SUNFLOWER was, according to their agent, travelling down the East Coast on tour and would like to drop into the 3MDR studios and have a chat/play, could we accommodate them?
All of this was literally just prior to the discovery of Covid 19 and the lockdown. On the day they were available Uncut and Unsigned (the program that would feature SUNFLOWER) already had a band booked, but with a bit of gentle diplomacy we were able to make alternative arrangements for the pre-booked band to change dates.
To date, Matt, the sound engineer and myself (Tony) the presenter, still feel that this is one of the tightest bands we have had on U and U for quite some time.
SUNFLOWER is a 5 piece band lead by Kahlia on vox, guitar and keys ably assisted by, Dan on lead, Lawson on vox/guitar, Willow on bass and Sean on drums. This combination makes for a real powerhouse or a gentle quintet and I have not seen their likes before.
Kahlia’s voice is so versatile and her compositions are stories of everyday life or powerful feelings and when harmonising with Lawson it takes on a whole different dynamic. No bubble-gum pop here!
The rest of the band play along like the pros they are, and that rhythm section is inseparable musically, an amazing feat.
One might say, yes, but these guys have had plenty of experience in other bands and hence have a head over others. This is true to an extent, but plenty of other bands are made up of people from diverse bands and it just does not work. SUNFLOWER works and to watch them is not only a pleasure but an experience too. One becomes immersed in their work which is quite mesmerising.
Their work is definitely power pop but not of the usual variety, as it is stronger and more meaningful and very SUNFLOWER centric. This band borrows from nobody and is its own master.
Better with Me, Better Days have similarities but are then in direct contrast to
Weak, both musically and vocally.
This band should be going places, well it is, but somebody, somewhere will
grab this band and we will here far more of them then.
A sheer musical delight.
Uncut and Unsigned
3MDR 97.1 FM