Australian independant alternative rock band The Sunpilots have been living on the road, touring around most of the world for the past five years, including playing at Woodstock. They recently released an album, King of the Sugarcoated Tongues, which they’ve made available to download for free, and it’s worth it! So I suggest you get on that.
It begins with “Prologue: 3 Minutes To Midnight.” This is an interesting song; very melodic, with vocals that are highly captivating, making you get lost in the music. The pace goes back and forth from a slow to a slightly faster tempo, but it has a catchy tune throughout.
The next song “Chapter I: King of the Sugarcoated Tongues” has the same tempo and the same kind of vocals, but the lyrics of this song are why I love it so much. The way they talk about jesters and kings makes me feel like I’m in medieval times. My favourite lyric would have to be “But shrouded by the veil of night the puppet king begins to bite the hands that hold the silver chains he’s shackled with. And from the ashes of a fool a superstar will rise to rule the secret armies they once led. All hail the king, the prince is dead.” Their lyrics are cleverly written, and I feel like there are hidden meanings or messages behind them.
“Chapter II: The Captain” has a really fun snare drum and guitar intro, and they blend really well together. The talent of the guitarist really shines in this track with the solo. The only thing I don’t like about this song is how long it is. I know there are much longer ones out there, but when a song is eight minutes long and hardly changes tempo, I will probably lose interest (and I don’t think I’m alone)
One of my favorites off the album is “Chapter V: Rain,” maybe because it has something to do with a cat, or perhaps because once again the lyrics are cleverly written, and the way they’re sung is mesmerizing to say the least. Their vocalist, Raj Siva-Rajah, has the tendency to sing high, but it’s a softly strained kind of high, not the loud and ear piercing high notes.
The last song, “Chapter VII: Exodus,” is another one I enjoyed listening to, even if it is one of the longer ones. I only like it because it starts out fast and loud, and then changes to softer and slower. It’s also more groovy than the other songs, demonstrated through the guitars. All in all, it’s clear why this band is successful around the world. Their music is different, like they have a sound that nobody has really heard before, especially in the vocals. I’ve become a fan of them from this album, and I’m looking forward to their next one!
Written by Shannon Fong