The Sunflower Lounge
Review by Mae Simkin
With temperatures climbing and t-shirts coming out I wasn’t surprised when I got to The Sunflower Lounge that the terrace doors were open and most punters were drinking out the front. I got to the venue just after doors were opened and was very surprised to see it already packed out. I knew the event had sold well but people were already there ready to go.
After grabbing a drink I took my place on the stairs, giving me a great view of the stage but also the crowd enjoying the night’s entertainment. First up was CRYMSON, an indie band from Solihull.
They started their set with track “Tuesday Night” from their debut EP “No Sense Of Brain” which was released back in February; an upbeat track which was a great way to start off the night. My favourite song of theirs was “Bliss” which definitely has jazz undertones with awesome guitars riffs and a very catchy drum beat. They are very talented musicians – the only thing that could be missing is a bass player.
Next up was a band who completely had me enticed throughout their performance – The Mustoes. The alt-synth pop quintet from the Birmingham area had everything! Talent, great tunes and awesome presence. They are a band who I watched and wondered why they haven’t had more attention but there is plenty of time for that. They are incredibly exciting.
They played a range of songs – most of which are very high tempo – in fact, the drummer broke his stick part way through track “My Attention”. The show went on with ease. Their fans in the audience sang their debut single, “Twenty” and they really had the place rocking. Would definitely see again. I loved them.
Headline act of the night, Only Sun, created a brilliant party atmosphere before coming on by playing a variety of hit songs on the speakers such as Beyoncé‘s “Crazy In Love” and Smash Mouth‘s “I’m A Believer”. Balloons were thrown out into the crowd and some band members had party hats – it was very different but in a good way.
They’ve created an image for themselves. To survive in this industry you have to be different for longevity and I can see this band being successful for a long time. They were fun, energetic and were simply very positive which I seriously dig.
The indie-rock band from High Wycombe had the crowd dancing to bops such as “Youth” which has over four-hundred and thirty-five thousand streams on Spotify and “So It Goes”. They have a lot of material out there and since the gig I’ve been enjoying exploring it all. Their latest single is “Vice” which is another absolute tune with a snappy drum groove and strong guitar riffs. You should definitely check them out.