Sunshine Moonshower and Razorblades
By Marcus Pan
Sunshine, begun by Kay
(guitars/vocals), Daniel (drums) and Martin (bass), are a trash rock outfit out
of the Czech Republic. I enjoy trash rock when it's done right and goth
knows it can be done very wrong. The first discovery of trash rock that I can
remember goes back to Letters to Cleo and I really dug it then. Sunshine
continues the trend with their sarcastic name and tongue in cheek lyrics.
For Moonshower and Razorblades, which was recorded in
the USA's LA, the band has gone through some lineup changes to now include the
original Kay and Daniel, but adding Amak (bass) and Jiri (guitar). The added
guitar brings more into Sunshine's sound and, unlike most trash rock bands,
their sound is a bit more melodic and planned. Very DIY and simple looking, the
music itself contains a rather nice polished but still cutting feel.
Kay's vocals take on a whiny tack, a Robert Smith's younger
brother appeal, which I enjoy. Lower Than Low for example finds his
vocals set up front with a sustained twang to its closing remarks. The music
has a layed out quality that is to say that it doesn't have as much of a
jam band feel to it like Letters to Cleo, Ahab Rex(1) or Alice Donut(2). It's
not so practiced as, say, The Cure, but it has similar qualities to it while
retaining a low key garage appeal.
Vampire's Dance Hall is very gritty and fast paced
with a very in your face attitude and Kay's occasional yowls to puncture the
right moments. More punk than the others. Victoria's Secret Blackmail
opens very Cure-like and clean with swirly guitars and a smooth rhythm. I dig
the funky background of Let's Have Hips Talk. Likewise the bass in
Miss Kkarma Kkoma.
I like this CD. It has the right amount of polish, grit,
trash and punk in the correct doses and amounts...a good dirty martini. Kay has
a great voice for this sort of thing - don't expect him to be crooning in Las
Vegas, but he does just fine in his trashy style. It works for him and it works
for the others...they may not have the sexy legs of Letters to Cleo, but I'd
still go see 'em. Sunshine is like punk rock after a sitz bath.
Post: 8939 1/2 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA, 90069, USA
(1) Rollin With the Ahab Rex Quintet was
reviewed in Legends #150.
(2) Their Three Sisters CD was
reviewed in Legends #143.
Click to Buy!