Alfonso says. “The goal is still to only have fun, but with a crowd reaction like the ones that we get during our shows, like, during the set, we just smile at each other. We’re just amazed that people even know our lyrics.”