It seems that every time I stick my right foot in and take my
right foot out and shake it all about and turn myself around there
is another great rock and roll band banging out of my speakers,
demanding my un-broken attention. This time that new band is The
Sun. And let me tell you what I know about them for certain.
The Sun rocks hard.
"My Girlfriend's Best Friend" is an amazing introduction
to a new band. Think The Hives even further hopped up on
that magical amphetamine called youth. It's a rambunctious track,
perfect pop song length and filled with guitars heady with an
anxious energy. "Valentine" draws out a completely different
side of the band, showcasing their musical diversity by blending
the sounds of the newest wave of garage rock with the walls of
guitar and feedback heaven of the 1990's shoegaze movement. This
song is lushly sonic, with drums to absolutely die for, and guitars
that Kevin Shields and Brian Futter would both be
very proud to call their own. Changing the pace again on "Did
Your Mother Tell You", The Sun goes right after the acoustic
guitar, strumming along with self-assured promise. The drumming
has a certain swing, and the haunting feedback that shows itself
here and there makes for an interesting listen. And don't forget
the B3 organs. Invoking the spirit of the late 60's psychedelic
Syd Barrett on "Demons", the noisy pop of late
90's pre-garage-revival on "Justice", the high energy
stomp of modern bands like The Strokes on "Sandy",
and then wrapping up with the deeply personal lyrics of "Song
For Your Daughter", this band has released an amazing preview
of what I hope means much more to come.
The Sun is a band that sounds young, full of energy, and most
certainly shining with promise. Anyone looking for the next
thing that will undoubtedly cause a mini-revolution in the major
label community should definitely sit up and take notice of
this great band!
1. My Girlfriend's Best Friend
3. Did Your Mother Tell You
7. Song for Your Daughter
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