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Just as a bright light can pierce the darkness, the penetrating tones of alt-pop quartet, Cemetery Sun illuminate with an electric, contemporary sound that is shaking up the West Coast. 

Influenced by alternative rock, pop, and R&B, the project began when Northern California natives Josh Doty (singer), Austen Butler (drummer), Elliot Polokoff (guitarist/producer), Jesse Mancillas (bassist) and Matt Scarpelli (Lead Guitar) met in the studio. "The vibe was there. From the first playback, to the final mix, we knew we had crafted something truly memorable,” writes Elliot. “The rest of it followed suit. We grew at a rate none of us could have ever imagined." The band finds its center around the idea of overcoming life’s self-imposed obstacles, learning to love what surrounds them, and ultimately discovering who they are and how to pave the way for others. It is a sound that seeks clarity. 

Cemetery Sun’s debut EP culminates the collective effort of a year’s worth of writing. The band composed over 30 songs before heading into the studio to record. Their rhythmic and visceral single, "(Hard Drugs) Fake Love" has been geared up for national release. “It’s a song that defines the façades you witness going out-- people who are jaded, lost in feelings of lust, selfishness, or vice-related highs. The song serves as a constant reminder of how easy it is to find yourself alone in that scene-- a state where you can so quickly forget who your real friends are and what truly makes you happy."




Kings of A&R

"LA’s Cemetery Sun has released a new song ‘Wish It Was Love‘ and video from their forthcoming EP scheduled for an early 2016 release. There is a big open space for a good band in the alternative rock scene and Cemetery Sun is filling that spot. They got traction with the last single (Hard Drugs) Fake Love and their new offering is just as catchy with its strong chorus and harmonies."

Alternative Press

Kings of A&R

“California alternative rock act Cemetery Sun releases (Hard Drugs) Fake Love. It’s upbeat, catchy, combining guitars and synths making Cemetery Sun one of the few alternative acts that could burst on the mainstream.”

Submerge Magazine [cover + feature; print + online]

“Also featured early and on one of our covers is Cemetery Sun, who are in fact my new favorite localband. This polished punk band has a killer EP coming out and will be celebrating the release of the six-song gem on Sept. 5 at The Boardwalk in Orangevale. I rarely say this, but without a doubt Cemetery Sun’s self-titled EP will be on our “Top Albums of 2015” list in December.”

I Heart Moosiq

“With a compelling, infectious mash up of alt rock, pop, and hip hop beats comes Cemetery Sun, a band based out of Sacramento. Cemetery Sun is gearing up torelease a self titled debut EP this fall, and the first single off the record is a fantastic tune named (Hard Drugs) Fake Love. The moment I heard it I was hooked. It’s a raw and emotive anthem, immediately gripping and hooking.”


Cemetery Sun’s “Hard Drugs” is a great end of summer anthem. This tune is perfect for pop rock lovers everywhere. Do yourself a favor and check these guys out at a venue near you.

The Music News Site

“Showcasing their knack for melodic, rhythm driven rock, the single is a fantastic example of why their EP should be on your listening list”


“Deep lyrics and light alt rock melody, the perfect jam to the coming end of Summer.”




  • Club Dada, Dallas TX
  • 502 Bar, San Antonio, TX
  • House of Rock, Corpus Christi, TX
  • Warehouse, Houston TX
  • The High Watt, Nashville, TN
  • Zydeco, Birmingham, AL
  • Vinyl, Atlanta, GA
  • The Rabbit Hole, Charlotte, NC
  • Valley Bar, Phoneix, AZ
  • The Casbah, San Diego, CA
  • Jub Jub's - Reno, NV
  • Bootleg Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
  • The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA
  • The Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
  • Mercury Ballroom - Louisville, Ky
  • Marina Jeep Arena - Rochester, Ny
  • The Opera House - Toronto, On
  • WRAT's Nutcracker Ball - Sayreville, Nj
  • TLA - Philadelphia, Pa
  • Warsaw - Brooklyn, Ny
  • Brighton Music Hall - Boston, Ma
  • House of Blues - Cleveland, Oh
  • The A&R
  • Music Bar - Columbus, Oh
  • Deluxe at Old National Center - Indianapolis, In
  • Shelter - Detroit, Mi
  • Bottom Lounge - Chicago, Il
  • The Rave - Milwaukee, Wi
  • Triple Rock - Minneapolis, Mn
  • Old Rock House - St Louis, Mo
  • The Tank Room - Kansas City, Mo
  • Bluebird Theater - Denver, Co
  • Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, Ut 
  • Sayers Club - LA, Ca
  • Great American Music Hall - SF, Ca
  • Slim's - SF, Ca
  • Ace of Spades - Sacramento, Ca
  • The Boardwalk - Sacramento, Ca
  • Assembly Music Hall - Sacramento, Ca
  • Bottom of the Hill - SF, Ca
  • Hard Rock - Lake Tahoe, Ca
  • Harlows - Sacramento, Ca
  • Powerhouse Pub - Folsom, Ca
  • Starlite Lounge - Sacramento, Ca
  • The Blue Lamp - Sacramento, Ca
  • The Press Club - Sacramento, Ca
  • The Trocadero - Roseville, Ca
  • The Union - Roseville, Ca



  • Sirius/XM ALTnation
  • Live 105, San Francisco
  • Alt 98.7, Los Angeles
  • 98 Rock, Sacramento, Ca
  • KKDO-FM Sacramento, Ca
  • WBTZ-FM Berlington, VT
  • KXNA-FM Fayetteville, AR
  • KYRK-FM Corpus Christi, Tx
  • WEDG-FM Buffalo, Ny
  • WFUZ-FM Wilkes-Barre
  • KTBZ-FM Houston, Tx
  • WOLT-FM Indianapolis
  • KQGO-FM Minneapolis



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