Energetic and immediate yet dreamy, Sunscreen are a force to be reckoned with in the Australian scene. The Sydney four-piece are fast becoming known for their unique take on garage rock: catchy hooks and soothing vocals that carve new grounds in the indie landscape.
The band started when lead singer Sarah Sykes (Flowertruck) invited guitarist Alexander McDonald and drummer Hugo Levingston over for a jam in 2016. Since then, Sunscreen’s sound has since found a toughness that can only be gained through cutting your teeth on Sydney’s stages. Bringing The Pretenders, Mazzy Star and The Go-Betweens to mind yet remaining something else entirely, Sunscreen’s guitar-pop finds power in emotional vulnerability, sticking to the inside of your head like glue.
Sunscreen’s breakthrough single ‘Voices’ was added to ABC RAGE on rotation, airing nationally for six weeks straight in mid-2017. Voices received airplay from Triple J and community stations like FBi Radio, 4ZZZ, Triple R, PBS and College Radio stations in the US and Canada. The song caught the attention of some of Australia’s hottest acts including the DMAs, whom Sunscreen supported at their ‘Dawning’ single launch at Paddington Town Hall last October.
The band was quickly signed by Spunk! Records and independent label Dinosaur City Records for the split release of their debut EP ‘Just A Drop’ in October 2017. The EP’s leading single ‘Tide’, an intricate duet co-written by McDonald and Sykes, hit rotation on Sydney’s FBi radio upon release and was added to RAGE and MTV Australia. Sunscreen has supported Jen Cloher, DMAs, Totally Mild and West Thebarton, and is showcasing at BIGSOUND 2018. The band has gained a powerful new force in the addition of bassist Oliver Ellis (BLAND), and are currently at work on their debut album, to be released in 2019.