Despite members hailing from the UK and Australia, indie rock trio Sunset Sons formed in 2013 in the surf capitol of Europe, Hossegor in the south of France. Starting off as a four-piece, they bonded through their passion for the sport as they met in bassist Pete Harper’s cousin’s bar Le Surfing. They simply began as a cover band named The Cheerleaders before they started to write original material that earnt them an avid fanbase in their local surf community.
After pouring everything into their music over the past five years, Sunset Sons are renowned for their atmospheric and energetic live shows, pop-rock hooks and lovable surfer demeanor.
They released their debut album in February 2014, which was named after the bar where they first met. This self-released breakthrough debut found them at number 6 in the iTunes Rock Charts and signed to three labels worldwide: Polydor, Kobalt and Vagrant Records. Their following two releases No Bad Days (which came out just eight months later after these deals had been signed) and The Fall Line (2015) both reached number 1 in the iTunes Rock Chart upon release.
- 2015 in particular was a strong year for Sunset Sons as they were nominated for multiple awards, including BBC’s Sound of 2015 and MTV’s Brand New 2015, as well coming first in XFM’s Great X-Pectations for 2015.
Their debut album Very Rarely Say Die (2016) was highly acclaimed by the likes of GIGsoup and Louder Than War, and helped them hit the mainstream as the latter stated “Taking twelve songs and trying to pick half a dozen to shortlist for airplay might be a challenge.”
Early this year, the band announced they would be working on their new EP The River, which is due 6th July. However guitarist Robin Windram announced his departure around the same time in order to focus on his family.
The pages of the Anglo-Aussies’ previous tour diaries must have been practically bursting from the seams as they supported Imagine Dragons on all 36 dates of their 2015 European tour, and have played many festivals across the UK including Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, T in the Park and Boardmasters. Despite their very first UK tour only consisting of small surf towns and refusing to play major cities, many of their following UK tours have sold out completely. Both dates of their upcoming UK tour this July sold out immediately, with Manchester selling out in just a few hours.