by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Sonny and the Sunsets - I Wanna Do It (MP3)
Sonny and the Sunsets released their new album, Hit After Hit, this week on Fat Possum. You can download "I Wanna Do It" at the top of this post and stream the album in its entirety over at Spinner. Unlike last year's laid back and folky Too Young to Burn, the new album is more of a party --inspired by '60s pop and garage. Opening track "She Plays Yo-Yo with My Mind" cribs liberally from The Standells' "Dirty Water."
At least a couple of the songs on Hit After Hit (including "I Wanna Do It") are reworked versions of songs written for Smith's 100 Records project which you might have caught at the late Cinders Gallery last summer. Embued with Smith's (and fellow Sunset Kelley Stoltz) encyclopedic knowledge of pop and his wry sense of humor, Hit After Hit's a great little record.
Sonny and the Sunsets -- songs from Hit After Hit live
Sonny and the Sunsets - 2011 Tour Dates
06/04 Sonoma, CA Huichica Festival @ Gundlach
06/22 - 06/25 Calgary, ALB @ Sled Island Festival
06/27 - Vancouver, BC @ Waldorf Cabaret *
07/29 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
07/30 - Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands
08/05 - 08/07 Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon