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New day rising: Getting to know Vegas trio The First Sun

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The First Sun opens for Seattle indie band The Cave Singers on June 8.
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Lineup: The band comprises singer/guitarist Zach Saucier (Payola Presley), bassist Aly Prudence (Dusty Sunshine, The Van der Rohe) and drummer Alex Acevedo (Dante’s Inferno). “We’ve all been playing in this town for about 20-plus years,” Saucier says. “We’re all from old-school punk backgrounds. I don’t know what took so long, but we all finally got together to do a project.”

Connection: Prudence and Saucier’s friendship dates back to their days at Basic High School. “We spend an awful lot of time laughing,” Prudence says. Saucier says the band’s chemistry developed quickly. “It was almost unspoken. It evolved very organically.”

First spin: The locomotive, rockabilly-infused “Artax.” With jangly verses and a sing-along chorus not far from your favorite punk anthems—this one has a definite Southwestern spirit. “The songs have transformed from an acoustic variation to a flavor that we’ve all kind of concocted while working together within the last year,” Prudence says.

Influences: Everything from punk rock and golden oldies to classic country. “Our influences are all pretty much the same,” Saucier says. “We all grew up listening to the Misfits, we all grew up listening to Johnny Cash and The Cramps. We’re like this melting pot of soul, punk, rockabilly—mashing that all together.”

Upcoming: The trio, which has played with locals ranging from Thee Swank Bastards to The Rhyolite Sound, opens for Seattle indie band The Cave Singers (Jagjaguwar Records) June 8 at the Bunkhouse. Saucier also expects to unveil a debut EP sometime this summer. “We’ve been refining our sound, and now we’re ready to come out and represent.”

soundcloud.com/the-first-sun

The First Sun opening for The Cave Singers with The Acid Sisters. June 8, 8 p.m., $10-$12. Bunkhouse Saloon, 702-982-1764.

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