Beloved Sydney four-piece Sunscreen return today with new single High Over Love, the first taste of forthcoming second EP via Spunk! Records. The band take their captivating live show on the road this July in support of the single, visiting Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
A compelling example of the band’s penchant for dynamic, hook-driven rock, High Over Love sees Sunscreen reckon with a questionable romance through soaring guitar riffs and Sarah Sykes’ commanding, magnetic vocals. The first release from Sunscreen since their debut 2017 EP ‘Just A Drop’, the track explores how “Society’s idealisation of being in love can often convince us we are in love when actually we are not – and when the reality is closer to unhealthy dependence, or simply a fear of being alone”, Sarah Sykes explains.
Born from a garage in Sydney’s inner west, Sunscreen began as a collaboration between friends one day when vocalist Sarah Sykes invited Alexander McDonald (guitar) and Hugo Levingston (drums) over for a jam in 2016. Receiving its worldwide premiere with Noisey, Sunscreen‘s debut EP ‘Just A Drop’ attracted airplay on triple j and community radio stations across Australia, as well as airplay from college radio in the United States with breakout single Voices airing nationally on ABC’s rage for six weeks straight upon release.
Since then, the band have garnered significant buzz, signing to booking agency New World Artists, earning support slots for DMAs, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Jen Cloher, Ali Barter and Jack Ladder, as well as taking stage at Farmer & the Owl and Grampians Music Festival. Drawing sonic comparisons to The Go-Betweens, Alvvays and the Cocteau Twins, Sunscreen’s unapologetic live performance and intoxicating sound has been praised for the way it yields power through emotional vulnerability. Embarking on East coast tour this July in support of High Over Love, the band will take their incomparable live show to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne where fans will be treated to never before heard music.
Exuding a beautiful toughness, the band’s forthcoming energetic five-track EP was produced by Simon ‘Berkfinger’ Berkelman (Philadelphia Grand Jury, Art Vs. Science) and reflects the psyche of a romantically confused young person trying to survive in the big city. Written over the course of years, the EP explores romantic idealisation, heartache and self-possession with frank, powerful vulnerability. “All five songs were written at different times when I was undergoing rapid change in my life and loosing sight of who I was” says Sarah Sykes. Including input from new bass player Oliver Ellis, the EP finds the band’s lush, indie-rock sound, informed by a new-found confidence and lucidity.
Building upon the immersive, hook-filled catalogue, High Over Love finds Sunscreen forging their own path with their unique, ever-evolving sound that’s more bold and honest than ever before.
High Over Love is out everywhere NOW.
SUNSCREEN ‘HIGH OVER LOVE’ TOUR DATES
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