Song Review: Sunset East Asks "What'd You Think?"
Substance abuse is sung about often. We hear songs on the radio about alcohol, weed, and cocaine. We hear about how awesome they are, or how they’re used to cope with a broken heart, and we sing along. What we don’t usually hear about these substances is how they can affect our lives, and the lives of family and friends. Alternative Pop/Rock band Sunset East sing about the fracturing of a relationship with someone who prioritizes substances over people in their song “What’d You Think.” In 2017, 15 million adults 18 and older in the United States were reported to abuse alcohol.* A song like this could go a long way to help people deal with, and heal from, their experiences with friends and loved ones.
“What’d You Think” was performed, recorded, and shot live on Delmarva Life TV in Maryland earlier this year. I found their performance to be full of passion, emotion, and life. It was refreshing to see each bandmate putting their heart and soul into the show, making it a memorable and noteworthy experience to have (even when viewed from a computer screen!).
The strumming of an acoustic guitar, accented by a note from the electric guitar, starts it all off, heading right for the first verse of this emotionally packed song. Vocalist and bass player Harrison Doyle has a powerful voice that is reminiscent of Adam Gontier (Three Days Grace). Rhythm guitar and background vocals are beautifully done by Ellen Hogan. Her melodies twist and mingle with the lead, providing definition to the story. Kyle Roberts holds down the groove on drums, adding tasteful accents amidst solid technicality. Take a listen below!
Connect with Sunset East on Facebook and Instagram. You can also find them performing at the Nashville Offbeat Showcase on May 31st at The 5 Spot! The show will be benefiting an incredible local non-profit called Guitars 4 Gifts. RSVP on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2367401243286666/