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With their eyes set on a fast-approaching run of sold-out UK underplay shows (including Camden Assembly on June 26) as well as Summer festival dates at Truck Festival and Boardmasters, British-Australian outfit Sunset Sons are sharing a new single, ‘Say Hi’, which is produced by frequent collaborator Catherine Marks (Foals, Wolf Alice). This new single, following last month’s ‘Problems’, arrives alongside a new video that’s available to watch here.
Talking about the upbeat and anthemic ‘Say Hi’, vocalist Rory Williams explains: “‘Say Hi’ is about getting to a place in life that’s fulfilling and real. Finding your happy place and seeing the real picture, rather than surrounding yourself with fake people. The boys came up with the video concept, based around the film ‘Big’ but in reverse – Pete, our bassist, wishing for a simpler time. Kieran, aka Lil Pete, is brilliant. Genuinely high on life and full of good vibes. What life should be all about really.”
The new material is a product of a song-writing purple patch from the Hossegor-based trio, following a winter run of shows with Nothing But Thieves which saw them take to the stage at London’s Alexandra Palace. “Every day’s a school day now,” laughs Williams: “I try to write every day – when I’m at home I do a 9-to-5 pretty well every day. Although it sometimes starts a little later than 9, you know…” Speaking about the band’s partnership with Catherine Marks – who produced ‘The River’ and will also be at the helm for the band’s forthcoming second album – Williams says: “CJ wants to hear your weirdest ideas in the studio – she’s been putting our keys and guitars through different pedals in recording sessions, and we love what she’s brought to the new material. She’s essentially another member of Sunset Sons.”
‘Problems’ and newly-released cut ‘Say Hi’ follow on from the band’s 2018 ‘The River’ EP and are the first taste of Sunset Sons’ forthcoming second album, the highly-anticipated successor to their UK Top 30 debut ‘Very Rarely Say Die’ which was produced by Jacquire King and James Lewis. The band’s debut saw them clock up considerable airplay across Radio 1 and Radio X and hefty tour mileage, playing headline shows at such venues as London’s Koko and Shepherd’s Bush Empire.