Sonny & The Sunsets announce FOUR shows including Into The Great Wide Open, Misty Fields06-05-2015
Bizarre? Scrappy? Deranged? Sonny & the Sunsets’ latest record sees them in perhaps their strangest and most lyrically explorative phase yet. A big soup of sonic ideas that wouldn’t normally be glued together, the songs on "Talent Night at the Ashram" (2015) make a large collage that mixes cinematic stories of fringe characters. Initially envisioned as a film project, each song was originally a short film that, when strung together, formed a feature-length movie.
As Sonny Smith was writing the scripts and hiring the actors (even shooting a few of the clips), the scripts began to morph into songs. Equal parts Fellini and Os Mutantes, "Talent Night at the Ashram" is cinematic in its storytelling and kaleidoscopic in its mixing and merging of musical genres. On album opener “The Application,” Smith applies to be a human being to the tune of Beach Boys harmonies, ragtag beats and ’80s synths. “Happy Carrot Health Food Store” tells an epic saga of grocery store employees set to a soundtrack that takes listeners on a psychedelic odyssey with elements of jazz and a hallucinogen-ic sequence including a conversation with a girlfriend swimming in his beer glass, or is that a dog? ’60s folk, electric sitars, flutes, and myriad other sounds help accentuate tales of professional bowlers in desperate need of a strike (“Icelene’s Loss”), a mansion that houses every woman Smith has ever known (“The Secluded Estate”), and Occupy meetings ending in bad love (“Secret Plot to Destroy the Underground”).
TODAY we're really happy to announce no less than FOUR shows!
02-09-2015: Utrecht (NL) @ dBs
03-09-2015: Nijmegen (NL) @ Merleyn
04-09-2015: Asten (NL) @ Misty Fields
05-09-2015: Vlieland (NL) @ Into The Great Wide Open