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Denver, Colorado, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Denver, Colorado, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
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United by a dizzying array of influences, The Flaming Lips, Radiohead, Odd Future, hell, even Blink-182 are lumped in there, to name but a few, the fruit of these somewhat, ahem, languorous sessions have gradually been revealing themselves in recent months; the sultry groove of 'Anxious People' served as a swirling, thrilling introduction, while the twinkling piano keys of 'Aphrodisia' provide a surprisingly understated offering and the vibrant strut of 'Highway Screamin' is a stark contrast, and simply, well, mind-bendingly brilliant.

This clutch of tracks have us at The 405 well and truly swooning. Badly. The duo, however, aren't exactly phased; in fact, incredulously, they're "tickled". "For a while we were starting to get worried that we've been spending too much time by ourselves recording. When you're working on a song and hearing every detail over and over again, you start to lose a sense of what it would sound like to a first time listener. The reaction has been a relief to say the least. We finally have some affirmation that we're doing something right," before adding, rather tantalisingly, "With each release so far, we've been a little more comfortable trusting our instincts."

This lack of abandon, coupled with a refreshingly honest swagger, seems to be paying dividends. "We're inspired by all the bands you think we're inspired by. But we're also confident that we're bringing something new to the table." Much has been made of the sonic debt that they owe to fellow contemporaries such as Tame Impala and Pond, but Justin is defiant in his response. "Everybody knows we'd be lying if we said we're not influenced by Tame Impala, but Sunboy isn't a rip-off band. We try to have our own vibe."

With the resolutely British, autumnal climate beginning to linger, it's easy to yearn for the return of those slightly stickier months. Thanks to Jordan and Justin, Sunboy will be ensuring that summer loiters for a little while longer, enveloping listeners in their very own batch of sun-kissed haze for the foreseeable future. "There's an LP in the works. We've got six more under the hood for you guys."


You can hear more from the band by heading over to their Soundcloud page. We also recommend checking out our New Music Edict for more information. - The 405


Holy sheeeeeet. After one of the most emotional videos of the year dropping last week (Hozier’s Take Me To Church), Colorado’s Sunboy have released possibly the most downright enjoyable video of the year for new track Highway Screamin’. Several minutes of stop motion footage of scribbling on a blackboard, as the scenery rotates around the lyrics to the song, it’s nothing short of absolute genius, and, well, I don’t want to spoil it for you… With their 90′s Brit-pop sound mixed with an added tinge of psychedelia and these stunning visuals, Sunboy are arguably the new band of the year. - Crack In The Road


Colorado duo Sunboy (comprised of Justin Renaud and Jordan Lempe), come about as fully formed as a new artist can be. Their debut track, Anxious People, is a wonderfully colourful, psychedelic jam, that’s as open to its pop sensibilities, as it is to the lackadaisical, dreamy moments that litter and characterise it. This impressive track, paired with their press shots that are almost a sly dig at the rigid, predictable nature of most promotional techniques, it’s clear that Sunboy are primed for the big time, whilst without sacrificing either their sense of humour or their creative ingenuity. Check out Anxious People, and hit them up on Facebook. - Crack In The Road


Yesterday, a band called Sunboy wrote a new message on Facebook: “Hello, we are sunboy.” Their “about” section reads: “JL JR,” which—thanks to Crack in the Road—we’ve come to learn stands for the initials of the two members, Justin Renaud and Jordan Lempe. We also now know that they’re from Colorado, but that’s all we have. Well, that and their debut single, “Anxious People.”

Their first song is fully formed and impressive. It starts off feeling like a middle-of-the-road indie pop/rock song with a nice melody and steady mix of bass, guitar, and drums. By the three-minute mark, it swells into a bright, lush, psychedelic arrangement, and by the time that guitar solo kicks in, we’re already on board. Check it out below. - Pigeon's & Planes


Indie-pop duo Sunboy’s icecool indie pop suddenly became hot property after the release of psych-tinged debut track ‘Anxious People’.

As the title predicted, we’ve been on the edge of our seats for the last couple of weeks waiting for a delivery of some more UV-based goodness from the Colorado two-piece. As ever, the internet is our friend, yielding ‘Aphrodisia’ on Friday; a hooky, psychedelic slice of pop halfway between MGMT and Empire of the Sun.

It meshes hypnotic, swinging-timepiece piano with Jordan Lempe’s increasingly addictive vocals, all leading up to a whistling ending akin to Peter Bjorn And John’s ‘Young Folks’. Sunkissed, chilled and bubbling over with desire, it’s about as close as you’re gonna get to a musical Sex on the Beach. - The Line Of Best Fit


SUNBOY are a couple of guys from the States whose sound has been plucked right out from the Australia coast. Tame Impala comparisons are bound to sweep the duo off their feet, but the video for 'Highway Screamin'' shows they've plenty more of tricks up their sleeve, other than sporting a psych-rooted explosive sound.

If you thought stop-start footage videos were spent, this 'Highway Screamin'' clip (via CITR) is out to prove a point or two. A school blackboard comes to life, flicking through fancy patterns while sporting some impressive vinyl collections before everything gets sent skywards into heady, strobe-filled escape.

What a song, too. - This Is Fake DIY


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By Lee Wakefield | The 405

"We were best friends in middle school. We bonded over tight jeans and anarchy." If you're not hooked after that admission, stop reading now. For that exhilarating statement spilled from the mouth's of Justin Renaud and Jordan Lempe, the two scruffy Coloradans that make up Sunboy, a band that we are extremely enthralled by.
"Sunboy formed when we starting smoking marijuana together," Justin recalls. "I can't afford to have internet or TV at my apartment, but Jordan would come over with weed. We'd get really bored and start writing music."
United by a dizzying array of influences, The Flaming Lips, Radiohead, Odd Future, hell, even Blink-182 are lumped in there, to name but a few, the fruit of these somewhat, ahem, languorous sessions have gradually been revealing themselves in recent months; the sultry groove of 'Anxious People' served as a swirling, thrilling introduction, while the twinkling piano keys of 'Aphrodisia' provide a surprisingly understated offering and the vibrant strut of 'Highway Screamin' is a stark contrast, and simply, well, mind-bendingly brilliant.
This clutch of tracks have us at The 405 well and truly swooning. Badly. The duo, however, aren't exactly phased; in fact, incredulously, they're "tickled". "For a while we were starting to get worried that we've been spending too much time by ourselves recording. When you're working on a song and hearing every detail over and over again, you start to lose a sense of what it would sound like to a first time listener. The reaction has been a relief to say the least. We finally have some affirmation that we're doing something right," before adding, rather tantalisingly, "With each release so far, we've been a little more comfortable trusting our instincts."
This lack of abandon, coupled with a refreshingly honest swagger, seems to be paying dividends. "We're inspired by all the bands you think we're inspired by. But we're also confident that we're bringing something new to the table." Much has been made of the sonic debt that they owe to fellow contemporaries such as Tame Impala and Pond, but Justin is defiant in his response. "Everybody knows we'd be lying if we said we're not influenced by Tame Impala, but Sunboy isn't a rip-off band. We try to have our own vibe."
With the resolutely British, autumnal climate beginning to linger, it's easy to yearn for the return of those slightly stickier months. Thanks to Jordan and Justin, Sunboy will be ensuring that summer loiters for a little while longer, enveloping listeners in their very own batch of sun-kissed haze for the foreseeable future. 
-Lee Wakefield / The 405

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