Artist info

Genre

Indie, Rock


band members

Kahlia Ferguson - Vocals/guitar Lawson Doyle - Vocals/guitar Dave Webster - Lead guitar Sam Woods - Bass Luke Woods - Drums


Website

www.sunflowerband.com

Bio

2020 brings a fresh face and explosive sound in the form of indie pop/rock powerhouse outfit SUNFLOWER.

The five-piece are the love-child of leading frontwoman Kahlia Ferguson and singer/songwriter Lawson Doyle. The dynamic pair were fatefully drawn together at Bluesfest 2019, as showcasing artists on the Delta Stage. Struck by each other’s raw talent, the two quickly discovered a unique musical connection through months of songwriting and performing together behind the scenes.

Fortuitously, both lead singers found themselves standing in the ruins of their respective bands within a week of each other. Instead of retreating to lick their wounds, the concept of a brand new project featuring their paradoxical musicality and seductive mystique quickly came to life.

Emerging from Brisbane, Sunflower are the perfect storm of soul, pop and rock in a stifling musical climate. The band features powerful, seasoned performances by Lawson Doyle (vocals/guitar), Kahlia Ferguson (vocals/keys/guitar), Dave Webster (lead guitar), and brothers Sam Woods (bass) and Luke Woods (drums).

Collectively they have shared stages with the likes of Dead Kennedys (US), Wolfmother,
Supersuckers (US), Powderfinger, Jet, Missy Higgins, Busby Marou, Sheppard, The Cat Empire, and The Jungle Giants. The band have showcased across sizeable public events such as the 2020 Channel 9 Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols (Brisbane), St Kilda Festival, Mordialloc Festival, Crafted Festival, Yonder Festival, Valley Fiesta (Brisbane) and are due for the annual Mountain Goat Valley Crawl (Brisbane 2021).

The band are in high demand, having already proven their wide contemporary appeal off the back of their SOLD-OUT debut headline show in February at Melbourne’s Bar Open. Already this year they’ve performed across main stage festival slots in Victoria & Queensland as well as having recently completed 2 x SOLD-OUT headline shows in Brisbane.

Sunflower carries heavy influence from the prowess, expressionism and freedom of legendary rock outfits Oasis, The Killers, Fleetwood Mac, Coldplay, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Their music is a well-crafted fusion of the eclectic tones and grooves of the '60s & ‘70s, enveloped by their modern energy and timeless lyricism.

Their explosive debut single, ‘Better Days’ with its optimistic live-for-tomorrow mantra hit major strides for the band, clocking over 100k streams on Spotify in just under five months. Following up with ‘Get Yourself Together’, the accompanying music video features on Rage and MTV Australia.

The band saw their first six months attract major support and airplay from the likes of national and international giants such as airplay from Nkechi on ‘Roots ‘n All’ and Declan on ‘Home and Hosed’ of Triple J, Boogaloo Radio (UK) and Amazing Radio (UK) and press from Beat Magazine, Australian Independent Record Association, The Music, Atwood Magazine (US), Classic Rock Magazine (UK) and Americana-UK, Magazine (UK).

Flavoured with Oasis’ emotional realism and tonal nods to Coldplay’s early work, their third single ‘Thin Skin’ is a hand held out for those in the darkness, reminding you that the sun is always there behind clouds. Completed in just under two months, ‘Thin Skin’ and was mastered by Joe Carra of Crystal Mastering, produced by Sam Woods and recorded at the Woods brother’s home studio.

Their exciting fusion of flavours resonates with audiences of all walks of life, who are drawn to Sunflower and their engaging repertoire. With one foot rooted in the past and the other firmly planted in the future, Sunflower are one of Australia’s fast-emerging must-see acts.

Review

Review by Pip Rasmussen Pip Rasmussen

17 Dec 2020

Triple J
40

Such an epic, uplifting tune full of light and love.

Such an epic, uplifting tune full of light and love.

Review

Review by Nkechi Anele Nkechi Anele

09 Dec 2020

Triple J
45

Thin Skin possesses the optimistic hopes and joys of the 60s and 70s. Sunflower bring a dreamy, summer energy that contagiously puts a smile of your faces and gives me shivers simultaneously.

Thin Skin possesses the optimistic hopes and joys of the 60s and 70s. Sunflower bring a dreamy, summer energy that contagiously puts a smile of your faces and gives me shivers simultaneously.

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

02 Dec 2020

Triple J
40

guys this chorus is radiant! it beams out and shines over the whole landscape, such gorgeous stuff.

guys this chorus is radiant! it beams out and shines over the whole landscape, such gorgeous stuff.