There's a long lineage of bands who've taken the girl-group sound of the '60s to a more bombastic level. Melding those classic pop hooks of the past with a more chaotic musical setting. Think Ramones, Jesus & Mary Chain, Suicide, Phantogram or Cults. Now comes the husband wife duo Sunshine & The Rain, adding pummeling drum machines distorted, intense feedback and classic pop hooks.
S&R's Justin Morey grew up in Jersey City, NJ listening to the eclectic sounds of local radio and taking influence from the noisey underground that would come from nearby WFMU and the burgeoning hip hop of DJ Red Alert on KISS-FM. A veteran of groups like The Rye Coalition and The Black Hollies, you can hear his past endeavors shine through in the abrasive edge and the psychedelic tinge they bring to give the group a fresh new direction on the tradition of this musical lineage. The two members split the vocals but the lead vocals of Ashley Anderson Morey string the sound together. It's not easy putting pop hooks on top all of this chaos but it ends up strung together in a cool vibe that keeps the sound in a classic pop footing.
In early 2016 the duo headed into Sonic Youth's Echo Canyon West studio with the legendary Jon Spencer to begin work on their debut LP. Eschewing some of the more lengthy psych leanings of their earliest days, Spencer coaxed the band towards a more immediate sound, cutting down track lengths and leaving nothing but pointed pop gems with sugary hooks and a dirty Ramones grit cutting throughout. From the instant gratification of singles like "Let's Go" and "I'm Not Your Girl" to aggressive earworms "Take Me Out Again" and an unexpected cover of Fugazi's 'Merchandise," In the Darkness of My Night is a statement that never strays from its point.