Sunset Sons came into being when Rory, Pete, Jed and Rob encountered each other whilst pursuing their love of surfing in the sleepy French beach town of Hossegor. Drummer Jed came across frontman Rory hammering out cover versions (which incredibly took in everything from QoTSA to D12) on a bar piano, in-between stints pot-washing in the kitchen. That bar, ‘Le Surfing’, happened to be owned by Australian bassist Pete’s cousin, and lent its name to Sunset Sons’ self-funded and released debut EP (which entered at No.6 on the iTunes Rock Chart, having been recorded in just three days).
A subsequent UK tour took the band not to the typical major city dates in London and Manchester, but out to the coastal surf towns of the UK including Thurso, Scarborough and St Ives. It’s part and parcel of that same down-to-earth love for surfing and its no-nonsense lifestyle which keeps all four members of Sunset Sons still living by the sea in Hossegor, still more than a little bemused by their own success; ‘That was part of the deal’ says Rory. ‘We couldn’t write the songs we do living in, say, London’. True to form, as soon as the festival season was over, the band returned to Hossegor to finish recording their debut album (due Spring 2016). Sessions for the album were split between Nashville, London and France, helmed respectively by Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Tom Waits), Catherine Marks (Foals, Wolf Alice) and Producer/Mixer James Lewis (Arctic Monkeys, Rae Morris, Zak Abel, Lykke Li).
As such, ‘On The Road’ seems to operate at the heart of that push/pull between the unhurried pace of life in Hossegor and the circus of a touring band’s schedule. And as the track’s instant rush of a chorus unfolds beneath Rory’s howls and insistent, hammering keys, you sense that the demands on Sunset Sons’ time away from the French coast will only grow ever more frequent.
Live in November
Fri 13th Manchester Arena
Sat 14th Newcastle: Metro Radio Arena
Sun 15th Glasgow: The SSE Hydro
Tue 17th Belfast: Odyssey Arena
Wed 18th Dublin: 3Arena
Fri 20th Birmingham: The Barclaycard Arena
Mon 23rd Milan: Mediolanum Forum
Tue 24th Zurich: Hallenstadion