Sunset sons breaking waves in 2016
Sunset sons are a band that has come from relative obscurity, forming in a region not well known for its musical talent exports, a surfer haven town called “Hossegor” located in the South of France. Alcohol-fueled creative outbursts on the piano from singer Rory Williams in the local “Le Surfing” bar one night caught the interest of Drummer Jed Laidlaw, the two then pulled together a four piece band (joined by Bassist Pete and guitarist Rob) that quickly began churning out successful EP’s in 2014 that landed them to Number One in the ITunes Rock chart. Supporting Imagine Dragons throughout their arena tour in 2015 has garnered Sunset Sons a huge fan base across the UK and Europe, as well as playing at multiple festivals. The tour has catapulted them from being a band that initially performed covers songs to landing straight into the BBC Sound of 2015 long list along with industry heavyweights like Wolf Alice and James Bay.
Their new album, “Very Rarely Say Die” (released back in April) was recorded in a legendary Nashville studio with producer Jacquire King (who’s worked with the likes of Tom Waits and Kings of Leon). It is a catchy and addictive collection of tracks documenting the bands experiences with travelling rough, touring hard, having fleeting thrilling romances, and like many new artists breaking into the music industry, a questioning of career choice. Rory’s voice would definitely appeal to fans of Kings of Leon, (as it has the same gritty quality as Caleb Followill) as well as fans of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. “Very Rarely Say Die” is a light hearted rock n roll album, the music reflecting on a band that doesn’t take themselves too seriously in light of their impressive debut but also showcasing how their passion and constant playing live shows has landed them a solid and really well received album. As is the case with a lot of bands, the recorded albums are sonically more constrained, as their live show at the Limelight brought a lot of raw energy and rock n roll piano that needs to be seen live to be appreciated fully.
Personally I find the lyrics of some songs to be uncomplicated and safe; but then again Sunset Sons are a band that are riding the waves of life and enjoying the scenery as they go by, without anything too deep and dark to comment on. At the live show, there were some great interactions between the crowd and lead singer Rory, a true showman who really gets the crowd going. Tracks like “She wants”, “On the road”, “Know my name” and “Somewhere maybe” were massive crowd pleasers and they even played a few new songs to whet the fans appetites for future Album Number Two. “Gold” was a standout song for many, as the guys jammed gloriously well, incorporating groove rock elements while Rory rapped the lyrics. It’s surprising and works really well; Sunset Sons are a fantastic live band without a doubt, and it will be interesting to see their development lyrically and sonically with future recorded albums.
Check out the interview with the band below!
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