Recently, I’ve been working with a lot of artists from Ireland. From spirited pop to soulful rock, Ireland has sent me some good stuff. The latest addition to my list of Irish wonders is the alternative rock band Sunburn.
Only forming in 2019, Sunburn has seen a lot of growth in a short amount of time. Already having a reputation for engaging performances on the Cork, Dublin and Galway live scene, the Dublin-based foursome began looking to release some music. Sharing musical interests and influences, the lads began working on new material. Soon, Sunburn had the opportunity to record and independently release their debut single ‘Jump The Gun’. A blast to their growing audience, this single amassed over 77,000 streams on Spotify with very little promotion. The latest addition to their discography is ‘All I’m Missin”.
A follow-up to the popular ‘Jump The Gun’, ‘All I’m Missin” is the second single from Sunburn in 2020. Moving from the upbeat, energetic ‘Jump The Gun’, this single has a heavier, moodier and more rock than pop feel. Sonically, the throaty vocals are complemented by powerful and well-arranged instrumentation. Seamless changes in pace, vocal tone and style make ‘All I’m Missin’ is not only cleverly structured but creative enough to take you on an emotional journey without words.
Of course, words are important as they can either improve or kill a track. The effortless vocals enhance the introspective lyrical content showing a more mature sound. Reminding me of Pete Doherty’s steady yet brusque sound, the raspy vocals increase the touching nature of ‘All I’m Missin”.
A combination of Queens of the Stone Age and Catfish and the Bottlemen, Sunburn has a sophisticated blend of hard rock and indie. Throw in some underlying leanings toward post-punk, and you have a unique, distinctive and exciting band.