Three Brits and an Aussie, Sunset Sons formed in a popular surfing spot in the South of France named Hossegor, the crashing waves and surfing vibes brought the band together and with their first EP tilted ‘Le-Surfing’ named after a bar Pete (Bass) manages, the band slipped their selves into the main stream. Rory Williams (Vocals, Keyboard) grisly beard and knotted draped hair, almost takes on a look adopted by that of Reef front man Gary Stringer, yet with this surfer style breezing itself off stage the band’s sound does not seem reminiscent of those lapsing waves all the way back in the south of France. With relaxed keyboard notes, charred lyrics and defining guitar melodies, the band have taken on an alt rock type sound, that echoes the likes of Kings Of Leon.
Entering a modestly filled Rescue Rooms the crowd chatted and at times heckled with the band, as they steadily swept their way through a short and relaxed set. One thing which took me by surprise was the new lease of life and energy that was injected into the bands entourage of songs when performed live. When listening to the likes of “Medicine” and “Blondie” on their EP’s the sound created is relaxed and even as choruses break through and guitar melodies heighten there’s still a serene sense when listening to the majority of the bands tracks. However belted out over the venue songs were instilled with more volume and liveliness, the chorus to “Blondie” left you trembling as Rory ‘s powerful voice filled the room, symbol clashes and a throaty combination of deep bass and screeching guitar riffs vibrated the floor.
Light keyboard rhythms opened “Remember” a song which certainly seemed to be a favourite amongst this Nottingham crowd. A full crowd sing along greeted the song which was screamed both onstage and off stage throughout the chorus “I win, you lose, it’s only for us two”. Enticing a crowd who failed to ignite throughout the night, “Remember” created a spark and broke those who’d scrambled their way to the front earlier into dancing.
“On the Road” saw Sunset Sons leave the Rescue Rooms stage, with acoustic strumming and an upbeat chorus their set ended on a high note. As lights were brought up around the venue Sunset Sons didn’t return to the stage for an encore, the crowd quickly scurried from the venue and I found myself craving just one more song before heading home. Nevertheless, the band put on an enthralling performance which shed life on many of their songs, including some of those which seem to settle too comfortably upon an album. Definitely a band you have to go see live, a day later they announced some more exciting news, as they’re now ready to support Imagine Dragons on their upcoming European arena tour throughout November and October.
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Review and Photos by Jacob Flannery |