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The best kept secret in music



Loaded with soulful vocals and an alluring mix of keys-based guitar rock, this EP is a warm introduction to Toronto’s Sunriser. At times reminiscent of the occasionally curbed enthusiasm of Broken Social Scene, the band’s catchy pop sensibilities are guided by the simmering passion of guitarist and lead vocalist Darryl Webster. The unassuming launch of the lead song, “The Joke You’ve Become” gives way to an infectious, dreamy groove before Webster checks in with his laid-back phrasing on the piece’s moody verses and hooky choruses. Like much of Broken Social Scene’s best work, the power of “The Joke You’ve Become” stems from its hypnotic effect on the listener, which may explain why it was featured on the 2004 season premiere of Queer as Folk. A similar sensation is achieved on songs such as the title track and “When You Were Me,” while the band indulges its penchant for ’60s psychedelia on “St. Augustine’s Parade” and the Britannia nod, “Manic Street.” The only misstep here is the wah-wah drenched, Big Sugar-meets-Red Hot Chili Peppers workout “Cincinnati,” however it is a forgivable infraction on an otherwise remarkable EP. - Exclaim! Magazine


EP - All my big plans end in miserable failure
DVD - song "All my big plans end in miserable failure" featured on CFL's Grey Cup Experience 2004
RADIO - played on-air set at 102.1 The Edge in Toronto, ON
RADIO - "The Joke You've Become" played on 102.1 The Edge in Toronto, ON
RADIO - interviewed on CHON-FM in the Yukon
RADIO - peaked at #2 on 92.5 The X in Kamloops, BC
RADIO - added to summer rotation at Bearcast Radio in Cincinnati, OH
RADIO - peaked at #3 on CIUT 89.5 in Toronto, ON
RADIO - peaked at #5 on Radio Waterloo in Waterloo, ON
TV - "The Joke You've Become" featured on season four of Showtime's "Queer As Folk"
FILM - song featured on feature film "Ice Men"


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SUNRiSER – 1) The bringing about of a new day. 2) A nickname for a Finnish girl. 3) Hope. 4) A four piece from Toronto.

SUNRiSER formed in 2002 and consists of lead singer Darryl Webster, Cameron Pyziak on the drums, Dave Engle on keyboards all three of whom are originally from Toronto, Canada. Declan Loughlin plays bass and is the product of Manor Hamilton, Ireland.

In May 2003 the band entered Chemical Sound (Sloan, Blue Rodeo) to record their debut EP “All My Big Plans End in Miserable Failure”. The seven song recording deals with a wide range of topics and sounds from soft heartache to angry rock to satirical folk. So far it has received excellent reviews and is only a small taste of what a full length LP will eventually offer.

In their first 3 years together SUNRiSER have been featured as one of Sleeman’s Label Free best unsigned bands, played consecutive showcases at North By North East ’03, ’04, '05 and charted in the top 5 on Canadian Campus Radio. The band have also licensed songs to the television show “Queer as Folk” and the feature film “Ice Men”. The band ended 2004 with a bang receiving a generous amount of radio play from edge 102.1 in Toronto and learned they will be featured in the CBC’s new Grey Cup DVD. 2005 began by being selected to join the Budweiser True Music tour across Canada.

SUNRiSER are currently focused on growing their fan base, improving even further on what they feel to be the most important part of a band, “The live Show” and writing their debut LP which will include their most promising songs to date “C’mon, C’mon" and “All the days from then”.

SUNRiSER's influences include Supergrass, The Cardigans, Sigur Ros, Travis, Wilco, The Beatles and Kula Shaker.