Indie Radar: Sunrise and Ammunition



Meet Sunrise and Ammunition, the result of a drunken, misguided, yet glorious orgy between

the members of Pink Floyd and Muse. These (only) three kids, none of whom are over the age of 19,

are prodigies of progressive indie rock. Hailing from the Houston local scene, they produce a style of

psychedelic mind-fuck that sounds like at least four or five people worked on it. When I saw this band

a couple months ago, I was completely blown away, with my only criticism being the guitarist/

vocalist’s psuedo-emo haircut, which I quickly stopped caring about because I was slapped hard in the

face by their energy and rapidly moving/changing motifs and riffs. Moral: don’t judge a book by it’s

cover or a band by their haircuts.

If that didn’t moisten your palette, then here’s some even more cool points that S&A can go

ahead and tack to their resumes: after the show, the bassist, out of the generosity of his sweet,

compassionate heart, just gave me their debut album, Tesseract. I didn’t ask. I didn’t beg. I just said,

“You guys were really good. I’m out of cash or else I’d totally buy a CD.” AND HE JUST GAVE ME

ONE. Anyway, I digress.




There is loads of activity on this album, Sunrise and Ammunition has plenty of surprises

throughout the album to make sure you’re paying attention. Things start off relatively calm, on Jovian,

then before the song is even over, they introduce a new theme without warning or preface. The

following song, Albatross, kicks things up notch with a more riffy jam, but later changes up the pace

with some ambiance at the end. By the time I get to track three, I’m already hooked. It’s like I think

I’m listening to an indie band, then all of a sudden I’m listening to a (good) metal band, then a

progressive-psychedelic rock band, and then back around again. The track, Manowar, perhaps

emphasizes this notion the best, taking influence from all of the genres I just listed. If you aren’t too

into metal or high intensity music, don’t worry, they are definitely more on the indie rock side of

things. If that’s more your thing, then I recommend Light Dream, The Apotheosis, Listenting Room, or

Eternal Now. That being said, you can’t really go wrong with any track on Tesseract; it is one of those

albums that you shouldn’t reduce to a few songs, and listen to as a whole, instead.

Tesseract feels like a journey on a space-time rollercoaster. I almost feel like I’ve come out of a

DMT trip after listening to the album. (Metaphorically speaking, of course). They have a hard-hitting

sound, that they deeply contrast with enveloping, atmospheric soundscapes and indie rock throughout

the album. It’s a damn good listen and they were incredible live. I am really looking forward to seeing

what Sunrise and Ammunition has to offer in the future. They are in that prime, young age of

creativity and I only expect more great things to come from this kickass group.


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