Sunstack Jones unleash the album of the year in Golden Repair and Sun 13’s Banjo is blown away.
The forthcoming album from Liverpool’s very own Sunstack Jones is something of a 24 carat gold belter.
Over the last week or so, it has taken over my listening habits to a ridiculous degree and, at the moment, I don’t really want to listen to anything else.
It is an album on an expansive scale, full of huge songs that swoop and soar , as well as laid back grooves that carry you along on glorious blissed out journeys. Although the album will be released in October 2020, it could happily find a home with fans of the 90s guitar experiments of bands like The Verve, with lovers of epic rock such as Stone Roses or Doves and could easily find favour with fans of 60s progressive rock.
This is not to say that Sunstack Jones are retro, their appeal is timeless and their influences have fed down through the years to create a sound that is universal in its appeal.
Ahead of the album’s release, we sat down the band’s singer and guitarist Chrisy and asked him 13 questions.
Read on to find out more about He Man, cat shit and raving in corduroy.
1. Where are you and what are you doing and how is that working out?
I’m here, I’m doing this and very well. Thank you.
2. How have you been coping with the lockdown situation?
Kettle Chips, Pale Ales and Cobra Kai.
3. What do you miss most about pre-lockdown times?
Not walking in zig-zag formation. There also seemed to be less cat shit about.
4. Recommend one band or album that you think we should check out.
Here’s 5: Native Harrow- Closeness Bifannah- Dances Liquidas Delta Maid- Katie Cowgirl- X Raptor- Escapism
5. When did you last make yourself do something you didn’t want to?
6. What’s your guilty listening pleasure?
Other people arguing.
7. Can you cook?
I like to take a Keith Floyd approach to Melissa Helmesly recipe. Results can be varied depending on how ‘Keith’ it gets.
8. Tell us a secret.
He-Man is really Prince Adam – only three others share this secret. So keep it on the down low.
9. What’s the best night out you’ve ever had?
Ooh it’d be bad if you could point to just one night in your whole life above all wouldn’t it?
10. When was the last time you laughed until you cried?
The other day My mate Hughesy reminded that we used to regular a place called the Sneaky Lizard for a techno night whilst clad head to toe in corduroy. The image kind of tickled me.
11. What is your favourite view?
Looking over Barcelona towards the sea from Tibidabo.
12. When did you last shout at the TV?
When that bell end did a queens speech from the rose garden.
13. Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. Is there anything else you’d like to say?
Support your independent everything x
The ever dependable Mai68 Records have come up trumps again with their latest release, the latest single from Sunstack Jones.
How It All Went Down has one foot in a fairly conventional, almost country-ish song, but the other foot is firmly in the camp marked ‘guitar hero’.
Make no mistake, despite How It All Went Down’s loose groove, note perfect harmonies and heartfelt lyrics, it is the lead guitar that is the star here. It stands proud, high in the mix and adds several extra layers to what could be quite a simple but effective song.
Both Simon Jones and Nick McCabe from The Verve are fans, and you can see why. I first stumbled across The Verve as an unknown band supporting Spiritualized at Liverpool’s Krazy House and I can quite clearly remember thinking that a) they were fucking brilliant and were quite clearly going to be famous and b) I loved the way that the guitar ripped through their songs and lifted them into something very special. I get the same feeling here with Sunstack Jones, on both of those points.
Sunstack Jones already have three albums to their credit. I am going to be honest here and say that until How It All Went Down I hadn’t actually heard the band at all. A short while later I am now the proud owner of these albums and I have a new band to fall for. Don’t you love it when that happens?
How It All Went Down starts calmly enough, lulling us into a false sense of normality. The opening line “said you know me, well I’m sorry I don’t even know myself” starts off an introspective set of lyrics and all seems well. Slowly though, the guitar takes the basic structure and uses it to transport the song into uncharted territories. Lorcan Moriarty is surely the next wunderkind guitarist to appear on the British music scene.
As the song nears it conclusion, you notice that it has grown, slowly into a shimmering wall of beautiful noise.
How It All Went Down completely restores my faith in new music. If there are bands out there that are new to me who are making music that is this good, the world is a better, more wonderful place than it was a few short hours ago.
Sunstack Jones have a new album out on October 9. Personally I can’t wait to hear more of this. Until then we can content ourselves with this magnificent single.