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Ultimately, this is what we care about. You may have a well-regarded LP or EP, but this is radio, and we don’t play LPs. Here, it’s all about the songs. You either have it, or you do not. There is no in between. And, yes, we take this list more seriously than any other.

Listed below, the top 50 songs for the year based strictly on direct listener feedback, total spins, and upvotes using the Live365 player widget. There is no cheating this list. Many you’ll know simply because they graduated to our “That Song” station IDs, which showcase the best that the genre has to offer. Below, find our original broadcast aired 30 January 2015. Special thanks to The Yellow Traffic Light, who graciously allowed us to borrow their #30 charting song for the show’s intro and outtro.


Top 50 Shoegaze & Dream Pop Songs of 2014

1. Lightfoils – Diastolic
The early promise of Lightfoils was fully realized in this album, and especially this, the song of the year.
2. Ringo Deathstarr – Flower Power
The mighty Deathstarr has been flirting with ‘epic’ lately, and this proved to be more epic than most.
3. The Florist – Middle of Winter
That a new band from Japan should generate so much buzz on our air is a testament to great songwriting and execution.
4. Lowtide – Blue Movie
I don’t believe a more heartrending song has ever been released in the shoegaze genre, maybe ever.
5. Cheatahs – Geographic
A circus funhouse filled with twisted joy.
6. To The Wedding – Silver Currents
Plaintive, perfect. We can probably shut up about this one by now.
7. The Raveonettes – Sisters
Cagey veterans break it down with immediacy, like they’ve got something to prove. Done.
8. Tennis System – Technicolour Blind
Torrid.
9. Cre•scen•do – Gatsby
The sound may be reminiscent of Captured Tracks, et al. What sets Cre•scen•do apart from that pack. SONGS.
10. Vibragun – Dream Disintegrate
Sure, probably the “poppiest” of their album offerings, but one to repeat again and again.
11. Airs – June Gloom (PTP Session)
Of course you haven’t heard this on your favorite mega.alt.radio station. They’re old and slow, and usually a year behind the curve. Their loss, not yours.
12. Highlands – Beauty
A refining of their epic sound, soaring and shimmering, and overlaid with dark harmonies. Pure brilliance.
13. The Lees of Memory – Little Fallen Star
The return of the kings, showing the kids how it’s done.
14. Nothing – Bent Nail
The hardest working band in show business brings the tunes.
15. A Shoreline Dream – The Silent Sunrise
So many songs on a great album, the instrumental usually gets no love (on the radio or elsewhere). At the risk of offending, this was a complex, multifaceted, brilliant execution of their core sound. Perfect for long mountain/coastal drives with the button on “repeat”.
16. Orange Yellow Red – We Ran
The strong pop sensibilities made this one of the most played songs this year, in an album full of strong songs. Our only 2013/2014 crossover cheat, as it really took hold this year.
17. Soft Science – Feel
A shot of pure sugar and sandpaper. A revelation.
18. Vibragun – Supernova Comedown
Sure your latte alt.radio didn’t play this. Their loss. The rhythm section drives a perfectly churning slice of slacker aggro reminiscent of Swervedriver at their finest.
19. Iris – Haunt Me
Canadian upstarts shake up the Whirr/Pity Sex sound, and produce one of the songs of the year.
20. Wray – Apacheria
A layered, fuzzy, chugging time bomb of awesome.
21. Whirr – Mumble
Give the lads credit where due. Their textured moodiness will stab you in the heart.
22. Be Forest – Captured Heart
From the opening notes, you know you’re in for a magical ride.
23. Aerofall – I Turned a Blind Eye
Sweet propulsive motors and swirling backdrops.
24. The Enters – End of the Summer
Captures a feeling in one song better than most bands do in a whole album.
25. Ringo Deathstarr – God’s Dream
26. Magic Love – Growing Organism
27. Crescendo – Not Sure Yet
28. 宇宙ネコ子とラブリーサマーちゃん 日々のあわ
One of the most talked about debuts in recent memory. Literally blew up our Facebook and Twitter feeds.
29. The Cherry Wave – Fuzzthrower
30. Thud – Lime
31. Static Daydream – The Only One
32. The Yellow Traffic Light – Care
33. Seasurfer – Stay
34. Crisis Arm – Coy
35. The Spirit of the Beehive – Roll Over
36. Car Crash Sisters – Automatic
37. Flyying Colours – Not Today
38. Wildhoney – Seventeen
39. Spotlight Kid – Sugar Pills
40. Blush Response – Telltale
41. The Mary Onettes – Naive Dream
42. Sheer – Skin
43. To The Wedding – Come On
44. Dead Leaf Echo – So Wrong
45. Balms – Head in a Safe
46. The History of Apple Pie – Tame
47. Asalto al Parque Zoológico – Sonnen
48. Sounds Of Sputnik – Light Scheme feat. Ummagma
49. Jaguwar – Muffhead
50. The Daysleepers – Dream Within a Dreamworld

Is there a lot NOT on this list? Sure. It was a damn good year. It’s only a crime that some quality releases didn’t quite make the cut. But we’re not going to apologize, we’re going to say THANKS. Thanks not only for the artists and quality releases listed here, but for the top-notch tracks that didn’t make the cut, but should have. Congratulations to the artists and labels that helped make it a banner year. Here’s to 2015!

Listener Poll Results (partial)

1. Static Daydream – Static Daydream – Inside
2. Car Crash Sisters – Automatic
3. Stella Diana – Edward Teach
4. Sounds of Sputnik – Overdrive feat. Ummagma
5. Sounds of Sputnik – Light Scheme feat. Ummagma

Surprised by the stealth release of the new Raveonettes LP Pe’ahi. Unsurprised by the excellence of the new Field Mouse LP Hold Still Life. It’s been a busy week for new music, and we’ll dump it all over you all weekend. Brand new haze from The Noise Tigers. Fresh curiosities from Bummed, of Somerville Mass. A fuller experience of The Florist LP Dark Entries (big in Japan, big with our listeners). Spiky noise from Mexico’s MONTCLOVA, and Japan’s Housekeeper. Impressive psych-gaze from Italy’s Grass on the Sun. A dash of Honeyblood. New mixes from the ever-epic Seasurfer. Last minute (literally) additions from Wray, off their new self-titled LP. Plus the pre-release Crisis Arm and Airs tunes we’ve been whispering about. So grab your partner and do-si-do, we’ll spin the new sh*t.

8 pm Eastern, 5 pm Pacific, and continuing through Sunday at midnight Eastern, 9 Pacific. It’s the first weekend we’ll spin some of these tracks, and may be the last weekend for some others. Live365 listeners: it’s your votes that count! Your thumbs-up / thumbs down ratings determine what is kept in permanent rotation. Listen via the Live365 station page at DKFM, on iTunes Internet Radio under “Eclectic”, and on TuneIn Radio for iPhone/Android/Windows. Latin America relay: try Radio Terra. And commercial-free everywhere! You can even keep up with the new tracks and artists you may have missed: we’re live-scrobbling via our last.fm profile. Now you’ll know what you heard, or catch up on what you missed. Full alpha listing as follows:

Ablebody
Airs
Allusondrugs
Asalto al Parque Zoologico
Ask For Joy
Asobi Seksu
ATOMBOMB
Barnard’s Star
beko
Bellavista
Beverly
The Bilinda Butchers
Black Twig
Bleak Boys
Bleak House
Blonde Redhead
Blonde Tongues
Bloodhounds on My Trail
Bloom
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Bummed
The Capsules
Ceremony
The City
Clustersun
Comet Control
Contrast
Craft Spells
Cre•scen•do
crisis arm
Cuicks
Cult Classic
The Daysleepers
Dragon Turtle
drifterswift
duplodeck
Engineers
The Enters
Fantasyprom
Field Mouse
Flat7
The Florist
Fluffytails
Flyying Colours
For Tracy Hyde
Francesca Fiore
The Fresh & Onlys
Fury Things
Ghost Lake
glace
Gleemer
Glintshake
Grass on the Sun
Heathers
High/Low
Highlands
The History of Apple Pie
The History of Colour TV
Honeyblood
Housekeeper
Howling Bells
HYLA
Imandra Lake
Incense
iris
JAGUWAR
Jekyll
Jubilee Courts
Kaela Sinclair
Kaleidoscopes
Kid Foguete
Kindling
The Koniac Net
The KVB
La Sera
Lava Lite
Let’s Be Loveless
Letting Up Despite Great Faults
Lightfields
Lightfoils
Lights that Change
LLLL
Lone Poets
Lowtide
Luha
magao
Mark Gardener
Mary Joanna & The Southern Electrikk
Mercy Fist
Milky White
Miniatures
Miracle Falls
Modern Time Machines
Montclova
Moonsters
Movienite
Mountain Meets Water
My Red Dress
Neuman
Nevermind Me
The Noise Tigers
Okkur
On-The-Go
The Only Ghost in Town
Otoño
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Pallow
penguin airways
People of Nothing
Pinkshinyultrablast
Plastic Girl in Closet
POLA
Power Pyramid
Privacy//Policy
Rachel Goswell
The Raveonettes
rayos y manchas
Redspencer
Romeo Moon
Sand
Savage Sister
Save Switzerland
Schonwald
Seasurfer
Secret Colours
Selekhov
Serfs
Sexores
Shallow
Sharon Van Etten
Shelling
Sighs
Sleep Party People
Slowness
Snakadaktal
SoulSonic
Spiral Life
Stagnant Pools
Star Horse
Static in Verona
A Sunny Day in Glasgow
Surfing
Sweet Jane and Claire
Taffy
Tape Waves
Tempers
Tennis System
Towns
The Twilight Sad
Twin Studies
TYYNYT
Ummagma
The Us
VANIISH
VANITY
The Watchmakers
We Keep the City Running
We Miss the Earth
Whirr
White Blush
The Wildest Smiling Faces
Wildhoney
Wolf Alice
Worries
Wozniak
Wray
YUKI
Пожар
ヨシオテクニカ
宇宙ネコ子とラブリーサマーちゃん
3 Days from Retirement

Needing another word for epic. We may have used our annual allotment of the word.

It’s a dreamy sound. If you had to compare it to anything, you’d compare it to the sound of Portland rain. The intricate twin-guitar interplay sounds like getting caught in a small but refreshing rain shower. THIS is Soft Shadows. As they prepare for wide distribution of their new full-length disc, Reverb is for Lovers, we sat down with the members of Soft Shadows and asked them about music, philosophy, and life.
Soft Shadows is:
June – vocals, guitar, producer
Thuy – vocals, synth
Ryan – guitar

DKFM
: From a stellar few singles to a full LP. That’s no small jump. What did it take to get there?

June
– I would say the biggest influence was the people that we met while playing shows. Every person perceived us differently. To some, we were a rock shoegaze band, and to others we were an electronic act. I like not being able to fit in a mold and doing what we feel we need to do with what we have. I enjoy working under limitations, so we knew going into this record that I didn’t want a completely flawless album. I wanted to leave head room to grow as an artist.
Ryan – For me, I think as a band we felt refreshed with the change in lineup; just an overall excitement to write new material and get into the studio. I love to record new material. It’s like a first date with each song; they start out one way and grow as you spend more time with them.
Thuy – Not sitting on anything too long. It’s one of our pros and cons, like a fickle double-edged sword. We’re constantly being shaped by every passing experience and compounded memories, and what was once a good idea may feel foreign several months later. Song sketches are filenamed by the date they were written because there’s just so many. I’ll say, “Hey, ‘feb 18’ sounds pretty good,” or “What happened to ‘turkey day-2’? It’s a waste if we don’t do something with it.” In the end, if we don’t finish recording something within a certain time range, a song may unfortunately slip through the cracks because we’re just not attached to it anymore. Originally, this was planned to be an EP since we stripped it down from 15+ songs. Chris (Neon Sigh) was bummed to hear this since he loved “A Soft Night,” so we added that along with “Cheap Signals” last minute.

DKFM
: Influences. At times I detect a tip of the cap to The Raveonettes, but so much of this sound is not like any other. And it’s a pretty big leap from your former incarnation, Sundaze. Describe how you arrived at this sound, and what goes into making it?

June – This album sounds less distorted because I wanted the guitars to sound more like guitars back in the 60’s. Sundaze was about hiding behind a haze of distortion and reverb, and I wanted Soft Shadows to have a thinner veil. We might revisit a darker, cloudier theme, but for this debut album, it was very important for us to not sound depressing. I do not believe we are depressing people by nature, so I felt it is important to portray that.
Ryan – Yeah, there is a Raveonettes influence to a degree. Radiohead, hip hop, Stereolab – there are a lot that find their collective ways into our brains but I think what comes out is us and I hope it’s unique. Sound wise it’s fairly simple. Fender amps and guitars mostly and just what we do. Turn the ugly beautiful.
Thuy – We wanted something lighter and cleaner, more air. There are times when June would hit a writing block, and I’d recommend some books to inspire him. Bukowski is one of them. He was a “dirty old man,” but his prose is clean and honest.

DKFM: “Reverb is for Lovers” is probably the album title of the year, right? But we hear that wasn’t the working title. You MUST tell the story!

June – We recorded the album with the idea of calling it A Pile of Smoke in reference to Radiohead. As the album came to a finish, it no longer felt the same from its incarnation in the studio. The mixing process yielded a cleaner body that we didn’t want to hide. We landed on Reverb is for Lovers because it’s our opening track and we felt it’s a good introduction to our band for new listeners, and also an interesting direction for anyone that followed Sundaze.
Thuy – June was pretty excited with that one. He brought up in a conversation, “Why is it that no one has Reverb is for Lovers? Is there a song out there with that title? It’s such a good name!” So naturally, a song had to live up to the name, “Reverb is for Lovers” and became ours. However, as he mentioned earlier, A Pile of Smoke came up as a possible EP name. Not a name that really rolls off the tongue (maybe fumble awkwardly) but he was jazzed about it. A month or two later, I was working on the album art and mocked-up the title A Pile of Smoke on the cover for June to review. Luckily, he agreed maybe it wasn’t a good idea and Reverb is for Lovers reclaimed everything, song and album name.

DKFM: Touring. You’ve got your first out-of-state dates under your belt, having toured much of California. As the new album approaches its official release October 22nd on Neon Sigh, any initial plans about further touring?

Thuy – I’m so glad that we got to tour, finally! It was something we wanted to do for so long (even back as Sundaze) but the gears weren’t clicking all at once. Originally we aimed for Japan during hanami, but opted that perhaps staying in the US was the better move. One of our member’s schedule is blacked out all of fall/winter, so had to act fast to get something together, otherwise it wouldn’t be until Spring 2014. The first tour is the toughest for most bands, but even more so for us since we didn’t have an album out yet and had very little to offer other than a few songs online. Now that Reverb is coming out soon, I’m hoping Spring 2014 we’ll hit the road again.
Ryan – I would love to go to SXSW or the East Coast but we’ll see.

soft-shadows-live
Left to right: Ryan Simon, Thuy-Duong Le, June Kang

DKFM: You’ve launched an Indiegogo buy metronidazole cheap campaign to help promote the new release. Tell us a little about it?

Thuy – Everything we did so far we came up on our own. We like to keep things “in-house” sort of speak, but it comes with a lot of invested time, money and effort, on top of the actual music itself. The manufacturing of the album, we stayed local so that we could keep in consistent contact to ensure quality production and help keep the money in town, but things like this cost at least double of what you could find if you outsourced somewhere else. We want a good quality product and that’s what we’re delivering. The other half of the equation is actually getting it out there. We believe in non-commercial radio, and it is because of non-commercial radio, such as DKFM, that people hear about us outside of our small city of Portland. There’s so much we can possibly do on our own, as there are over 300+ main radio stations in the US. They are constantly being sent music everyday; what would separate our CD in a pile of hundreds? With the expansion of the internet, there’s so much good music out there to be found. It’d be a shame if all our hard work fell only to a few ears. We hope in finding the right radio promoter who’s in good standing with the radio community, our music can be reached to the stations that would be interested in playing. The Indiegogo campaign is a fun way to do pre-orders for the album coming out next week and to fund for our radio promotion campaign. We included a lot of “thank you so much!” perks like unreleased material, secret cover songs and even artwork I’ll create personally. If you like totoros, you’re in luck.
http://igg.me/at/softshadowsreverb

DKFM: Several tracks from the new LP have gotten quite a bit of buzz, both here and elsewhere, and your California dates are complete. How are folks reacting to the album, and hearing you on tour?

June – I would say the tour was a success and a good starting point for this album. We learned what we like about it, and also what we want to do for our next record. I think it’s very important to take every show seriously and learn from every experience through music.
Ryan – The tour was good in a lot of ways and I think the reaction overall was positive. For me, once the album is done, it is out of my hands. I can only hope people find something in it they can enjoy.
Thuy – We couldn’t have done it without the support of friends and fans. For one, a friend of ours, Jesse Johnstone, in LA played drums for us for that part of the tour, and it was an amazing experience to have flexibility in a live show. It was a treat for not just the LA audience who saw us live, but for us as well to have the pleasure of working with a talented musician and overall great person. Initially, we wanted to tour with our SEA/PDX buds, Jetman Jet Team (if you haven’t heard of them and you love a good modern take of space shoegaze, seriously check them out). Our schedules didn’t match up and they hit the road a month earlier. From them, we learned of Lo-Pie, a great little music publication based in LA that believed in our sound and hooked us up with Venice Music Crawl. It was a lot of fun and showcased the many great bands LA had to offer. Curt from The Bixby Knolls, who shared the stage with us afterwards, imparted with some kind words between breaking-down/set-up. That although our music is different from theirs and not typically something he’d listen to, he really enjoyed our set. It brought back the same atmosphere of feeling he shared with other bands he loved. And that’s what is important, right?

DKFM: “Whatever You Say” marked a major turning point in your sound, and planted the Soft Shadows flag going forward. Then you re-worked your magic differently in re-arranging and re-recording it for the album. Why?

June – The first version of “Whatever You Say” felt like a Sundaze song. I wanted to make it a Soft Shadows song. If you’re lucky enough to have found an early version of “Whatever You Say” on the internet, it would be a perfect example of the difference between Sundaze and Soft Shadows. I will just leave it at that.
Ryan – “Whatever You Say” was for sure a starting point for me coming into the band. It was a song I had seen June and Thuy perform many times while in Sundaze and I always loved it! When I came aboard I just tried to add to the song toward the end and give a bit of a subtle “answer” to June’s “calling” guitar part. Re-recording it just made the album more cohesive I think.

DKFM: Thuy, I’ve noted you’re doing more vocals, and they’re a lovely accent to the sound. Was this your idea, or did you get talked into it?

Thuy – Thanks, I’m worming my way in there. I felt like it was missing feminine harmonies, so I’d add them casually during practice. June ended up having me sing the chorus for “Love is a Dog from Hell” instead of harmonizing, and now we’re trying to incorporate more of that. I still have a lot of work to do be at a comfortable spot, but it’s moving.
June – Expect more vocals from Thuy in the future. I think the chorus for “Love is a Dog from Hell” was one of the highlights of the album for me.
Thuy – Aww.

DKFM: Anything you’d like to share with your new friends and fans as we sign off?

Ryan – Thank you for supporting independent music and to everyone through California that made the tour a success!
June – I would like to thank Greg at DKFM for being so interested and helpful to us both on the internet and in person. If it wasn’t for Greg, we wouldn’t have been able to play our Fresno show, and I think that show was one of the highlights of our west coast tour.
Thuy – Very much so DKFM. He’s our first official tour drummer. 🙂

DKFM: *blushes* Find Soft Shadows via their website, their label Neon Sigh, follow them on Facebook and Twitter. And share their Indiegogo campaign! http://igg.me/at/softshadowsreverb

Sunshine - Sunshine“We’ve got glassware / for every season.”

 About a minute into the opening track “Showering with Wine”, Sunshine lets you know you’re in for something different, better, special. Bright, beautiful, irreverent, unconstrained by musical dogma, the new self-titled LP from Sunshine drops a fat slab of… well, sunshine into your lap and DARES you to dislike it. Hint: you can’t.

 Hazy, sunny guitars and bright but breathy vocals and sparkling choruses, one wonders where all this came from? We harassed the members of Vancouver band Sunshine about the genesis of this project, and their plans going forward.


DKFM: Okay, obvious question, badly asked: What’s all this then? It’s as though Sunshine dropped out of the sky, unbeknownst to anyone! Where did you come from, how did this project come together, and how did you keep it a secret?



Trevor Risk (lead vocal, guitar): Yeah I suppose we should have given a little warning, like “WARNING: OUR PARENTS DON’T LIKE THIS MUSIC, SO YOURS PROBABLY WON’T EITHER!” or “WARNING: AT ONE POINT THIS ALBUM RHYMES THE WORDS ‘PARKING LOT’ WITH ‘A LOT’!” I don’t think we were trying to keep this a secret, but we kind of got so wrapped up in making each other giggle at stupid, repetitive jokes and writing loud (but pretty) songs that we almost forgot to play some shows and put the music out there.

DKFM: The “big fat slab of sunshine” question: are you all as happy and carefree as you come across on record? I’m sensing you’re pretty straightforward, as this album is properly polished and arrives fully-formed, but one would guess you spend at least 50 percent of your time just enjoying what you do. True, or well off the mark?



TR: It’s closer to 90 percent. You know those annoying people who are three weeks into a relationship and they try and feed you that “Oh, we never fight!” nonsense as if three weeks is actually a reasonable representation of a relationship’s demeanour? We’re those people, but two years into the relationship. There’s an unwritten rule in Sunshine that we can’t go 60 seconds without turning whatever we’re talking about into a big fucking joke. You’d think that would get frustrating, but we’re not smart enough to have that be an issue. We kind of have the attention spans of inbred puppies.

Gillian Damborg (keyboard, vocals): I’d say the music does sum it up – we are all pretty happy, forward people who would rather be laughing and getting silly than being all down and sad. Plus its harder to be angry and maybe we’re just kind of lazy. Plus we actually like each other.

Tyler Quarles (Bass, vocals): True, we do actually like each other. When we get together, the stresses that we carried earlier throughout the day seem to disappear into a mosh-pit of giggles. That being said, maybe we should get our rehearsal space checked for a gas leak?

DKFM: There are a number of influences that lightly infuse your music, but it isn’t derivative in any way. Hints of shoegaze, a pinch of grunge, and a 60’s garage sensibility can all be found here. What bands have you followed that colour your sound?



TR: I actually think we’re maybe the most derivative, but the funny thing is that the influences critics seem to think we have, are usually off the mark. Like, My Bloody Valentine pops up a lot in our reviews, but apart from maybe a few cuts off Ecstacy and Wine, and the fact that the first time I saw a girl’s private parts was while listening to Loveless, they’re not a big influence on me. I still haven’t listened to their new album, in fact. The following artists were either a loose or direct inspiration to this record: Frank Black, Giorgio Moroder, Rusty (the Canadian grunge act from the nineties), the Chantays, Jonathan Richman, The Dandy Warhols, and Weekend (NOT the Canadian trip-hop act The Weeknd. Please make sure that’s printed). (Ed.- done)

TQ: It would be hard to excuse my steady musical diet of New Order, The Stills, Raveonettes, and Siamese Dream – era Smashing Pumpkins. So I won’t.

DKFM: No doubt there’s a big demand on your time, your record release party was Wednesday night! Tour plans? Vancouver, the provinces, even further?

TR: Yeah we’d love to tour, we’re just trying to get all our tortoises in a row on that one. Can I admit that I have a fear of riding in cars? Well I just did, and I’m not just saying that to sound more like Marc Bolan. Either way, I should address that before we tour.

GD: Yeah we’d love to tour. I want to get into a van jammed with gear and four sweaty guys and spend every day for two weeks with them. It’s every girl’s dream!

TQ: I think we are all a little freaked out by how much land mass North America has and to feel we have to take it on all in one go. Possibly a few smaller tours localized to particular zones would be a good start. We’ll see, it’s all in the works!

DKFM: What’s been your most gratifying experience as a band thus far?



TR: Our song “Arnprior” is about my tiny little hometown, which I guess is a bit of a hokey subject, but I don’t have a lot of pain or heartbreak in my life and after penning two or three songs about getting wicked hosed with my girlfriend, I thought I should expand my content. Anyway, the newspaper in Arnprior (a town of 6000. Well, 7500 now) published a little blurb about the song. I mean, they did just copy the content from a feature we had in another magazine, and quoted me from a piece I did about five years ago before Sunshine even existed, but it was still satisfying; their just-use-Google journalistic style notwithstanding.

GD: I think our first show was one of my favorite experiences. Seeing all the people I love in one room is a cool thing, and kind of eerie because that generally only happens at funerals and weddings. Actually, I hope my wedding and funeral are EXACTLY like that!

TQ: We are all pretty busy people in various career and social commitments. To me (and it may sound lame) us taking on this as more then a side project over two years ago was a really gratifying experience. That moment of commitment was the best. We would never treat playing with each other or doing shows a “job” but getting to practice having eaten, on time, and every week, it helps to think of it as one so things get done and not pushed to the back burner – like every other thing I’ve tried to take on. It’s been easy to keep up any sort of positive momentum when you play with 4 other people you respect so immensely that you wouldn’t want to let them down by doing a half-assed job. See, there’s that word “job” again. Jeeze!

DKFM: Tell us about the promo photo we’re featuring. The whole crew is in bed, save for one member, fully dressed, examining the gatefold of Rush’s “2112” LP while the others look on in varying stages of bemusement and horror. What on earth is THAT about?

TR: That’s a subtle tribute to my favourite video of all time, “Sugarcube” by Yo La Tengo. There’s a scene when Bob Odenkirk is reading a Rush album as poetry to students in the quad of the “rock school” that they’re attending. I actually can’t stand Rush, even though they’re Canadian. In that photo I’m actually legitimately laughing at the lyrics I’m reading. Rush are agood example of why you shouldn’t let drummers write your lyrics.

DKFM: Anything you’d like to share with your current and future fans?

TR: Sorry that we’re so hard to search for on the internet. I know that “Sunshine” isn’t a Google-friendly term, and there’s that Czech band with the same name that Hype Machine and iTunes has us listed as, and Grooveshark thinks we’re the S Club 7 album Sunshine and all the other work you’d potentially need to put in just to lend us your ear. So if you see any of us in person, we’ll buy you a drink or look after your cat as a sign of appreciation.

GD: I love cats.

TQ: #sunshinesucks (and thank you for having us, cheers!)

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