The Sunset Kings

Genre: Electronic, Indie, Pop, Soul/R&B
Hometown: Boston, MA

The Sunset Kings is an American indie rock band in the post-Frank Ocean era. Their cinematic lyrics are inspired by beat poetry and the Boston poetry scene, and their unique blend of music incorporates jazz, pop, psychedelia, soul, and prog influences to create forward-thinking alternative rock.

The band's first full-length album, "The Ballad of Bella Fury" begins in a hotel room in Laguna Beach, scrawled on a notepad one summer night in 2012. It's about cross-country road trips, alcohol-driven nights on the beach, and the heartbreak rollercoaster of love, hate, and self-discovery that leads to seven friends from all across North America brought together in Boston by the struggles and highs of music. Distorted guitars, improvisational saxophone melodies, and sweeping string arrangements punctuate a story about coming of age in a world that's getting smaller and farther removed from its origins. 

Their newest release, "Shadow Work In Technicolor" follows the band into 2020, two years after the death of their bassist Shag. The tug and war of touring as an independent band and the members of the band dealing with grief, loss, and trying to maintain their lives back in Boston lead to the ultimate dissolution of The Sunset Kings, as each member ventures into independent solo projects. "Shadow Work In Technicolor" is the joint effort of vocalist Star and saxophonist Neumi as they weigh the pressures of their elevating musical experiences against their hidden personal struggles.

Posted on 3/3/21