Eternal sunshine from Glasgow group

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GLASGOW lads Sunshine Social are being mentioned in the same breath as Frightened Rabbit and Mumford and Sons thanks to their dynamic live performances.

The seven members are multi-instrumentalists with a wide range of influences, coming together to create an innovative brand of folk-pop, which despite all comparisons, is unique to them.

The band, who won the prestigious Billy Kelly songwriting award, have built a solid fanbase, while their 2012 EP The Trek Home won critical acclaim.

Singer/guitarist Calum told Scene: “We are really excited to headline at Tuts, it’s a legendary venue.

“We just finished a small Scottish tour so can’t wait to play to the home crowd in Glasgow.

“Right now we’re working on getting our debut album finished up and out there, looking forward to putting out some singles and getting to properly share what we’ve been working on for so long with everybody.”

On Saturday, the band played at the T Break stage at T in the Park.

Calum continued: “In the future we’re looking to tour further afield and play some more festivals.

“We just bought a beast of a tour van and have named her Essy.

“She’s an ex-Royal Mail postal van and rattles in a worrying way when she’s out on the motorway, but we’re getting used to her.

“We love touring, we combine autobiographical and introspective lyricism with accessible, foot-stomping tunes, resulting in a release of noise, dancing, joke-telling and balloons.”

Each show has a unique atmosphere — the band chuck large LED balloons into the crowd, then kill the lights and let them take over.

And bassist Spencer McMillan is excited about the new addition to the band, childhood friend Daniel Miller . He said: “I have been jamming with him since I was wee and he’s an absolute shredder, he’s definitely going to add a new element to the group — we now have an axeman.

“We are very excited about Tuts. We had a gallus response last time we played there and the sound is always really tight.

“It’s a great time for us, especially with our debut album dropping early next year.”

Greig Dickson on keys, Nav Noorbakhsh on guitar, Adam Graudus on mandolin and Julian Lambin on drums complete the seven-piece.

As a band they are based in the southside, rehearsing and writing material in filmcity, Govan town hall

Sunshine Social play King Tut’s tomorrow (Friday) night, with support from Cherri Fosphate, Johnny Jack and Tijuana Bibles.

Tickets, £6 (£10 for a named credit on the album) are available from sunshinesocial.bigcartel.com.