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Today Sonny & The Sunsets announces a handful of new West Coast dates in Jan. / Feb. 2014 supporting Thao & the Get Down Stay Down:

01/10 Seattle, WA Neptune

01/11 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom 02/14 San Francisco, CA The Filmore 02/15 Los Angeles, CA El Rey


Sonny Smith is also releasing I NEED YOU BAD, a new compilation of West Coast garage rock that he curated for Polyvinyl, on Nov. 26. The above track, “Those Drawings I Told You About” is taken from this compilation – stream more tracks from the comp. here.

  Praise for Sonny & The Sunsets’ Antenna To The Afterworld:
“Antenna to the Afterworld may have all the dressings of science fiction and fantasy, but like many great works in those genres, it’s a strong, emotive character study. He might’ve replaced the cowboy hat with a spaceman’s helmet, but Sonny Smith still writes like a country balladeer.” -Pitchfork
“A musical chameleon, Sonny Smith remains distinct in each of his guises, merely changing colors while retaining his unique shape.” -Paste
“Sonny Smith’s endlessly prolific San Francisco psychpop band Sonny & The Sunsets crank out loopy, fun, lofi tunes at scary rates” -Stereogum
“Get ready to sway for five minutes straight, as Sonny & Co. dexterously suck you into what is sure to be one wild ride this summer. We “can’t wait to find my little place in your weird world” too, Sonny & The Sunsets” -Filter
“I adore this song, and the video makes me love it all the more. “Green Blood” is from Sonny & the Sunsets’ new album, Antenna to the Afterworld. It’s a record filled with cinematic tales, told simply with guitars, bass and drums. And none of those tales are told as endearingly as they are in this song and video about love on a distant planet.” -NPR
“Sonny & The Sunsets leader Sonny Smith has worn dozens of different hats in his prolific music career, comfortably crafting tunes in the guise of a hundred different fictitious bands for a single project.” -Consequence of Sound
“The murder of a friend and a subsequent visit to a psychic inspired the lyrics on the new album which Sonny imagines himself as a visitor from another planet. We all feel like an alien sometimes. The somewhat fantastical lyrics then inspired the new musical direction.” -Brooklyn Vegan
“In an epic ploy to get us to think about death without really thinking about it, Sonny & The Sunsets pose us with existential questions that no one can really answer, all while we bop our heads to the tune.” -Impose


sonny album cover

Sonny & The Sunsets
Antenna To The Afterworld
Street Date: Out Now
Formats: CD/LP/Digital/Cassette Buy it here

1. dark corners
2. mutilator
3. palmreader
4. path of orbit
5. natural acts
6. girl on the street
7. death scene
8. primitive
9. void
10. earth girl
11. green blood