SUNNYSIDE: Welcome to San Diego: CD/LP

May 21, 2014

Listening to Sunnyside’s debut full length gave me cause to consider a whole multitude of bands that I was reminded of across the fourteen tracks. The most obvious is the Social Distortion-like swagger that Sunnyside has, which, in places, is blended in with an early Stiff Little Fingers quality as well as having a punch-drunk looseness I associate with Dillinger Four. Vocally, it’s a mixed bag, too. At times I think I’m hearing Mike Ness, others Blake Schwarzenbach (Jawbreaker) and, incongruously, even Butch Klotz of 30 Foot Fall. Despite the name checking above, this record easily manages to stand alone as its own beast with a number of songs having the ability to sound like old favorites after just a handful of plays. This is very good stuff indeed. 

 –Rich Cocksedge (A.D.D. / Eager Beaver / Little Deputy)