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The Sunset Sound

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The Sunset Sound are now known as Pure Reason Revolution.

They began life as a Reading outfit named The Sunset Sound, which featured the Courtney brothers, Chloe Alper, Tom Leathes and Bob Cooper. Jon and Andrew Courtney had previously played with pop guitar band Gel, and were signed by Seymour Stein to his Sire record label, home of Madonna, The Undertones, The Ramones and Ice-T. Chloe used to front the Period Pains, who scored a minor hit with an anti-Spice Girls song.

The band was completed by Tom Leathes (vocals, lead guitar) and Bob Cooper (bass guitar). Debut single Moving picked up radio airplay on Radio 1 (where the band was championed by alternative-music guru Steve Lamacq), XFM and LA’s KROQ. The Reading Chronicle’s Weekender section described the band’s sound as “sugary sweet swaggering guitars” and “breezy, sophisticated harmonised guitar pop” and compared the band to the Beach Boys playing Nirvana songs.

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