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Sun Dial – Sun Dial

April 24, 2010 by  

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Sun Dial – Sun Dial

NAME: Sun Dial
ALBUM: Sun Dial
YEAR: 2010 (May 3rd)
LABEL: Shrunken Head

FIVE WORD REVIEW: Twenty years too late, again…


LINE UP: Gary Ramon (vocals/guitars/drums) / Russell Barratt (bass/percussion)

WHAT’S THE STORY?: Twenty years ago, Sun Dial were universally panned for trying to reinvigorate the psychedelic sixties sound when the music scene thought it was horribly out of date. And here we are again, no lessons learned – it’s 2010, so Ramon thought that it’s high time grunge made a return. The album is unnervingly heavy, and unfortunately a little boring. Gary Ramon gets through bandmates like Berlusconi gets through women – they’ve both had far too many to make lasting, valuable relationships. This rings true of his latest offering, the self-titled Sun Dial. It’s quite obviously one man’s narrow vision of a grungey soundscape; unrelenting, droning songs that plod on with no surprises, or really anything interesting going on whatsoever. Rare moments of energy come on tracks such as ‘Double Cross’ and ‘Wrong With You’, but soon regresses back to it’s lumbering tone. This definitely for angry 14 year olds who missed grunge first time around. However, if you’re a Sun Dial fan, get the career-spanning and varied ‘Processed For DNA’ anthology out at the same time.

SOUNDS LIKE: the stripped down demo of a garage band in Seattle.


LINKS: Official Website // MySpace

– Owen Williams



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