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Monday, April 25, 2016

I Can't Stop Listening To Sonny and The Sunset's New Song "Moods"

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 9:02 AM

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It's too bad there's no record of what you've just listened to on SoundCloud (or if there is, I obviously don't know about it), because I'm curious to see just how many times I've listened to the new Sonny and The Sunsets track "Moods." It's. That. Good. 

That is, if you like upbeat pop-rock bangers that feature plenty of chord instruments, some horns, a little bit of funk, and lots interstellar space sounds. Personally, what got me was the drumstick tapping that sounded like galloping wooden horses. (It starts about three and half minutes in.) 
The other thing that got me was my inability to hear the lyrics correctly. Despite the fact that the song is called "Moods," I mistakenly heard (or at least wanted to hear) the chorus as: "Moose, baby, moose." I even had a debate with myself as to whether the song was about moose plural or a moose baby. These are the things you think about when you listen to songs on weed. (For the record, I'm stoned for a reason: I'm doing research on a vape pen for an upcoming SF Evergreen article.)

But enough about my opinions and TOTALLY WRONG lyrical guesses. Let's talk about the song. 

The song is called "Moods" because of how often people's moods change in a day, says Sonny Smith, lead singer and overall head honcho of the band. (If you're a hip-hop fan, it's basically the same thing as "feels.")

"I don't know if I'm happy or sad or what the hell I feel half the time," he said. "We see images of police murders, or war, or refugees, or the planet burning up, or whatever is horrible on our phones and computers, and then we see a picture of a kitten doing something cute and it's just back and forth all day."

And to think, I thought this song was about a moose. 

"Moods" comes out on Sonny and The Sunsets' upcoming album, out May 27. 


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