Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop, Rock


Sounds like

Hatchie, Alvvays , Rolling Blackouts C.F.


band members

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


Influences

The Go-Betweens, Cocteau Twins, Mazzy Star


Unearthed artists we like

Sweater Curse, Moaning Lisa, Clea, FRITZ, RAAVE TAPES


Bio

Sydney four-piece Sunscreen construct dreamy, evocative indie-rock, creating a sound that is both tough and vulnerable. On new single “High Over Love”, Sunscreen reckon with a questionable romance through soaring guitar riffs and frontwoman Sarah Sykes’ commanding, dynamic voice. “Society's idealisation of being in love can often convince us we are in love when actually we are not - and when the reality is closer to unhealthy dependance, or simply a fear of being alone” says Sarah of the song. “The song shines light on this common experience.” The single is the first taste of their forthcoming EP, to be released late August via Spunk! Records.

Written over the course of years, the EP explores romantic idealisation, heartache and self-possession with frank, powerful vulnerability. “All five songs were written at different times when I was undergoing rapid change in my life and loosing sight of who I was” says Sarah.

Produced by Simon ‘Berkfinger’ Berkelman (Philadelphia Grant Jury, Art Vs Science), and including new bass player Oliver Ellis, the EP finds the band’s lush, indie-rock sound - which has been likened to The Go-Betweens and Cocteau Twins - informed by a new-found confidence and lucidity. Building upon the immersive, hook-filled songs of their debut EP Just a Drop, they sound more bold and bracing honesty than ever before.

Sunscreen emerged from a casual jam in a sharehouse garage between singer and guitarist Sarah Sykes, guitarist Alexander McDonald and drummer Hugo Levingston. Since then the band have garnered significant buzz, having performed support slots for DMAs, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Jen Cloher and Ali Barter, as well as receiving radio and video spins on Triple J, ABC’s Rage and American college radio.

The band will embark on an East Coast tour in support of “High Over Love” this July.

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

13 Aug 2019

Triple J
45

sunscreen are taking up even more real estate in my heart with this one. it's jangly, energised and balances carefree with totally obsessed.

sunscreen are taking up even more real estate in my heart with this one. it's jangly, energised and balances carefree with totally obsessed.

Review

Review by Tommy Faith Tommy Faith

08 Aug 2019

Triple J
40

Suncreen have a way of making guitars sound just so, the perfect counterpoint to Sarah's voice. Similarly love the drums in 'Think About You', flurried and constant.

Suncreen have a way of making guitars sound just so, the perfect counterpoint to Sarah's voice. Similarly love the drums in 'Think About You', flurried and constant.

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

07 Aug 2019

Triple J
40

A new Sunscreen song = another promise fulfilled of dappled guitars and enchanting vocals from Sarah.

A new Sunscreen song = another promise fulfilled of dappled guitars and enchanting vocals from Sarah.