ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Bret Constantino is breathing a little easier now. This is in part because his new music is finally being released.
“We worked on the new songs for the better half of a year,” he says during a recent interview. “Then the entire release process just took some time. It’s been a while since the songs came to fruition and we’re just happy to have them out.”
Constantino is a member of the San Francisco-based psychedelic rock band Sleepy Sun. The band released its fourth album, “Maui Tears,” on Jan. 28.
Constantino says the band, which includes Jack Allen, Matthew Holliman, Evan Reiss and Brian Tice, had to keep the new music on the down-low for nearly a year.
“We didn’t know when it was going to be released,” he says. “So we kind of all kept it quiet not to get people’s hopes up.”
Constantino says the band didn’t perform any of the songs until the recording studio sessions. This was to see how the songs would evolve, he says.
Constantino says Sleepy Sun took its time in writing the new material for “Maui Tears.”
“We had an urgency with the last album,” he says. “We let the songs come to us. We didn’t limit ourselves in any way. The songs came together effortlessly because we didn’t have any guidelines (for this album). It worked out.”
During the writing, the entire band worked together as a unit.
“We did break apart to do the rhythm section,” he says. “When we did that, I would work on the lyrics and stuff.”
Though things worked out, Constantino says there were plenty of hurdles in the way.
“One of the biggest ones is that I live in Texas now,” he says. “The rest of the band lives in San Francisco, and I would fly back and forth for rehearsals. Luckily, we were almost done with the album when I moved.”