On their debut full-length, Toronto psych-roots band Sunshine & The Blue Moon indulge this old chestnut: sometimes you must go backwards to go forwards.
Across its nine songs, produced and engineered by Dave Plowman, Welcome To The Future leads a revue of early country, honking Springsteenian heartland rock, paisley-printed folk and funk all fragmented and reassembled by a grungy kaleidoscopic filter.
And just as the album follows all the tributaries of pop music from a few fateful decades, its inception, too, was about interconnectedness. "I found myself amongst all these really great fun-loving and like-minded musicians who were willing to play," the band's Kai Davey-Bellin says, "so we decided to go into the studio, most of us for the first time. Sounds corny, I'm sure, but if we were to describe the mood on this album I'd say we're trying to promote awareness of our interconnectivity, not just with ourselves as people, but the entire natural world too."
Davey-Bellin told us more about the influences you'll find on Welcome To The Future:
Some of the material on this album was written as far back as 2007, so inevitably my musical influences and songwriting styles, reflect those times in my life, whether it was the music I was listening to, the movies I was watching, the news coming at me from the radio, or maybe if I was in love, the songs are a reflection of all that. Maybe we draw from certain late '60s revolutionary ideals, that awareness and change can be nurtured through song and other forms of expression.
Sunshine & The Blue Moon's Welcome To The Future is out September 16th on The Hand Recordings. You can pre-order here.
Catch the band live at the following dates:
Sept 16 - Toronto - Silver Dollar
Oct. 18 - Quebec City - Sous-Sol Du Cercle
Oct. 21 - Halifax POP - Gus Pub
Oct. 22 - Halifax POP - TBD