Sunwatchers
Oh Yeah?


4.0
excellent

Review

by SandwichBubble USER (64 Reviews)
April 14th, 2020 | 27 replies


Release Date: 04/10/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Another notch in Sunwatchers’ bedazzled leather belt.

Of the few modern acts I follow, New York’s Sunwatchers is definitely one of the more unique. Not only in sound, but in attitude. The band plays psychedelic rock with a twist of avant-garde jazz and noise rock; it’s not necessarily a new sound, but it is certainly unique enough to help distinguish themselves from the pack. On top of that, they are also very “punk-minded” shall we say. Taking the term “progressive rock” to seemingly new extremes, the group doesn’t seem shy about inserting their politics into their work. Just a look at the cover for their last album (2019’s Illegal Moves) and you’ll get what I mean.

Why even bother saying this? Well, it’s practically been their identity for their entire career. For example, sales from this (and all their other albums) go to the fight against state incarceration. Their chaotic sound, blends of guitar and bleating saxophone, seem to be an insight into their worldview. Opening track “Sunwatchers vs. Tooth Decay” is as clear a mission statement a band like Sunwatchers could possibly have, while remaining entirely instrumental: a progressive jazz-rock bruiser with the energy to make the 7-minute runtime fly right on by.

If you’re at all familiar with the group, it will become clear that while this does continue in the tradition of their previous work, it is a lot more digestible. And that’s including the nearly-20 minute long closer, “The Earthsized Thumb”. While the band had always been more psychedelic rock than avant, the latter seems all but absent. Oh Yeah? is a bit more cohesive than their past work, but that same energy holds it together. Even if the album’s A-side is stronger than the B-side; there’s never really a dull moment. For a modern band, that’s an impressive feat.

Sunwatchers are a group that rose from the ashes of an (otherwise) defunct music collective, and 5 years + 4 albums later, they still manage to sound chaotic and distinct. Whether it be due to their sound or their politics, let’s hope these Sunwatchers don’t turn their gaze away too soon.



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SandwichBubble
April 14th 2020


13177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Quick review, shit review.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yPJVb5ZAL8



Stream: https://sunwatchers.bandcamp.com/album/oh-yeah



GhandhiLion
April 14th 2020


14009 Comments


Is the title a reference to cool aid guy? I hope so

Digging: Resina - Resina

SandwichBubble
April 14th 2020


13177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Check out their bandcamp banner/whatever.

I think they're cultists.

GhandhiLion
April 14th 2020


14009 Comments


Hmm lsd is a crazy drug

SandwichBubble
April 14th 2020


13177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album ranking time:



1. II

2. Illegal Moves

3 (tie). Oh Yeah? and 3 Characters (w/ Eugene Chadbourne)

5. Sunwatchers



I should check their first EP.

In fact, I'm gonna go do that right now.

GhandhiLion
April 14th 2020


14009 Comments


1. II (the only one I rated)
2. The two adjacent recordings that I probably skimmed
3. This one
4. Mike watt speaks on that collab album, that's pretty cool
5. Enjoy that

SandwichBubble
April 14th 2020


13177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Scratch that, Tomb Howl is absolutely not an EP. More like a compilation.

RYM strikes again with that incorrect cataloging.



Compilation is awesome so far though. Has better versions of songs off their s/t

GhandhiLion
April 14th 2020


14009 Comments


Weird, it was only added in 2017.

GhandhiLion
April 14th 2020


14009 Comments


He also didn't add the cassette before digital. Strange Australian users and their australian eps :]

SandwichBubble
April 14th 2020


13177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well I'm guilty of that too.

Just last week, some guy left some cryptic comments on an upload I did:

https://rateyourmusic.com/admin/corq/?req_id=8553293



So that's what he was talking about... is that a rule or something?

parksungjoon
April 14th 2020


38581 Comments


nice short writeup mate

sounds interesting will jot down. is this the best place to start or?

GhandhiLion
April 14th 2020


14009 Comments


Cryptic? I think he just wanted to make sure his bands album had a release date. You never added one originally.

I don't know if that's a rule, I will check wiki.

SandwichBubble
April 14th 2020


13177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@park Thank you, tnx

II is definitely their best, but try one of the shorter tracks off this ("Love Paste", "The Conch") to test the waters.



@GhandhiLion

Whoops that dude is a member of the band.

Why the hell didn't he add his own album to RYM...

Don't worry he already put in a release correction, problem solved-o

GhandhiLion
April 14th 2020


14009 Comments


>member of rym since April 07
The day you added it

Hmmmm how on earth did he know? lol

parksungjoon
April 14th 2020


38581 Comments


gotcha will do later m/

SandwichBubble
April 14th 2020


13177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Ghandhi

Ooooooooh right, my bad memory.

A week is a long time apparently.



Alright I remember what happened now.

I was going though the artist queue looking for quick and easy "YES"'s or whatever and I stumbled on his new artist profile, but he didn't add a release.

So I added one for him.



This mental anguish and humiliation is what I deserve for trying to help out my fellow man. I'll never do it again.



@park I hope you do, they're solid.

AsleepInTheBack
Staff Reviewer
April 14th 2020


7187 Comments


excellent lil write up. sounds like a fun record.

SandwichBubble
April 14th 2020


13177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just saw this comment, thank you. It's a good time for sure.



Went from 18 ratings on their last album to 1 for this, sunwatchers train must've left the station.

parksungjoon
April 14th 2020


38581 Comments


nah sput doesnt know how to check more than one album by the same band

unless its radiohead tool opeth dream theater metallica iron maiden brand new thrice zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

SandwichBubble
April 14th 2020


13177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Or the Strokes apparently.

Tsk tsk tsk, they do it to themselves.



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