Sunshine & the Rain is a duo consisting of husband and wife Ashley Morey (vocals, bass) and Justin Morey (guitar), both formerly of critically acclaimed psych rockers The Black Hollies. Formed around the same time as the 2014 dissolution of their former band, Sunshine & the Rain kicked things off with the Jesus & Mary Chain vibes of their debut ‘Can’t Stop Thinking About You b/w Pale Blue Skies’ in late 2015.
Early 2016 saw them heading into Sonic Youth’s Echo Canyon West studio with the legendary Jon Spencer to begin work on their debut LP. Eschewing some of the more lengthy psych leanings of their earliest days, Spencer coaxed the band towards a more immediate sound, cutting down track lengths and leaving nothing but pointed pop gems with sugary hooks and a dirty Blondie meets Ramones grit cutting throughout.
Alongside direction from Spencer, and engineering from Grammy Award-winning Engineer Ted Young, Sunshine & The Rain spent the majority of 2016 fine tuning the songs that ended up on ‘In The Darkness Of My Night’. From the instant gratification of singles like ‘Let’s Go’ and ‘I’m Not Your Girl’ to aggressive earworms ‘Take Me Out Again’ and an unexpected cover of Fugazi’s ‘Merchandise’, this debut record is a statement that never strays from its point.
It’s a cracking album that was previously featured on Aural Delights 229 and will be heard again on podcast 232 on May 10th. Check it out.