Silver Sunshine recently put on a truly great live show. It was the middle of the afternoon on a Saturday, at M-Theory Records in South Park. Eighteen people witnessed it-26 counting band members and clerks. One could say San Diego music fans should be ashamed at the paltry turnout-but really, no one knows Silver Sunshine.
That should begin to change on Nov. 13 at the Ken Club when the band performs to celebrate the release of their self-titled debut album on Rhode Island-based Empyrean Records. Silver Sunshine is an 11-track trip down psychedelic pop lane, like The Beatles with cleaner acid. It's a super-psychedelic throwback with just enough modern sound to put them in the ranks with Beachwood Sparks and Olivia Tremor Control.
Signed solely on the strength of their three-song demo, they've been working on the album since early last year. It's easy to see how a savvy record exec would be seduced by even a small sampling of the band's familiar but fresh sound-and, judging by their M-Theory performance, the up-close experience is even better.
Enough people took notice to earn the band a nomination at the 2004 San Diego Music Awards, a trophy that Rookie Card ultimately took home. Exactly how they were nominated remains a mystery to the band: "There aren't very many pop bands in San Diego, so I guess they had to nominate us since there wasn't anybody else," downplays bassist-vocalist Stuart Sclater.
Despite their lack of recorded output, the nod was a bit overdue. The band-Richard Vaughn, brothers Stuart and Lain Sclater and Ian Andrew-has been together since 2001. When they realized they needed another lead guitarist, they "rescued" Connor Riley from a local punk band.
A mutual appreciation for the psych-pop genre resulted in the full-bodied sound fans will hear on Silver Sunshine. It's anyone's guess how far they'll go, but if there's any justice in the music industry (I know, big if), it'll be to the dark side of the moon and back. BSilver Sunshine release their CD at the Ken Club, 10 p.m. on Nov. 13. Free. 619-702-6010.