Sunshine State’s “The Mess,” out now on their record of the same name, is the perfect anthem for this quarantined week. Check it out here!
“Finally … after three or so years, a self-imploding record label, getting jerked around by a separate garbage fire of a label (for two-plus years), and lots of beers/late nights later … we’re excited to be self-releasing our second album, The Mess. Recorded by Ryan Williams at Black Bear Studios (Hot Water Music, Ship Thieves, Post Teens), with artwork by Sean Mahan.”
Sunshine State have all the ex-members pedigree (Against Me!, Whiskey & Co, The Scaries), years of grinding it out on the road, and above anything else, they have the songs that only veteran punks could write.
These are veteran pros who are doing this because that’s what they do. They aren’t looking to score a VW commercial or be on the cover of anything or subsidize a tour so they can be escapist functional alcoholics. They have families and own businesses now. That doesn’t mean the music in them has stopped; far from it.
There is still punk flowing through their veins and things they need to get out of their heads. They are from a decade that prefer to spend their little free time in the last seven years being in a band, taking years to make an album where every song is worth remembering instead of only one or two that would be the only MP3s you would keep.