In the past two years since THE SUN ORCHESTRA released their debut self-titled EP, the band toured the country with The Basement Birds and Old Man River, supported the likes of Peter Frampton, America and Chicago in Kings Park, their drummer moved to Melbourne, the bass player joined fellow Perth band The Growl and Lee Jones (frontman, songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire) played for and met His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It’s enough to put any troubling issue into perspective.
It was time to take a step back, re-group, write more than a few songs and start afresh. After a six month hiatus from performing live in favour of setting up camp in a recording studio in 2012, Lee Jones and his band The Sun Orchestra (comprised of a revolving roster of good friends including Malcolm Clark, Chris Baker, Nicholas Jonsson, Ben Witt and Hamish Rahn) are now ready to unveil their new songs at a handful of upcoming gigs.
Influenced by the likes of Gram Parsons, Canned Heat, Tom Petty and Neil Young, The Sun Orchestra’s songs are tinged with dirty blues, wistful country and whimsical indie pop music references. You can catch the new-look line up in varying full band and duo modes at the following gigs. You can also keep up to date with any Sun Orchestra news by visiting www.facebook.com/TheSunOrchestra.
12 January 2012 – Ya Ya’s, Northbridge, with Rachel & Henry Climb a Hill
25 January 2012 – Fat Shan Records, Perth
1 February 2012 – PICA, Northbridge with Timothy Nelson & The Infidels