Sunset Sons rock Camden Assembly as they make grand return

Live Music Review Review
7.9

ICM Rating

It’s been two long years but Sunset Sons make a return to the indie community with new music and live shows, like at last week’s Camden Assembly show.

Four sold-out shows in Glasgow, Manchester, Turo and London proved just how missed this trio was. The room was a bit flat to start with, despite playing a fair amount of old songs. I’ve completely forgotten how much I loved this band’s songs until that Wednesday night.

Don’t get me wrong, lead singer Rory Williams, drummer Jed Laidlaw, bassist Pete Harper and newcomer guitarist Henry Eastham were eccentric – Henry even got a big cheer and chant before the end of the show as appreciation.

To top it off, Sunset Sons are a very kind and friendly bunch – they let support band Natural Mystery Museum come onto the stage for a song and give them a round of applause as well as a mention to the crowd. It’s a sad rarity that musicians do this and it’s something I think should be adopted across all stages and arenas.

New tracks ‘Problems’ and ‘Say Hi’ were well-received by the crowd, showing what new direction the band has taken. It’s the product of a song-writing purple patch for the band. Rory 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 the fifth member of Sunset Sons.”

For the last two songs and the encore, the room was electric – it was as if there were 200 different people in the room. “Alright, let’s make some noise! Go big or go home,” shouted Rory as Jed’s drumming kicked the band into ‘Somewhere Maybe’ and ‘On The Road’. Without any encouragement, the venue was alive, Sunset Sons connected with every single person in the intimate venue; it was hard not to dance along to for a night to remember in Camden.

Good

  • High energy
  • Great new songs
  • Crowd pleasers

Bad

  • Took a while for fans to get lively

Summary

Four sold-out shows in Glasgow, Manchester, Turo and London proved just how missed this trio was. The room was a bit flat to start with, despite playing a fair amount of old songs. I've completely forgotten how much I loved this band's songs until that Wednesday night. 
7.9

ICM Rating

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