Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop, Rock


Sounds like

Rolling Blackouts C.F, Alvvays


band members

Sarah / vocals + guitar Alexander / guitars Oliver / bass Hugo / drums


Influences

The Go-Betweens, Cocteau Twins, The Ocean Party


Unearthed artists we like

Sweater Curse, Moaning Lisa, Clea, FRITZ


Bio

Born out of a garage in Sydney’s inner west, Sunscreen is a 4-piece band making dreamy indie rock of an otherworldly kind. A collaboration between friends, the band started one day when vocalist Sarah Sykes invited Alexander McDonald and Hugo Levingston over for a jam. Since then Sunscreen have firmly established themselves in the Australian music scene - having supported DMAs, Rolling Blackouts C.F, Jen Cloher and Jack Ladder, amongst others. With a sound that’s drawn comparisons to the Go-Betweens and the Cocteau Twins, Sunscreen’s unapologetic live performance and intoxicating signature sound yields power through its emotional vulnerability.

Sunscreen’s breakthrough single ‘Voices’ aired nationally on ABC’s RAGE on rotation for six weeks straight upon release. Their debut EP ‘Just A Drop’ was released on indie tastemaker Spunk Records and Sydney-based Dinosaur City Records in late 2017. The EP received airplay on Triple J and community radio stations across Australia. ‘Just A Drop’ also received airplay from college radio in the United States, reaching #153 on the NACC charts during the first week of December 2018.

With the addition of new bass player Oliver Ellis, Sunscreen’s sophomore EP is due for release in August 2019 via Spunk Records. Produced by Simon ‘Berkfinger’ Berkelman (Philadelphia Grand Jury, Art Vs. Science), the energetic 5-track exudes a beautiful toughness; reflecting the psyche of a romantically confused young person trying to survive in the big city. The lead single ‘High Over Love’, due for release in June, is a compelling example of the band’s talent for creating dynamic, hook-driven indie rock, and is a testament to their collective growth as songwriters.

The band are excited to embark on an East coast tour this June in support of ’High Over Love’, before embarking on an Australia-wide EP tour this October.

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

06 Nov 2017

Triple J
45

i've seen you a coupla times in the last few weeks and each time this song has been such a highlight. sunscreen for the win.

i've seen you a coupla times in the last few weeks and each time this song has been such a highlight. sunscreen for the win.

Review

Review by Tommy Faith Tommy Faith

02 Nov 2017

Triple J
45

The way the two vocals swim around each other like a pair of eels in love - slippery and endearing. A song full of unique and unexpected moments.

The way the two vocals swim around each other like a pair of eels in love - slippery and endearing. A song full of unique and unexpected moments.

Review

Review by Claire Mooney Claire Mooney

31 Oct 2017

Triple J
40

I keep coming back for more. Both your vocals compliment each other so well and you just want to keep listening!

I keep coming back for more. Both your vocals compliment each other so well and you just want to keep listening!