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"If Arcade Fire had a scuffle with Placebo, they'd form the hybrid that is Sunflies. The dark indie-rock band purvey a crunchy crescendo of vocal tenderness, with crashing guitars and subtle harmonies." Kate O'Flaherty, NME, 24th February 2007
20th February 2007 - The Hat Factory, Luton
"...[Middle act] 'Toy Drum' come perilously close to playing a couple of happy songs. Bad idea. The good stuff's always in the dark corners.
Not that you'd have to tell Sunflies that small essential truth.
If Toy Drum are more evolved (than [opening act] The Suspects), then Sunflies are the eight legged, four headed finished article.
They've been working hard this past year, despite line-up changes, and it shows. New drummer Chris Marks is a real find. He looks a bit insane when he plays, sets his cymbals up some crazy distance from his stool and if you were seeing the band for the first time, as I was, you'd think he was a founding member, as he doesn't miss a beat all night.
Basically Sunflies were a class above the rest tonight and their performance reminded me of the first time I saw a signed act. They had that solid, polished sound you can only get from some serious hard work.
Musically they're pretty dark, but they could make nursery rhymes sound ominous if they played them with the sort of muscular intent they displayed tonight. Singer James Scott goes after the vocals with an intense fury and co-vocalist Joanna Scott feeds off his energy, prowling and whirling around the stage, looking cool and a little scary at the same time.
Matty doesn't do any whirling, but he's got a massive 5 string bass round his neck, which he plays with nonchalant style. They play a tight set, each song distinct from the other and never let the standards drop, a point rammed home by the stunning way the set was ended.
You had to be there.
And if you weren't, my advice would be to quit your job and spend the rest of your life watching bands."
Spike - VBAH Fanzine
CD Review: Sunflies - The Indigo Sampler
"The Hertfordshire-based four-piece consisting of lead vocals and guitarist James Scott, Joanna Scott on additional vocals, bassist Matt Long and newest member, drummer Chris Marks (who replaced Alex Walker after the E.P. was finished) are one of the most polished bands on the local live scene and it shows with a short but perfectly formed CD.
Influenced by the likes of The Cure, Nirvana, Muse and PJ Harvey there should be little light and shade in the delivery of their tracks, as they explore the darkness of the soul - but if you're expecting eardrums to be battered and broken with a torrent of indie-rock prepare for a surprise.
Amidst their angst-ridden, well-written melodic three tracks - Vampires, Caroline Slipped Across The Sky, No Change Without Pain - is a deftness of touch in blending James' commanding lead vocals and Joanna's haunting vocals in support, which together capture an intense, raw, tortured but sometimes tender tone and mood."
John Wailes, Luton@Large, May 2007
Music Journalist Bobbie Killip (The Sticks, Manilla, On-The-Rocks) has gone on record as saying: "A refreshing leap into a deep, sometimes dark pool, Sunflies is the beauty of a man, staring at the heavens, with his feet planted firmly on the ground."
15th August 2006 - The Hat Factory, Luton
"Since the last time I saw Sunflies, they have lost a bass player and a guitarist but have gained a new bass player in Matty Greenbank... From their last performance I was definitely a fan of the dark and slightly gothic rock that the Sunflies play and the new lineup definitely live up to my previous impressions. The songs are tight, the vocals are sharp and they play with an energy that the impressed crowd soaks up with glee. I would definitely like to nick a few of their bass lines but I doubt I'd be able to play them let alone get away with it... All in all a thoroughly enjoyable evening. PDM Paul announced that this was the biggest crowd he's had for a 3 band show on a Tuesday night." Kieron -VBAH Fanzine
2nd March 2006 - The Well, Luton
"[Sunflies is] a local band quickly building a name for themselves. They're definitely the most original band of the night, providing an atmospheric and moody blend of modern indie and 80s goth synth, a pleasant concoction which forms something in the region of New Order, or The Cure. Combine that with some punk energy and a few mellow numbers, and the result is a band that is both creative and good to hear. What impressed me most was their ability to do all these different things so well; the fast, energetic tunes were played with precision and intensity, while the slow songs were played with passion and emotion, and all the while the band kept their energy and displayed their talent. Although I do enjoy this kind of music, I haven't seen many local bands who play it, especially not this well. I'll be checking them out in future."
Tim B - VBAH Website
The Cure, Nirvana, The Doors, PJ Harvey, Muse, Radiohead...