Approaching the release of their second full length, UK born rockers The Sun Explodes prove that their un-fuck-with-able style has a lot more to offer, on their second release, ‘We Build Mountains’.
The Sun Explodes have a quality of musicianship that allows them to combine a staggering array of style and genre’s together in a glorious mashup of melodic hooks, eclectic tones and varied vocal points. It’s this eclectic surprise that kept me firmly on my toes, throughout the whole listen. One thing I look for in an album is how well it captures my attention, and holds it. This band manage to lasso my attention and pin it, handcuffed, to the floor. With many artists, ‘unique sound’ can soon become a bit samey, towards the end of an album. Yeah, it’s unique to the rest of the world, but the album can get all very familiar. The Sun Explodes tear this apart. It’s a demanding and confident blast of delicacy and power, fused together.
The album opens up with the tentative shuffle of A Thousand Fires, introducing the band in a soft, soothing, tone yet it doesn’t allow you to get complacent – within minutes the heavy, forceful, side to The Sun Explodes erupts out in a stream of distorted vocals and increasingly heavy instrumental dominance.
To really get to grips with the lighter end of The Sun Explodes spectrum, I would direct your attentive ears towards the Machines duo, Pt1. and Pt2 – it’s melodic hooks grip you like a vice before the darker parts of their sound spits you out in an angst fuelled rage.
Never before have I come across a band who so beautifully captivate your attention, through their profound use of sensational vocals and masterful guitar work, who can attack you with a barrage of genuine emotion. I think the trick to The Sun Explodes’ success is that they do not brand themselves as a soft, melodic band, nor do they brand themselves as a grungy concoction of noise. They’re simply different, and simply captivating.
Tracks to look out for:
A Thousand Fires