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When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 16 May 2023
Where: YES Pink Room, 38 Charles Street, Manchester, M1 7DB

We’re delighted to be working with Sun June for the first time!

The five members of Sun June spent their early years spread out across the United States, from the boonies of the Hudson Valley to the sprawling outskirts of LA. The pair of songwriters, Laura Colwell and Stephen Salisbury, met in Austin, TX while working on Terrence Malick’s Song to Song. They were immediately taken by the city’s bustling small clubs and honky-tonk scene, and the fact that there was always an instrument within reach, always someone to play alongside.

Colwell and Salisbury formed Sun June alongside Michael Bain on lead guitar, Sarah Schultz on drums, and Justin Harris on bass and quickly recorded their debut album Years. The live-to-tape LP was released via the city’s esteemed Keeled Scales label in 2018. The band coined the term ‘regret pop’ to describe the music they made. Though somewhat tongue in cheek, it made perfect sense – the gentle sway of their country leaning pop songs seeped in melancholy, as if each subtle turn of phrase was always grasping for something just out of reach.

The band went on to release their sophomore album Somewhere via the Boston indie label Run For Cover in 2021 and an expanded version in 2022. Somewhere showcases a gentle but pronounced maturation of Sun June’s sound, a second record full of quiet revelation, eleven songs that bristle with love and longing. It finds a band at the height of their collective potency, a marked stride forward from the band that created that debut record, but also one that once again is able to transport the listener into a fascinating new landscape, one that lies somewhere between the town and the city, between the head and the heart; neither here nor there, but certainly somewhere.

The band are currently working on their third record.

Local support comes from Run Remedy. Self-proclaimed Jersey trash and ‘string-slut’ of Manchester, meet the alt-indie folk artist Run Remedy: expressive, rhythmic, melancholic, and often playful tunes by Robin Koob, perfect for fans of fellow soul-bearing artists a la Angel Olsen, Fiona Apple, Julia Jacklin and Elliott Smith, Robin is the inconveniently queer daughter of two recovering church leaders in evangelical America, her songs showing equal parts candour and irreverence over it. An apostate of the classical world, she’s spent years hustling across East Asia, Germany and the UK with her violin and pedal board, playing everything from post-rock to psych pop and Americana with artists like Francis Lung, Hannah Ashcroft, Craig Gould, Blanket. Dawn Walker and PIJN, building her creative voice along the way. Now firmly settled on this side of the Atlantic, she’s out to make you laugh or cry, but probably both.

This show is a co-promotion with Form.

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