Album ‘Very Rarely Say Die’ released 1 April 2016
“They play the music they love in a straightforward way without self-consciousness. They’re going to be big.” The Times
“Sunset Sons have huge anthems up their sleeves and remind me of The Killers & Kings of Leon. Look out for them.” The Sun
“The band are now preparing for stardom.” Evening Standard
“Prepare your stadiums for an anglo- Australian quartet who trade in anthemic rock songs.” Q
“It’s easy to see why they’re considered a hot prospect: singer Rory combines the beard, hair and fractured croon of Kings of Leon’s Caleb…with the louche keyboard skills of Brandon Flowers. Williams’s distinctive growl, however, elevates the Sunset Sons from the pack.”Guardian
Sunset Sons are now sharing the new video for lead single Somewhere Maybe from their debut album Very Rarely Say Die, to be released 1st April 2016 on French Exit via Kobalt Label Services. ‘Somewhere Maybe’ is the perfect soundtrack to Spring; it demonstrates Sunset Sons’ ability to pen explosive choruses with warm heartfelt vocals. Says front man Rory Williams “We recorded Somewhere Maybe with our friend and sensei Jacquire King at the incredible Blackbird Studios in Nashville. He encouraged us to experiment and there was a feeling of something special and original in the studio when working with him.” Adds drummer Jed Laidlaw “Somewhere Maybe is a song about escapism. About just getting in the car and putting your foot down.” Watch the video here.
Very Rarely Say Die – recorded between London, Nashville and their adopted hometown of Hossegor with Jacquire King (Kings of Leon) and James Lewis (Arctic Monkeys) – will arrive amidst a 14 date UK and Ireland headline tour. The tour begins in Newcastle on March 23, hits London’s KOKO on April 6 (following previous sold-out London headlines at Scala, House of Vans and Community Festival) and will then take the band on a 17 date European leg.
The Anglo-Aussie band have had a blinding past 12 months, which has seen them play over 20 summer festival dates (Glastonbury, T In The Park, Isle of Wight, Boardmasters), secure Radio 1 (Track of The Day) and Radio X (Daytime Playlist) support, and win over thousands of new fans, night after night opening up for Imagine Dragons. Prior to that, the band embarked on a sold-out UK tour through the spring, which ended on a sold-out London Scala show – all none too shabby for a bunch of four surfers who fell into music as a means to pay the bills just two years previously.
Sunset Sons came into being when Rory, Pete, Jed and Rob encountered each other whilst pursuing their love of surfing in the sleepy French beach town of Hossegor. Drummer Jed came across frontman Rory hammering out cover versions (which incredibly took in everything from QoTSA to D12) on a bar piano, in between stints pot-washing in the kitchen. That bar, ‘Le Surfing’, happened to be owned by Australian bassist Pete’s cousin, and lent its name to Sunset Sons’ self-funded and released debut EP (which entered at No.6 on the iTunes Rock Chart, having been recorded in just three days).
A subsequent UK tour took the band not to the typical major city dates in London and Manchester, but out to the coastal surf towns of the UK including Thurso, Scarborough and St Ives. It’s part and parcel of that same down-to-earth love for surfing and its no-nonsense lifestyle which keeps all four members of Sunset Sons still living by the sea in Hossegor, still more than a little bemused by their own success; “That was part of the deal” says Rory. “We couldn’t write the songs we do living in, say, London”. True to form, as soon as the festival season was over, the band returned to Hossegor to finish recording Very Rarely Say Die.
Sunset Sons have just completed a UK and European Arena tour with Imagine Dragons and will soon embark on their own headline tour. Says frontman Rory “We’re really excited to get out and tour our debut album. We can’t wait for everyone to hear the tunes!”
The band have also been announced to headline GoldCoast Oceanfest in Devon on June 18, and play the Isle of Wight festival. UK tour dates below:
2016 UK DATES
23 March NEWCASTLE Newcastle University Student Union http://www.gigsandtours.com/tour/Sunset-Sons
24 March GLASGOW QMU http://www.gigsinscotland.com/homepage.aspx
25 March LEEDS Leeds University Stylus http://lunatickets.co.uk/events/sunset-sons.html
26 March MANCHESTER O2 Ritz www.gigsandtours.com/tour/Sunset-Sons
28 March BELFAST The Limelight http://www.ticketmaster.ie/venueartist/461484/2056869
29 March DUBLIN The Academy http://www.ticketmaster.ie/venueartist/461484/2056869
30 March BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/sunset-sons-tickets
1 April EXETER Exeter Phoenix http://www.seetickets.com/event/sunset-sons/phoenix-arts-centre/924819
2 April FALMOUTH Princess Pavilion http://www.seetickets.com/event/sunset-sons/princess-pavilion/924820
3 April CARDIFF Y Plas https://orchardentertainment.ticketsolve.com/shows/873542879/events
4 April BRIGHTON Concorde 2 www.loutpromotions.co.uk/sunset-sons
6 April LONDON KOKO http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/sunset-sons-tickets
8 April BOURNEMOUTH 02 Academy Bournemouth http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/sunset-sons-tickets
9 April BRISTOL 02 Academy Bristol http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/sunset-sons-tickets
9-12th Isle of Wight Festival
17-19th GoldCoast Oceanfest, North Devon