Sunshine / The Tone Def Amigos
Demo Tour Package
of the reasons I run a website is finding weird, crazy splits like this that make
no sense ending up in my CD player.
Sunshine is four-piece psychedelic rock outfit from Lincolnshire, UK, that plays
unbelievably groovy '60s-era SF rock by way of Manchester, much in the same vein
as The Warlocks and Brian Jonestown Massacre, but with bigger, more inviting hooks.
"Sumoerday" keeps it simple with a groove that could have come off The
Stone Roses' debut and the inspired line "My baby's home, so we'll get
high." It is '80s Manchester dance fodder and there's nothing
wrong with that as long as it's done right. "Im Fine" does it again,
driven this time by trippy organs and Stephan Mors' thick, aggressive stickwork.
The CD shifts gears with
fellow Lincolnshire townsmen Tone Def Amigos, who give us a more laid-back take
on a similar groove. "S-Bends" is just plain gorgeous, the perfect song
for your next mix CD, it blends keyboards, cello effects, guitars and floating,
high-end vocals singing "She had hollow eyes / Fading out in the cold
world." Sampler closer "Evolution" highlights the vocalist's
Wayne Coyne-esque style on a rainy day acoustic number that's downright pretty.
of these bands are virtual unknowns in the states. Their label, The Foundry Crew,
must have had the big idea of sending this split to small indie music review websites,
as they're the only ones who seem to have written word one on either band. Owsley
has a website (here), while there's
no home for Tone Def Amigos. Will a bigger label take interest in these two inventive,
groove-loving bands? We can only hope.
Posted July 28,
2004. Copyright © 2004 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.
is '80s Manchester dance fodder and there's nothing wrong with that."