Release Date: January 4, 2019
Format: Digital and physical
Recording Info Per Bandcamp: “Far Beyond Suburbia”
was recorded and mixed by Chris Beeble at The Blasting Room
Mastered by Jason Livermore
November 26th – 30th 2018
Cover art by Bobbi Stark
All music written by Sunset Silhouette
Location: Denver, Colorado
Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)
Favorite Tracks: Far Beyond Suburbia, Oxford Road, It Had To Be, and Memory Lane
Sounds Like: The Lillingtons, Face To Face, Bouncing Souls, and Lagwagon
Denver’s Sunset Silhouette crept up quietly on the CPRA radar last summer when they dropped their first EP, “Detour”. I was pretty busy with life at the time and didn’t get to that review. So my fellow admin A?, did the record review. I always go back and listen to the music submitted, even if I don’t write the review. “Detour” absolutely blew my fucking mind.
I can remember listening and picking up the phone and calling some friends. “Dudes check this shit out”. OK so maybe I was a bit like cousin Marvin Berry from Back To The Future. I’m sort of this awkward introvert. By sharing music with others it helps me break out of my shell. Anyhow this review is not about me or “Detour”. It’s about “Far Beyond Suburbia”!
The EP was recorded at the infamous Blasting Room by Chris Beeble. Bands if you want a great sounding record, go to the Blasting Room! As the opening riff on, ‘Oxford Road’ kicks off. I can clearly hear its deeper and heavier when compared to “Detour”. It’s still signature Sunset Silhouette, yet seems to be lean more on the skatepunk side. The buildup into the chorus is just plain nuts. The heavy bass line adds that extra edge. The lyrics are very relatable to the human condition. Did you have a shitty day at work? Light up a bowl and throw this track on.
“Come let loose,
shapeshift with us,
escape impending doom with us”
‘It Had To Be’ is up next and intros in with a very familiar riff. You can feel the heartbreak in Brian’s voice on this one. I have no idea if this was personal to him or not, but that feeling is there and I love it. Sure it’s a bit depressing, but with every note, every cymbal crash, you can hear the emotions and feelings bleeding into song.
Next up is my personal favorite on the record, “Far Beyond Suburbia”. From the minute it came on for the first time. I’ve been hooked. The song starts off with a proper hardcore intro. The drums and vocals are killer. I find myself often with this song stuck in my head. Everything about this song is amazing. As one Youtuber said in regards, “It’s head bang worthy”. Haha!
“Far beyond suburbia
They probably haven’t heard of ya and that’s alright
Huddled inside the living room
Let’s go watch evening news but it’s all lies and it’s pointless
Mothers pop klonopin
Drink the wine in the garden and birdwatch, under the sunlight
Next door the government fishes for oil, money and greed disturbs our sacred soil, it’s not alright
Far beyond suburbia
Maybe there’s a place where people are thinking free
Far beyond suburbia
Maybe there’s a place for people just like me”
I feel like parents can be way too overprotective of our children. We take them away from the dangers of the city to the outskirts. We try to show them the “Right” way of living a life. Yet we forget that little person will grow up someday. They will realize all the bullshit that has been fed to them. My parents are caring and wonderful people. What they didn’t show me was the homeless folks lying on the sidewalks of downtown. The single parents struggling to get by.
They didn’t show me 20 years ago Rocky Flats dumping toxic waste into the Platte River. Don’t get me wrong I had an awesome childhood, but I feel like I was protected from, “Real Life”. Anyhow let’s get back to the review as we are nearing the end.
‘Memory Lane’ is sadly the last track on the EP. The riffs are my favorite part. These are kinds of riffs kids should listen to if they’re interested in music. I won’t make fun of anyone for throwing out the air guitar at school or work. With this song it’s easy to do. Again we have another song with fantastic lyrics and vocals.
It’s time to wrap this one up. Sunset Silhouette’s “Far Beyond Suburbia” EP is in one word amazing. The line they cross between pop and skate punk will lead in new fans from both genres. Brian’s vocals, combined with the talent of Evan, Joshua, and Nick have blended into a perfect 4 track EP. Get it while it’s still name your own price in the Bandcamp store, or make sure to hit their next show to purchase a physical copy.
- Oxford Road
- It Had To Be
- Far Beyond Suburbia
- Memory Lane
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- Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6pNAkYeSmcYor09h7dMZQV
- CPRA Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6oTuqEFrVPkGMGd3dT1CM5