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London, United Kingdom (1995 – present)

Silver Sun are an English indie power pop band, who formed in 1995 in Camden, London, UK. They were initially called Sun…! and released their first EP under that name. They were forced to alter the name soon afterwards. The single “Lava” was their first under the new name. They are best know for their use of The Beach Boys-esque backing vocals. Groups like Super Furry Animals also wrote music in a similar style at the time.

Their critically acclaimed eponymous debut album was released in 1997, and was characterised by strong vocal harmonies and energetic choruses. It was also the first album to be produced by (now) uber-producer Nigel Godrich, who went on to produce Radiohead and Paul McCartney among others. The song “Golden Skin” was featured on the soundtrack to the 1990s British comedy film, Shooting Fish.

The band’s second album Neo Wave was released the following year. This album had a slightly more polished sound, which some found a little lacking compared to the fuzz-toned wall of sound that the band had cultivated with their debut release. It contains their biggest hit “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late”, a cover of the Johnny Mathis ballad which the band originally recorded as a joke and have since disowned. The EP release also contained a version of Rush’s 10 minute prog-epic “Xanadu” which the band condensed into a 3-minute pop song, as well as a cover of My Bloody Valentine’s ‘You Made Me Realise’.

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