A Rocking Blues Band Straight From the Arizona Desert
Until the Sun, a Rocking Blues band, was formed in 2017. Their music includes and often fuses elements of Blues, Alternative Rock, Pink-Floyd-esque Psychedelia, and Jazz. Until the Sun quickly began playing national shows, has opened up for famous Blues and Rock artists, and has played world renowned venues. The band includes Brandon Teskey on lead guitar, Bruce Jensen on lead vocals and bass guitar (as well as occasional rhythm guitar and/or keys/electronics), and Chris Tex on drums. Until the Sun completed their first album, ‘Blackheart’, in 2018. Mary Lou DePue lended her glorious voice to several of the tracks, as Until the Sun enjoys working with and featuring additional artists when a song calls out for them. Brandon, Bruce, and Chris all poured their hearts and souls into striving for what was before unattained levels of musicianship, songwriting, tone, performance, and reaching new levels of professionalism that continued to develop during the recording of Blackheart and continues today. Blackheart was released January, 2019 and the band is planning its first national tour.
Brandon Teskey was born and raised in Southern California. By age 5 he was playing with toy guitars and had dreams of becoming a ‘rock star’. After months of endlessly trying to convince his parents to buy him a real guitar, they finally did, and at age 11 Brandon quickly became obsessed, spending hours practicing every day. Brandon was exposed to Blues music shortly thereafter and became consumed with the playing of Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Albert King, Robert Johnson, Albert Collins, and T-Bone Walker, as well as Rock artists like Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, and Eric Johnson. Along with his obsession with guitar playing also came the obsession of song writing and almost as soon as he had picked up the instrument, he began coming up with chord progressions and penning lyrics.
By the time Brandon was 15 years old, he had joined an established blues band with some members forty years his senior and by the time he was 16, he had played the prominent San Juan Capistrano venue The Coach House, where he had seen many of his idols play as a kid. Brandon further developed his playing, becoming intrigued with the technical and harmonic sophistication of players like Scott Henderson, Robben Ford, and Eric Johnson and began studying the works of Jazz musicians like Charlie Parker, Wes Montgomery, Django Reinhardt, and Joe Pass.
Brandon moved to Arizona to attend Arizona State University in the summer of 2003, studying Music and Philosophy. While attending ASU, he met Bruce Jensen where they formed their first Rock band, playing gigs all across the Phoenix valley. Brandon formed and played in multiple bands during his college years and also met his future wife, Cori. Brandon graduated in the Fall of 2008 with a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy, married his wife Cori, and joined the Army, eventually serving as an infantry captain.
In 2011 Brandon and Bruce formed bluesy hard rock band ‘Corium’. The band released an EP and opened for many national performers across Arizona. In 2011, Brandon began working on his first novel, a historical fiction called, Insurrection; An Epic Novel About the Maccabean Revolt, which was published in 2015, and received notable positive reviews. Brandon released ‘The Chime’, a solo rock instrumental album which combined influences of Rock, Delta Blues, Electronic Rock, and Jazz.
In 2017 Brandon, Bruce, and Chris formed ‘Until the Sun’, which allowed Brandon to return to his Blues-Rock roots and opened up new doors of creativity in his song writing and playing. Brandon lives in Arizona with his wife Cori, and their two children.
Lead Vocals, Bass
Bruce Jensen was born at Edwards Air Force Base in Maryland, to active-duty military parents. His younger years were spent moving from place to place, having grown up in Maryland, Northern and Central Arizona, Dallas and Denton Texas, and back to Arizona again, where he remained in the Phoenix area through his formative years. Bruce first caught the music bug at age 10 when he met an older neighbor kid who played guitar in a band. However, Bruce’s parents were definitely not huge music fans, and did not provide much in the way of encouragement in that direction – instead being more encouraging of him playing sports and concentrating on his grades in school. However, he did convince them to get him a cheap guitar and some lessons, which he never really took to at the time. A couple of years later, he made friends with a kid who introduced him to Hard Rock and Metal, and he was instantly and forever hooked! He took and obsessive liking to Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Motley Crue, Korn, Deftones, Sepultura, Pantera, and others of the same ilk and era – and picked up the guitar again, this time learning to play it. His first, and last band experience of that era occurred at his middle-school talent show, where he played guitar and sang, and was received with a standing ovation and the talent show win. However, his friend and drummer moved out of state shortly after, and Bruce stopped playing, and instead became interested in other things through his teenage – mainly racing BMX bikes, rebuilding classic muscle cars, chasing girls, and partying.
After graduating high school with honors (somehow, in hindsight), Bruce attended The University of Arizona in Tucson, quickly dropped out after partying his time away, and joined the Marine Corps. During his 4years as a Marine, he cultivated a real love for music beyond his metal-head roots – gaining a deep appreciation for classic rock, the blues, and electronic music – and decided to pick up the guitar again and vowed to join or start a band after he had finished his service.