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"Six Hour Sundown Release New Video"

"Shadows Of My Past" is the new video from SIX HOUR SUNDOWN, the UK based rock band, fronted by Lauren Harris (daughter of IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris).
The video was filmed during one of the group's rehearsals and can be viewed at the bottom of this posting.
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"Six Hour Sundown Release New Video “Shadow of My Past” and Announce Sonisphere Appearance"

Following their highly charged debut music video for recent single Jekyll and Hyde, SIX HOUR SUNDOWN now take us behind the scenes at their rehearsal studios. This new promo video is for a track taken from their hotly anticipated album called ‘Shadow of my Past‘.
The band are currently in USA where they are promoting their single JEKYLL & HYDE and generally flying the flag for British Hard Rock. Their own take on the genre is a blend of edgy, guitar driven catchy riffs, with huge hooks, topped off with powerful yet soulful vocals, the kind of music that would find itself at home on most of our playlists! The band come in to their element with blistering live performances that have allowed them to stand out, pushing past the cliches and quashing the stereotypes to head up the new army of female-fronted Rock acts making an impression in 2012.
- Hard Rock Nights

"IRON MAIDEN Bassist’s Daughter LAUREN HARRIS Releases New SIX HOUR SUNDOWN Video"

“Shadows Of M? P??t”, th? f?r?t video fr?m SIX HOUR SUNDOWN, th? U.K.-based rock band fronted b? Lauren Harris — daughter ?f legendary IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris — ??n b? seen below. Th? clip w?? filmed during ?n? ?f th? group’s rehearsals.

Formed ?n late 2009, SIX HOUR SUNDOWN w?? born fr?m ? desire ?f ??k?-minded fr??n?? (?n? experienced musicians) t? g?t back t? th? heart ?f wh? th?? w?nt?? t? m?k? music ?n th? f?r?t ?????.

A???r??ng t? ? press r??????, SIX HOUR SUNDOWN “blurs th? boundaries ?f m?????? genres w?th edgy m???rn rock riffs, driven b? ? solid rhythm section ?n? topped ?ff b? ? contemporary melody lines, delivered b? ? vocalist wh? puts h?r heart ?n th? ??n? w?th ???r? performance.”

SIX HOUR SUNDOWN ?r??t?? music th?t takes influences fr?m bands ?? diverse ?? FOO FIGHTERS, 30 SECONDS TO MARS ?n? VELVET REVOLVER b?t ?t ??? times keeping ?t? ?n?q?? vision intact.


Lauren Harris – Vocals
Tom Gentry – Guitar
J?m?? Bennett – Guitar
Mitch Witham – Bass
Olly Smith – Drums

Wh?n ??k?? wh? ?h? ??????? t? ???n?h ? band ?ft?r touring ?n? releasing ?n album ?n??r h?r ?wn n?m?, Lauren t??? Planetmosh, “It k?n? ?f turned ?nt? ? band wh?n I w?? ??t ?? ? solo artist anyway, b?????? ??? ?f ?? became ?? close ?n? w? ?t?rt?? wr?t?ng songs together ?n? stuff, ?n? th?n w? ??????? t? drop th? n?m? completely ?n? perform properly ?? ? band. . . I’m n?t th? ?n?? ?n? ?n th? band . . . ?? w? ???t w?nt?? t? m?k? ?t ? bit more equal, ?n? yeah, th?t’s ?t, r?????.”

Regarding th? ?r?g?n? ?f th? n?m? SIX HOUR SUNDOWN, Lauren ????, “W? w?r? talking amongst fr??n?? ?n? ???t laughing ?n? having ? drink ?n? stuff, ?n? ??? kn?w, wh?n somebody ????, ‘Oh, I fancy ? drink,’ ?n? ?t’s ??k? ?n? o’clock ?n th? afternoon ?r ??m?th?ng, ?n? ???'re ??k?, ‘R?????, ???’re g??ng t? ?t?rt drinking n?w?’ Th?n someone ????, ‘It’s five o’clock somewhere ?n th? w?r??.’ . . . W? w?nt f?r six, b?????? six ?? ? ?????r n?mb?r, ?n? six ?? m? birthday, ?n? ?t k?n? ?f led ?n fr?m th?r? — six h??r sundown.

On th? topic ?f th? b?gg??t ??ff?r?n?? b?tw??n SIX HOUR SUNDOWN ?n? th? LAUREN HARRIS band, th? singer ????, “[SIX HOUR SUNDOWN ??] m??h more ??rr?nt — th? songs ?r? more ??rr?nt. Wh?t w? w?r? doing before w?? ??m??t ? ??ff?r?nt genre, r?????. I th?nk n?w ?t’s ? lot more rocky, more melodic rock, whereas before ?t w?? m??h more pop-orientated rock, ?? I th?nk th?t’s r????? th? main ??ff?r?n??, ?n? ?f course, n?w th?r?'s ? band feel t? ?t, wh??h I th?nk gives ?t ? completely ??ff?r?nt feel anyway.”
- Blast beat store


February 18th, 2012 | Author: Maja Trstenjak
Six Hour Sundown is the name of British rock band fronted by Lauren Harris, daughter of legendary Iron Maiden bassist, Steve Harris. Band was founded in 2009, influenced by Foo Fighters, 30 Seconds To Mars and Velvet Revolver. They have recently filmed a video during one of their rehearsals for song „Shadows Of My Past“. You can watch the video below.
- venia

"Time for Six Hour Sundown"

Time for Six Hour Sundown - Circlepit

"Six Hour Sundown - Jekyll and Hyde"

They Say :- SIX HOUR SUNDOWN have taken their time to get things just right prior to setting their first track free in to the public domain.

The dynamic front woman of this band is none other than Lauren Harris who has already cut her teeth in the business touring the World with Iron Maiden, playing some of the biggest venues and festivals on the planet. Joining her on this new venture as a complete band unit with a fresh outlook on contemporary Rock n’ Roll, are Tom Gentry (lead guitar), James Bennett (rhythm guitar) Mitch Witham (bass) and Olly Smith (drums). The band was born simply from a desire of like-minded friends (and experienced musicians) to get back to the heart of why they wanted to make music in the first place: “Being part of a band is where I feel totally at home. It’s where I’ve needed to be mentally and creatively… I think people are going to be surprised at what they hear.” says Lauren.

We Say :- Lauren Harris has a lot to live up to, given that her father is Steve Harris from Iron Maiden and she has, up until now, fronted her eponymous Lauren Harris who rose to prominence, erm, supporting Iron Maiden. Easy to dismiss then ? Just another rich kid trading on a famous surname ?

Well no, Not really. I must admit I did kinda think that before being blown away by her performance at Sonisphere a couple of years back, her amazing voice backed up by a decent young guitarist named Richie Faulkner…

When Richie took the call from Glenn Tipton and headed off to replace K.K. in Judas Priest Lauren took the decision, rather than just replacing him, to put a new band together and Six Hour Sundown were born.

Jekyll & Hyde is the first fruit of the band to see the light of day, OK so it’s only one track but it bodes incredibly well for the future. There is a massive appetite for coursing, attitude fuelled rock’n'roll and that is something that Six Hour Sundown deliver that by the bucketload.

Dismiss Six Hour Sundown at your peril, this really is excellent stuff which will have fans hanging off the rafters in clubs when the band hit the road. - Cack Blabbath

"Six Hour Sundown to appear in Sonisphere 2012"

They’ve played at the Sonisphere before, yet when it comes to play at such a huge festival, every slot is massive success! Quintet featuring lovely Lauren Harris on lead vocals, will be part of the Sonisphere, along with Metallica, Soundgarden, Evanescence and the rest of the megabands. Six Hour Sundown have already released their first single and video “Jekyll & Hyde”, debut album entitled “Shadow of my past” will be out soon and… and you are in for a treat as Rockpages has already conducted an interview with Lauren! - Rock Pages

"Jekyll and Hyde review"

Female vocalists have a hard time in rock and metal. It seems that if you can’t sound like a man then you sound too much like a popstar. But Six Hour Sundown bridges the gap. Vocalist Lauren Harris is the daughter of the legendary Steve Harris of Iron Maiden, and it really shows in her talent. She certainly sings with the attitude and defiance of someone who has grown up with the biggest British metal band in the world. Harris brings edgy female vocals from the classic female rock era to a contemporary hard rock band. Think Pat Benatar standing in for Hayley Williams. Harris has spent the last five years touring extensively with various bands, supporting Iron Maiden and Lacuna Coil and performing at the majority of major European Festivals, including a killer performance at Sonisphere this year with the newly formed Six Hour Sundown.

Olly Smith (drums), Tom Gentry (guitar) and Mitch Witham (bass) make up the rest of the band. ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ is Six Hour Sundown’s debut single, and I challenge anyone not to play it on repeat. Heavy rock rhythm and guitar are combined with a ridiculously catchy chorus, sung with the kind of female vocals that haven’t been heard in this genre for decades. The killer guitar solo is the cherry on top of this delicious rock cake. This is without a doubt one of the best debut singles of 2011, here’s hoping that the 12 year old Avril Lavigne fans don’t take the band and turn it into another commercial pop rock sellout. Six Hour Sundown is definitely a band to watch out for in 2012, and will no doubt be making an appearance at all the major rock festivals this summer.
- alt sounds


"Shadows Of My Past", the first video from SIX HOUR SUNDOWN, the U.K.-based rock band fronted by Lauren Harris — daughter of legendary IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris — can be seen below. The clip was filmed during one of the group's rehearsals.

Formed in late 2009, SIX HOUR SUNDOWN was born from a desire of like-minded friends (and experienced musicians) to get back to the heart of why they wanted to make music in the first place.

According to a press release, SIX HOUR SUNDOWN "blurs the boundaries of musical genres with edgy modern rock riffs, driven by a solid rhythm section and topped off by a contemporary melody lines, delivered by a vocalist who puts her heart on the line with every performance."

SIX HOUR SUNDOWN creates music that takes influences from bands as diverse as FOO FIGHTERS, 30 SECONDS TO MARS and VELVET REVOLVER but at all times keeping its unique vision intact.


Lauren Harris - Vocals
Tom Gentry - Guitar
James Bennett - Guitar
Mitch Witham - Bass
Olly Smith - Drums

When asked why she decided to launch a band after touring and releasing an album under her own name, Lauren told Planetmosh, "It kind of turned into a band when I was out as a solo artist anyway, because all of us became so close and we started writing songs together and stuff, and then we decided to drop the name completely and perform properly as a band. . . I'm not the only one in the band . . . so we just wanted to make it a bit more equal, and yeah, that's it, really."

Regarding the origins of the name SIX HOUR SUNDOWN, Lauren said, "We were talking amongst friends and just laughing and having a drink and stuff, and you know, when somebody says, 'Oh, I fancy a drink,' and it’s like one o'clock in the afternoon or something, and you're like, 'Really, you’re going to start drinking now?' Then someone said, 'It's five o'clock somewhere in the world.' . . . We went for six, because six is a cooler number, and six is my birthday, and it kind of led on from there — six hour sundown.

On the topic of the biggest difference between SIX HOUR SUNDOWN and the LAUREN HARRIS band, the singer said, "[SIX HOUR SUNDOWN is] much more current — the songs are more current. What we were doing before was almost a different genre, really. I think now it's a lot more rocky, more melodic rock, whereas before it was much more pop-orientated rock, so I think that's really the main difference, and of course, now there's a band feel to it, which I think gives it a completely different feel anyway." - blabbermouth

"The Maiden, The Priest and a Six Hour Sundown"

Lauren Harris is known in music circles as the daughter of IRON MAIDEN bassist/founder Steve Harris first, and as a vocalist second. If she has her way that’ll change over the next year, and she’s off to a promising start

This interview never would have come to pass if it wasn’t for a tip from ex-MEGADETH guitarist Jeff Young, who suggested checking out an indie band called SIX HOUR SUNDOWN on YouTube during a weekly round of “Look what I found…” They came across as a better than average ‘80s-flavoured hair band for the modern day (minus the poofy hair), and the singer was a familiar face. Quick online investigation confirmed that it was indeed Lauren Harris front and center, but Six Hour Sundown’s appearance in the ring has been so low key that most of the initial attention received is the result of genuine curiosity rather than Iron Maiden family tree hype.

“It has been rather low key,” Harris agrees, “because we were doing the Maiden thing through 2008 and 2009, and there was a lot of hype around it at the time. I haven't really been in the spotlight for the last couple years, and I've started up a new band using a new name rather than using my own name again. I've started from scratch, really.”

Most people would agree that dropping her own name in favour of Six Hour Sundown can only benefit Harris in the end. The move was made, she says, when her touring band fell apart.

“The first album was a solo thing, but when I was on the road with the guys it turned into more of a band. It was only natural for that to happen since we spent so much time together, and we really were like a family. You hear about some bands that just don't get on, they're not like real friends, but we were friends. But, because of other circumstances, it couldn't continue. Randy (Gregg/bass) was in New York and we couldn't keep flying him over to the UK because money was an issue. And with Richie (Faulkner/guitars), well, he went off and joined JUDAS PRIEST (laughs). Tommy (McWilliams/drums) left a while back because he was never going to do the drumming originally; he was part of the producing side of things, and he became our drummer because we needed one. It just became a long term thing. When Olly (Smith/drums) got involved he became part of the family, so Six Hour Sundown is me and Olly continuing on with a new band (also featuring Tom Gentry, James Bennett and Mitch Witham) which we started when Richie left in February 2011.”

Having grown into the band dynamic, Harris’ new musical direction stomps all over her pop-rocked debut, Calm Before The Storm. Six Hour Sundown won’t be mistaken for a metal band any time soon, but the new music is much more guitar oriented, well rooted in the ‘80s if the songs ‘Jekyll And Hyde’ and ‘Angels’ are any indication.

“I was involved in some of the writing for Calm Before The Storm, but a lot of it was written long before I was involved,” Harris reveals. “When I did come in, some of the material I wasn’t initially involved with was rearranged and rocked up, and when that happens you can’t really change the song from what it is. With the new material, I suppose it was a case of my influences coming in. Richie and I did most of the writing together. Olly came in later and he was part of a few of the songs, so it was a long process of people coming in and out. When Richie left, Olly and I continued writing.”

Harris concedes that Calm Before The Storm was, at its heart, a vehicle to get her name out there.

“Yeah, definitely. With the first album, like I said, a lot of the songs were done before I was even around. Some of them were written four years previous to me getting involved. It’s actually very accurate to say that.”

Some people might consider Harris’ debut a case of taking the easy way through the front door. Now, however, she can be held accountable – for better or worse – for everything that goes down from here on out.

“I’m happy for it to be my fault now, to be honest (laughs). I guess with the first album, because we were put out with Maiden and Within Temptation and bands like that, I kind of felt because of the type of music I was doing that I probably would have done better if I’d gone out with someone more mainstream. That’s why it was a bit of a battle. I’m a bit uncomfortable with playing some of the songs on Calm Before The Storm to those audiences anyway, really. With Six Hour Sundown, it’s completely me, where I co-wrote every track on the album and it’s the direction I want to be going in.”

“When I think about it now, I can’t believe how much we actually got away with,” she adds. “I really can’t. Richie and I and our label were talking about it before he left the band; we were listening to the album and said we couldn’t believe it. And some of it we didn’t get away with because people did give us a lot of stick for it, which was fair enough.”

At this point, a release date for Six Hour Sundown’s debut has yet to be finalized, but they’re hoping to have something out before summer in order to take advantage of the festival circuit. Smart money has the band issuing a second single in early 2012 to keep the buzz going; momentum that will likely grow thanks to Faulkner’s presence on the new album. Like it or not, he’s a selling point for anyone who considers him a worthy replacement for Judas Priest’s K.K. Downing.

“Yeah, it will be a selling point, which is great. We obviously didn’t know what was going to happen when we recorded the album, because we recorded it last January and Richie left the band in February to join Priest. We were saying ‘Oh my God…’ because we’d just paid for the recording and thought we might have to do it all over again. We decided no, we can’t go back and re-record everything because it would destroy us financially. But, we’re very happy for Richie because Priest is a great opportunity for him.”

As opportunities go, supporting Iron Maiden in any capacity ranks near the top of the heap, and Harris doesn’t downplay the significance of that achievement. For a young artist presenting music better suited at the time to an Avril Lavigne-oriented crowd, it sometimes amounted to a hazing at the School Of Rock, and Harris learned a great deal from the experience.

“Something like that does teach you a lot. Over that two or three year period I grew so much as a performer. I learned how to deal with things like people giving me the finger and spitting at me… I learned to deal with any situation. When I first started to read comments on YouTube or on forums where people were completely slagging me off, it really upset me like it would with anybody. But towards the end of that period and now, I don’t give a shit what anybody thinks. I’ve done it all. I’ve been in a total male environment as well, which was really difficult to start off with because I had to prove myself, and some men don’t want to give you, as a woman on stage, the time of day.”

“We really did go out there as a band fighting every night. Some nights we didn't know how things were going to go down, especially in specific regions or countries where there was a heavier music scene. It wasn't all bad. We played in front of something like 50,000 people in Sao Paulo, and had similar numbers in Porto Alegre, and we had great responses from people. I wish I had the chance to do that with this album, because I think people would accept it a lot more and the music would have more credibility.”

By her own admission, however, Harris doesn’t see another tour with Maiden as the best thing for Six Hour Sundown.

“I don't think I'll go out with Maiden again. Obviously I'd love to, because who doesn't want to play in front of thousands of people and travel the world? But, I don't think it would be right to do that again.”

There's always the Priest connection…

"(Laughs) Again, that might not be the best thing for us, but who knows? It would be amazing if it was a one-off show or something like that, but definitely not a tour."

Having quite literally grown up within the world of Iron Maiden, Harris has the unique opportunity as a musician to pick the collective brains of her extended family. Business advice, songwriting tips or second opinions, she has a treasure trove of industry expertise to draw from if need be.

“I have in the past, definitely,” she admits, “but with having a new band we're stepping away from all of that. It's nice to have the connection there, of course. We've also made friends along the way like photographer John McMurtrie, whom we met on tour, and he shot the 'Jekyll And Hyde' video for us. Things like that have really helped us out a lot.”

As for how Harris’ father may have influenced her, it clearly wasn’t on a musical level. Then again, Steve Harris is about more than just songwriting and on-stage machine gun bass lines.

“It's taken me a long time to figure out that I wanted to do this on my own,” says Harris. “We did two tours with Maiden, and for the first one my dad was saying 'Come on, do the tour, you'd be crazy not to.' Maybe he influenced me that way, because we did do a second tour as well. But, because I've grown up a lot I've found my own voice. When I started I didn't know a lot about the music industry other than what I learned from being around it. There were also people looking out for me, so I wouldn't have as much of a say in things like I do now. I think my dad influenced me in the way that he's so focused and sticks to what he believes in. That's the whole Maiden mentality anyway. They've never succumbed to any fashion, they've never done what people tell them to, they've always done what they wanted. That's something I've learned from him, definitely.”

Harris has also come to understand why rather than merely accept the fact her father is viewed by some Iron Maiden fans as a living legend.

“I do understand that. When I was a little kid I didn't know any different, and I didn't really take it in until I was a little bit older. When people are literally shaking to meet him or they're crying, it's like 'Wow.' Obviously it's a big deal for some people. On the other, it's just my dad, so it's kind of weird (laughs). I'm sitting there having breakfast with him one day, and the next day people are freaking out over him. I totally get that, though, because of what Maiden are all about, their music, and what they stand for.”

There’s something to be said for accompanying Dad to work and being thrown out on stage to greet 50,000 people.

“Exactly (laughs). When you go out there and see that many people, you go 'Yeah, I guess Dad is a big deal (laughs).'”

- Carl Begai

"All Sounds"

"Lauren certainly sings with the attitude and defiance of someone who has grown up with the biggest British Metal band in the world. Harris brings edgy female vocals from the classic female rock era to a contemporary Hard Rock Band. Think Pat Benatar standing in for Hayley Williams... Heavy Rock rhythm and guitar combined with a ridiculously cathy chorus, sung with the kind of female vocals that haven't been heard in this genre for decades. (Jekyll and Hyde) is without a doubt one of the best debut singles of 2011" - All Sounds


Jekyll and Hyde - Single released December 5th 2011



SIX HOUR SUNDOWN hailing from London, England are at the helm of the new breed of female fronted rock acts, taking the music industry by storm.
With an apprenticeship to the industry that had her cut her teeth in front of thousands, at venues like: Madison Square Gardens (New York City) and Budokan (Japan), there's a lot more to front woman Lauren Harris than meets the eye. Sneaking quietly onto Sonisphere's line up, 2011 saw SIX HOUR SUNDOWN grab the crowd's attention and with the music industry watching closely as Iron Maiden bass player, Steve Harris's daughter took to the stage, SIX HOUR SUNDOWN proved they have more than just impressive connections.
They deserve to be on the stage. Lauren possesses all the attributes of a natural and skilled front woman and has found her creative destination along side: Tom, James, Olly and Mitch who are established and accredited musicians in their own right.
Lauren delivers a hot-plate of attitude akin to that of Joan Jett, never have we seen a rock front woman quite hold her own against her male counterparts and... do it in style! But this is a 'band' and it is their intuitive, musical compatibility that lead to the birth of SIX HOUR SUNDOWN, providing a fresh (not to mention welcome) outlook on contemporary rock.

You can hear the influences from: Foo Fighters to Thirty Seconds to Mars via Velvet Revolver, in SIX HOUR SUNDOWN's sound and it bodes well for a very exciting debut album release in 2012. And although there is a worldwide fan-base standing by already, SIX HOUR SUNDOWN have an appeal to all of us who can't deny tapping our feet to a band who are clearly born for the stage and quite simply, love what they do.