The Sunnyboys’ debut, eponymous record is considered a classic Australian album. And listening to it in 2014 it is easy to see why.This perfect collection of 12 tracks is an absolute gem that is so deceptively simple and engaging and doesn’t sound at all dated. If anything, the music sounds fresh and exciting.

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 clever lyrical content is also very impressive and the most frequent subject matter to be tackled here is about young love and lust. Front man, Jeremy Oxley often spoke for his audiences, as he was a frustrated young man full of equal amounts of angst, joy, sadness and hope. The words are often charming and relatable like in the thoughtful, ‘My Only Friend’ and the whimsical, ‘Trouble In My Brain’.The Sunnyboys was made a mere ten months after the guys’ first gig. It was produced by Lobby Lloyde of Billy Thorpe’s Aztecs. He proved a good fit in capturing the raw, guitar sound, as the band often recorded their cuts live and in a single take. This means the music often has an added effervescence, spark and energy that musicians just can’t capture once they start tinkering around too much in post.

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:—sunnyboys-14082014.html

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