Bands to Watch #158: Sunbirds

By on Tuesday, 19th January 2010 at 12:00 pm

Sunbirds are a relatively new London-based band that we discovered recently. The band’s formation isn’t textbook ‘we met in university/school, had similar musical interests, and started a band’: this is evident by their band members’ varied origins of London, Los Angeles, and France. I imagine the sheer variety of their personal musical formative experiences combined makes them a standout in the music scene today.

The term ‘throwback’ may be used to describe this band’s sound, because the nods to ’60s classic rock (their sound could be likened to SoCal’s Beach Boys and St. Albans’ Zombies) are obvious. Check out the vocals and guitars on ‘Roses are Blue’ and ‘Love Today’ on their MySpace, and you feel like you’ve been transported back in time. Their track ‘Farewell’ nearly made me weep with the guitars and harmonies that reminded me of very early Beatles, back when the music game was simpler yet bands were sonically able to hit every pleasure point in your ears. Brilliant. They also list songwriters/starmakers (Gerry) Goffin and (Carole) King as an influence too, so you know they’ve got terribly good taste. But if anything approaching ’60s music turns you off, note that they’ve also been compared to newer psychedelic acts like MGMT and the Coral. Music Week have called them ‘sun-splashed guitar pop twang with a British twist’ and I agree. Check them out!

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