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Places to hear Days To Come

The definitive (as of today) list of places to get or listen to our new album follows below. We recommend that you do so!

Digital download and physical CD from Bandcamp:

Album, album release, garlic fries*

It’s a bit weird putting a press release on your own website. Nonetheless, here we go:


Sunley Band are delighted to announce the release of their new album Days To Come.

For six years Sunley Band have been performing their unique brand of country-tinged pop in Dunedin and around New Zealand, delighting audiences with a blend of wit, pathos, rock’n’roll, psychedelia and concrete-flavoured folk-country music that is entirely their own.

Following on from 2009’s Apologies and a spattering of interim releases, Days To Come continues this proud tradition, eleven glittering slices of curmudgeon pop that range from edgy rockers and smooth ballads to good old fashioned toe-tapping grooves. With an abundance of melodic flourishes, backing vocals to die for, it’s more sardonic than a tin full of tiny fish and it’s a record not to be missed.

The band and friends will celebrate this release on Sunday the 31st of May at 4pm at Inch Bar, Dunedin. Come bask in the warmth some lovely tunes from The Best Least Fashionable Band In Dunedin, supported by very special guests Iron Mammoth.

Can’t wait? We don’t blame you. Have a little taster with the track Young People, which you can download for free over at Bandcamp:

Days To Come will be generally available on the 1st of June through all the major digital platforms and on a nicely packaged compact disc through or by harassing the band at a gig or in a public place.

*no garlic fries, sorry

New player, album soon

Long time between updates for us, and we’re sorry. The hangover of of our good friend and bassmaster Andy leaving us for a rural teaching position was long and bitter, and we wandered bleak emotional wastelands as we came to terms with our new world.

Soon enough though, two things became apparent. Firstly we needed a new bass player. Secondly, we needed to release this album we’ve been sitting on.

Finding new members for bands is never an easy process, so we’ll use that as the excuse for us taking so long about it. The deed, however, is done, and we’re happy to introduce our new low-end provider, Ayumu Kobayashi. You may remember Ayumu from his groups Owls and The Maine Coons, and we’re excited that he’s joining us!

And yes, that album. It’s ready and waiting, we’re just clearing up a few details and we hope to have to have an announcement about a release show in days to come.

Until then, welcome Ayumu!

Furry Summer Tour

Firstly, we apologies for only posting on Facebook and Twitter in the last year, apparently.

Secondly, we’re happy to announce our summer tour! We’re heading back across Te Waipounamu to places we’ve never played and bringing the joy of a psychedelic-alt-country silly season.

  • Friday 27th December – Saints, Hanmer Springs
  • Saturday 28th December – Neptunes, Greymouth
  • Sunday 29th December – Barrytown Hall, Barrytown
  • Tuesday 31 December (New Year’s Eve) – Karamea Village Hotel, Karamea

As well as Sunley Band, each show will also feature Grawlixes, the hot new Penelope & Robin outfit that has taken Dunedin by storm.

We’ll update with more details as they become available.

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“West is Best” tour

We’re off on tour! Here’s a press release:


19 December 2012

Sunley Band announces January tour

Sunley Band hits the road this summer with visions of glaciers and sausages in its collective set of mind’s eyes. After a three-year touring hiatus, Dunedin’s least fashionable band are strapping on the jandals and getting in on the summer tour action. With four dates on the South Island’s untameable west coast followed by a triumphant homecoming and a few more to be announced down south, it promises to be a magical romp.

Wednesday 16th Jan: Fitzpatrick’s Irish Pub, Wanaka
Thursday 17th Jan: Cook Saddle Cafe & Saloon, Fox Glacier
Friday 18th Jan: Blue Ice Cafe & Bar, Franz Josef
Saturday 19th Jan: Formerly the Blackball Hilton, Blackball
Friday 25th Jan: The Robbie Burns Pub, Dunedin

But wait – there’s a cherry on this hootenanny-cake: All shows are free to the public. Follow Sunley Band on Facebook or Twitter for updates and insights as well as to check out some home-cooked alt-country-cum-psychedelic soul music.

What people say about the Sunley Band experience:

“The Sunley Band show has a little bit of everything, all sweetness and light with a lilting alt-folk ballad one minute and rollicking, dirty, sexy rock and roll the next. On upbeat numbers the various instruments employed complement each other splendidly, classic rock guitar solos dissolving into deft keyboard licks backed up by a tight and driving rhythm section with everything topped off by sharp lyrics from the front man accented with superb female backing vocals. Their Prince covers have to be seen to be believed.”

“Sunley combines substance and style in unusually shaped pieces that fit together as a seamless whole. Whether you’re in the mood for classic rock, retro-soul, or dirty R’n’B, you can luxuriate in their wildly organic talent.”

“They make accordions look cool again, a breakthrough from the Urkel association that has plagued the instrument since the ’90s”



West is Best
This poster was designed and built by Kitty Higbee

Last Christmas


We’re pleased to announce the release of our Christmas single this morning, a cover of the Wham! “classic”, “Last Christmas”. You can have a listen over at Soundcloud, download it, take it home, stand on it, pin it to the garage wall and throw darts at it.

This was recorded on a hangover Sunday following a private party at Southlight Studio, and we’re very grateful to all the Higbees for allowing us to soil their photographic studio with our vision of George Michael’s “opus” and our dirty musician sweat. We’re additionally thankful to Kitty Higbee for the art on this sucka.

So, without further ado, here it is!

And we’re back… again

We’ve moved to ye olde WordPress system, and all going well there will be more content coming up for you. We may have deleted all the comments on old posts though, sorry. Also some stuff may be bung. But that’s all good, if you need something, you’ll just ask, right?

Since we last talked here, we’ve released this EP:

It’s pretty nice, eh. Also, some live stuff was posted:

Big thanks to Iain Sweetman for that last one. Bonza.

New preview!

Time for another preview from the upcoming album. It features almost T-Pain-esque abuse of auto-tune, a solo made with Bebot and Aidan singing falsetto. And Penelope rapping.


“Something is deeply broken in New Zealand. I don’t know, maybe you should just get off my lawn, but I reckon there’s blame to be apportioned and a lot of it goes to these guys. This number was partially inspired by this whole story over here, and partially by a general ill feeling towards the general ill feeling we’re surrounded with. It’s pretty explicit, you can work it out.”


“I’m not sure how well my bit fits with the rest of the track, but I felt like moan-rock needed to be parodied at least once on the album, so there it is.”

You can get it over here at our Soundcloud page. Not the Sunley Band will be out sometime very soon!

New Album Preview

We’re very happy to bring you this preview from our upcoming album Not the Sunley Band. Please note that this is not your average Sunley Band music, hence the album title. Some people may find some content offensive, others may find it confusing or frightening.

This particular track shouldn’t offend or frighten anybody. It may confuse some. This is our stab at creating a public service announcement rap about cervical screening. You can check out the unmastered preview on our Soundcloud page, and read our comments on it below.


This song is inspired by the cervical screening campaign television adverts. A woman in one of the ads proclaims: “It’s not like you can just say ‘have you had your … inspected lately'” and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to create a PSA rap in the mould of the Do The Right Thing campaign of the late eighties. As I set out writing I took advice from my feminist-blog-writing partner. She rightly pointed out that a cold speculum was not “a real big thrillah” by any means, but that it was OK to leave the line in because it rhymed. At this point in the process I honestly though that we could offer the song to the National Cervical Screening Programme for use in a future campaign. Maybe I was kidding myself. Certainly, when I heard Dangerfield’s verse I gave up that hope – I don’t think they would be cool asking women to “come in and let us poke around inside your lady parts,” or with us suggesting that the medical professional performing the screening would also provide a foot massage. Oh well. It’s a shame, because the Programme does good work, and they deserve a hip tune or two.


“I finally fulfilled my lifelong dream of incorporating ‘lady parts’ into a rap”