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Not long after wowing fans with a proper debut LP in 2009 (Tomorrow Is Alright), Sonny (Smith) & The Sunsets follow up with the bright and effervescent Hit After Hit. More than appropriately titled, the tunes here pay homage to the days of vintage hit radio, with The Sunsets’ stripped-down, easy sound boosted with plenty of reverb and layers of classic organs, muted toms, and jangly percussion. Smith’s friendly, earnest voice serves up irresistible hooks. “She Plays Yo Yo with My Mind” is a quintessential Sunsets moment, building on a Duane Eddy–like guitar foundation with classic ‘60s organ riffs, steady popping bass, and sharp, sticky percussion: it feels both old and new. There’s a hint of Buddy Holly in the ringing guitars of “Reflections on Youth,” a whiff of Mickey & Sylvia’s “Love Is Strange” on “I Wanna Do It,” and a nod to Merseybeat on “Pretend You Love Me.” The hilariously titled “The Bad Energy from L.A. Is Killing Me” has a fantastic, chugging Velvets groove, and the swaggering guitars on “Acres of Lust” and “Teenage Thugs” recall many a ‘60s Nuggets-style garage band. Rock ’n’ roll doesn’t get more fun than this.

Customer Reviews

album was neat

loved the sounds and the sunnyness.

Summer 2011

If you don't play this and listen to it all $ummer you're an a$$hole. you've given up on music if you know this exists and you choose to ironically listen to bassed-out-thug-rap, that does have it's place in society, but please don't make it the day you decide to have that BBQ. This will serve a much better purpose. And if you can see them live, make that happen too. And while you're there, look at your friend and say "See, this is great music to drink to too, primarily because we've never been in a gang and we're in college." then smile and ask them to kindly play Planet of Women because that might be one of the greatest songs ever written.


Formed: 2007 in Bay Area, California

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The Sunsets coalesced in 2007 around prolific Bay Area songwriter, author, filmmaker, and visual artist Sonny Smith. With a rotating lineup made up of San Francisco regulars, including multi-instrumentalist Kelley Stoltz, Tahlia Harbour (the Dry Spells), John Dwyer (Thee Oh Sees), Tim Cohen, and Shayde Sartin (Skygreen Leopards), the Sunsets gave Smith a perfectly sloppy, immaculately informed backdrop for his wry love songs and touching moments of all-too-real weirdness. Following a debut EP, Hypnotist,...
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