Sunset Sons came into being when Rory, Pete, Jed and Rob encountered each other whilst pursuing their love of surfing in the sleepy French beach town of Hossegor.
Drummer Jed witnessed frontman Rory hammering out cover versions (incredibly, taking in everything from QoTSA to D12) on a bar piano, in-between stints pot-washing in the kitchen.
That bar, ‘Le Surfing’, happened to be owned by Australian bassist Pete’s cousin, and lent its name to Sunset Sons’ self-funded and released debut EP. That same EP went on to enter the iTunes Rock Chart at no.6, having been recorded in just three days.
As a strong buzz began to build around the band, their subsequent first UK tour took them not to the typical major city dates in London and Manchester, but out to the coastal surf towns of the UK including Thurso, Scarborough and St Ives. Their down-to-earth love for surfing and its no-nonsense lifestyle keeps all four members of Sunset Sons still living by the sea in Hossegor today, more than a little bemused by their own success; ‘That was part of the deal’ says Rory. ‘We couldn’t write the songs we do living in, say, London’.
Summer 2015 found Sunset Sons with a Radio 1, Absolute and Radio X-playlisted single, bolstered by slots on nigh on every festival bill going (Glastonbury, T In The Park, Isle of Wight, Boardmasters). True to form, as soon as the season was over, the band returned to Hossegor to finish recording their debut album. Due Spring 2016 and bearing the tongue-firmly-in-cheek title
Very Rarely Say Die, sessions for the album were split between Nashville, London and France, helmed respectively by Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Tom Waits), Catherine Marks (Foals, Wolf Alice) and Producer/Mixer James Lewis (Arctic Monkeys, Rae Morris).
Having opened for Imagine Dragons across their huge 30-date UK and European arena tour through Autumn 2015, Sunset Sons have announced they will back their album debut with a sizeable 14-date UK and Ireland tour through March and April 2016, before heading out on 17 European shows. The tour includes their biggest London headline to date (having already sold out Scala, House of Vans and Community Festival) at Koko on 6 April 2016.