Since making their debut in 2014 with The World is Yours, In Search of Sun have been on a steady march towards the gates of main stream success. They hit the road with mega-acts like Bullet for My Valentine, 12 Foot Ninja, and Nothing More, appeared at the coveted Download Festival in 2016, and even made VH1’s “Top 15 Bands You Should be Listening To” (2015). Now, in conjunction with Europe’s premier metal label Spine Farm Records, In Search of Sun releases their finest work to date with their second album Virgin Funk Mother.
As a performer and a connoisseur of different types of music, I like to think I’m up to speed with most bands on the upswing, almost to the point that I pride myself on it. However, to my dismay, every now and then there is one massive gem that slips right through my fingers. This time it’s a five-piece from foggy London called In Search of Sun.
I’m going to be blunt here, this album hit me like a right hand from Mike Tyson. This is a band with plenty of angst and aggression, but with hints of progressive rock that will make you feel smarter for listening to them. What I immediately noticed on Virgin Funk Mother is everything about their music feels familiar, but goes to places you wouldn’t expect; all the while ensuring a foot in your ass.
Vocalist Adam Leader makes a massive statement on the opening track “Say It Like You See It.” Think of his voice as a cross between Chris Daughtry and Brandon Boyd. He has all the ingredients to be one of the greats; range for days, great lyrics, welcoming tone, and a cool name. I can’t stress enough how impressive his performance is throughout this record. Guitarists Rory Kay and David Mena Ferrer use a complicated balance of delayed tapping effects and nuanced chord progressions, layered in between a rhythm section that comes straight at you, then rips your throat out like a grizzly bear.
In this era, no one really tries to stand out anymore, instead we use digital amp models to replicate each other’s guitar tone’s. We dissect each other’s music, then, make our own diluted versions. The whole process can be broken down into a mathematical formula but what makes Virgin Funk Mother so worthy of your attention, is that this album feels entirely their own. It’s difficult to create something new in a space where it feels like everything’s already been done before but In Search of Sun really hits it on the head.
This is one of those rare albums where I can enjoy every track, but I can safely say I find myself revisiting “Petrichor” and “In the Garden” the most. With Virgin Funk Mother now on their resume and massive label behind them, it’s almost safe to say that a place under the international spotlight is inevitable. All in Search of Sun needs now is time. Virgin Funk Mother hits the shelves Oct 20th.
- Say It Like You See It
- Bad Girl
- In The Garden
- Little Wolf
- Mega Piranha
- Mon Amour