Sunday, 10 May 2020
Sunshine Boys - Work and Love
Released: 1 May 2020
Listen and Buy Here
Sunshine Boys, from Chicago, are another great new discovery for me. This is their second album and its full of melodic guitar pop gems, perfect for summer. The three members have all been in other bands - Freda Love Smith was of the College rock band Blake Babies.
Their sound also has vibes of 80s College rock. 'Infinity Girl' is one of the strongest songs here, anthemic and recalls R.E.M. and Tommy Keene.
Other highlights include 'No Showdown' which is quite dark and about a troubled relationship. The lyrics are raw and honest - 'I know I'm pushing you away, all the while I'm begging you to stay.'
'Moonrise' is also superb with a big chorus and memorable hooks. 'A Ghost at Best' is beautiful and uplifting. As is the lovely closing song 'Right Where You Need It', which is guitar pop of the highest standard.
Music which may not be breaking any new barriers but the songs here are strong both lyrically and melodically. Well worth a listen.