New Artist of the Day: The Suns
Chester’s Mexican Pub Rock/British Pop/Garage band The Suns has caught the eye of LTW’s Nicholas Cope and has become our New Artist of the Day.
“A little bit of Jagger’s swagger, a hint of Hendrix and a double dose of Morrison’s madness, welcome to The Suns.”
Chester groovers The Suns have managed to tap into the spirit of the forgotten vices of tremolo abuse and spring reverb addiction and made it their own…
The Suns (Jono Screamin’ and Shakin’, Dave Bangin’ and Thumpin, Liam Inventin’ and Hollerin’, Rutter Verbin’ and Slidin’, Joe Fuzzin’ and Ooooin’) played their first gig at Jones’s in Chester in 2006.
Inspired by American garage groups (Brian Jonestown Massacre, Flat Duo Jets, The Black Lips), the best of British (the Stones and the Beatles) and country legends (Johnny Cash and Link Wray), The Suns spent hours in Liam’s garage rehearsing and recording hours worth of demo’s honing their thing.
Out of these long days in the garage they knocked out ‘Surf Nightmare’, picked up by Xfm DJ Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets) who on hearing it for the first time said, “How cool is that!” and proceeded to play it back to back on his show. The instrumental became a fixture on his play list for the next few years as well as gaining airplay on several other Northwest radio stations.
All dressed in black, The Suns gigged relentlessly thoughout the Northwest, supporting the likes of Kid British, The Black Lips, Dodgy, The Bishops, Howard Marks, Twisted Wheel and The Masonics. Also putting on their own unique gigs such as The Lady Diana Show Boat along the River Dee last summer. 2011 brought Festival appearances came along in 2011 at Friends of Mine (The Lightning Seeds, The Cribs, The Charlatans), Cavfest (James, Rowetta) and Chester Rocks (Iggy Pop, Shaun Ryder, Leftfield)
‘Big Trouble In Little Deva’, The Suns début album was released in 2010 on Plainsounds Records. With lyrics telling yarns from Chester with a back drop of Spaghetti Western inspired Latino garage rock, it was both an old and totally fresh sound, gaining the band a cult following.
New material marked 2012 with the release of brand new singles and videos for the songs ‘Jessica’ and ‘Last Of The Lonely Hearts’ on Stereokill records and after playing their biggest gig to date at Chester Rocks, The Suns will be rising.
April 21st The Royal Oak . Wigan UK
April 26th Wreham Central Station. Wrexham UK
April 27th SoundControl . Manchester (with support Wet Pelican and NINE53´s Dj´s
May 18th Lomax . Liverpool UK
Words by Nicholas Cope. More writing by Nicholas on Louder Than War can be found here.