Bands come and go. They begin and end for many reasons, sometimes all too soon. For The Suncharms, that end felt too sudden. So, when a call came from a US record label back in 2016 looking to pull together a compilation album, they saw a second chance and grabbed it.
Formed in Sheffield in 1990, shoegaze/indie rockers The Suncharms went on to support indie-pop legends such as The Brilliant Corners, St. Christopher, The Orchids and The Television Personalities.
They also played with emerging shoegaze bands such as Cranes, Catherine Wheel and Curve which ended up attracting the attention of Wilde Club Records.
By June 1991, The Suncharms had released their first EP, Sparkle. In late 1991, their second EP, Tranquil Day, was released, which led to a Peel session in April 1992.
Then, later in 1992, Slumberland Records approached the band about the possibility of releasing a record, but sadly it never materialised. And so, in April 1993, The Suncharms played the last gig of their initial phase.
In 2016, American label Cloudberry Records reached out to the band and asked if they would be interested in putting out a retrospective CD compilation album. This prompted the band members to meet up for the first time in years to compile the album’s booklet. This album became (the incredible) The Suncharms, which is available on Spotify and on CD from Cloudberry Records.
Since then, the band have begun to rehearse and write together once again and have released the singles “Monster Club” and “Red Dust“.
And now, all these years later, The Suncharms are back releaseing muci. As well as their latest compilation EP, a split tape: The Suncharms/Mirrorlakes, they’re gearing up for the release of their debut record, with 10 songs ready to be put down. They even plan on touring again in 2021. Let’s hope that this time The Suncharms stick around.
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