The Naked Sun’s debut LP, War with Shadows, is coming January 2018. Pre-orders will be available on iTunes soon. In the meantime, you can stream and download “Holdin’ Back the Heart” below—for free!
The Naked Sun may or may not have coined the phrase, but “honest rock” has unquestionably been their ethos since their start back in 2011—and few bands embody its spirit like they do. With songs that echo the rawness and sincerity of the cities around which its members grew up—Detroit, Baltimore, Philadelphia—the band blends the basics of roots rock and folk with layers of bolstering piano and organ, intricate pedal steel leads, and melodic choruses backed by satisfying vocal harmonies. Rooted in the songwriting of frontman Andrew Wesley Harris, The Naked Sun strive equally toward Petty’s pop genius, Springsteen’s storytelling, Dylan’s social consciousness, and the energy of My Morning Jacket.
History & Lineup
The Naked Sun’s self-released debut LP, War with Shadows, will be available January 27, 2018. It was produced by Brian McTear at Miner Street Recordings (The War on Drugs, matt pond PA, Sharon van Etten).
After three years fronting streetgrass outfit Cityslides in Baltimore, Harris moved back to the Philadelphia area in 2012 and joined up with Philly indie scene veterans Tim Campbell (guitar) and Dave Gladney (drums). The group played as a trio, then tried out several bass players before they landed Ken Letherer in 2014. They later rounded out their current lineup with keyboardist Alan Sheltzer (2015) and background vocalist Nerissa Wolfson (2016).
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