The group were actually named after some ice-creams that share the same name. This was because the musicians wanted to evoke the idea of being bright, happy, fun and young.
Included amongst the 12 songs are the band’s two biggest singles: the swinging, ‘Happy Man’ and the pop precision of ‘Alone With You’. These two cuts – like many of the others – are assured and honest guitar pop. The group used minimal guitar pedals and effects, yet still managed to weave together a diverse array of colours and textures to form these emotionally-charged and uplifting songs.
The 2014 remaster of The Sunnyboys’ rock ‘n’ roll debut is an excellent combination of pop, new wave and punk music that shows a depth and quality of sound that bellies their then, young years. Included in this new release are a number of B-sides plus two live tracks and a whole separate album of 17 songs gathering together an unreleased, pre-album demo session.
The Sunnyboys were masters of expression and their eponymous record is a catalogue of their formative years. It shows them singing relatable songs that can also get people tapping their feet along in earnest. Their sound is very clean and polished and yet they also retain a determined, underground feel. This confident album is still an excellent listen in 2014 and thanks to its original sound and thrilling elements it will ensure that a new generation of fans will come to love this band.
Originally published on 14 August 2014 at the following website: http://www.the59thsound.com/sunnyboys—sunnyboys-14082014.html
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