Shrouded in January gloom? Wrap your ears around Sulky Boy’s new single, a rollicking lo-fi pop gem that will transport you to warmer climes.
‘Shasta Fay’ is a dose of moreish slacker-rock in the vein of The Magic Gang, featuring lyrics that talk of waves lapping at the shore in The Aloha State during its infectious refrain.
With the Brighton band’s new tune out now and ready to listen to below, we had a chat with Sulky Boy to get the lowdown.
‘Shasta Fay’ is a superb tune. How did the track come about?
“Thanks! We sat on this one for a while as I had the rough structure down but not much else. The first demo was awful but after some rewriting and stripping down its second iteration became something we were really excited about.”
How did Sulky Boy start out?
“It began as a solo project as the name suggests, but shortly afterwards I was introduced to Andrew who has been a creative staple ever since – we usually bring our own songs to the table but it seems that there is enough of an overlap in the way they sound that together we’ve created a consistent library of songs.”
What inspired your name?
“I didn’t want people to think I took myself too seriously – most of the songs are coated with a cynical, self-deprecating tone and I think the name reflects that. At face value, the songs are poppy and romantic, but the name gives it a sardonic edge. We write ‘Sulky Boys’ on artwork now to suggest that it’s not a solo effort anymore, probably to our detriment.”
Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?
“Alex G for covering such a wide range of sounds and songs, but remaining instantly identifiable. Omni strip everything back but are clever and infectious. Duds for perfectly encapsulating the horror and absurdity of modern life. I know I’ve been heavily marketed to for this one, but Sigrid’s new song ‘Strangers’ is a pop masterpiece! And finally, Travis Bretzer for his flawless songwriting and production, but mainly his charm.”
Any other new artists you have played with and would recommend?
“Our buds Honey Moon are always a blast to watch – they have great songs and play them well, but also know how to captivate an audience. Baywaves meld pop and psych in the most fantastic way, as well as being super tight.”
And finally, what does the future hold for Sulky Boy?
“It’s taken us three years to get out of the bedroom and into the studio to record, so hopefully we won’t have to wait that long until we go back for more. Our B-side ‘Amorous Battle’ comes out very soon – it’s another song we’re really proud of – so hopefully in the future we can keep making music that we’d be excited to hear.”