Pre-Sale for Blue Light Starts on March 15th on iTunes
Sunderland’s new EP, Blue Light will surprise you. It’s got a little bit of an 80’s vibe. It’s dancier. It’s darker, but it has the same catchy lyrics and melodies fans became familiar with from Sunderland’s debut album, Closer Now.
The opening track, Every Night, kicks the EP off with an Offspring-esque drum/cowbell beat, followed by Zach’s smooth airy vocals and a melody that is sure to stay in your head for weeks. The song is only 2:30 long, so if you’re like me, you’ll be playing this one on repeat for a while! This song is available for download if you pre-order the EP starting on March 15th.
The second track, Blue Light (My Generation) has an anthem feel from the very first note. With a chant vocal and driving drum beat, the song moves back and forth between an all out dance song and a more laid back acoustic feel.
Brighter Days may surprise some Sunderland fans. It’s dark. It doesn’t have the same “feel-good” vibe so many fans are familiar with. The song really forces you to listen to the lyrics and think. It’s deep and it’s a sign that Sunderland’s music is maturing.
The closing track, Hold On, has a glaring 80’s vibe to it. So much so, that the first time I heard it, I thought of the movie, The Goonies. With an airy synth, filling most of the song, it almost has a bit of a video game sound to it if that makes sense…This song is a perfect example of Sunderland’s song writing skills, and the ability to connect so many influences.
The only even close to negative thing I have to say about this EP is that I wish there were more songs! Sitting right around 15 minutes of music, Sunderland gives you just enough new music to fill that craving, but they keep you wanting more.