CD Release Show

The Never Setting Suns "Time and Eternity"

Shawn Braley
If one were to make a cocktail with one part Fugazi, one part Explosions in the Sky and one part Neil Young, it may taste a bit like The Never Setting Suns, and an intoxicating mixture it would be. The Never Setting Suns are a three-piece rock outfit from Cincinnati. Their live show is impassioned, hair raising and a little messy in the best rock n’ roll way possible. Seeing The Suns live last year, for the first time, at Clifton Heights, was a revelation to me. There are many fantastic bands in this city, but so few of them have such power on stage. This is heart-on-sleeve music, but it flies in the face of modern day emo, attaching itself to the bands that started the 90’s wave of “emo” (now coined as Indie) like Sunny Day Real Estate and Modest Mouse.

The opening track (“To Be Found Out”) of The Never Setting Suns’ latest album “Time and Eternity” is represents everything that this band is. Corey Larrison’s voice cries out under powerful chord progressions as he sings, “Am I too lost, to be found out?” This is a poignant question that the band asks in myriad ways throughout “Time and Eternity”. Even the album’s title evokes this dichotomy of lost and found. Time is set, organized and easily measured, while eternity is never-ending, and in a sense, never found.

Each track varies from fun (“Meet Me There”) to sorrowful (The acoustic “I Am Your Son”) to self-indulgently wonderful (“Into Your Hands”). “Time and Eternity” really captures the essence of a Never Setting Suns show. One can sense the sweat dripping from Tyler Griffin’s forehead while he furiously and steadily pounds the snare drum, and feel the pounding in your chest from the bass line of Chris Courts.

It can be hard to describe a band like The Never Setting Suns, because they’re a band that can only really be experienced. This Saturday, March 24th, as they release their new album, you need to experience them. Their music is alive, it has meaning and purpose and all of that is felt when witnessing The Never Setting Suns. Thinking through the band’s name and the album’s name, the idea of eternity comes up again. The Never Setting Suns seems to hint at an idea, a life giving fire that never dies or sets. Their music evokes that type of hope, a hope that we all have: to live forever. While you may not live forever, each time I have seen these guys play, I become lost only to be found in the songs themselves. I no longer remain an audience member, but become an active participant in the emotional and ethereal quality that each song offers.

Check out The Never Setting Suns at theneversettingsuns.com and go see them on March 24th at The 20th Century Theatre in Oakley (just north of Cincinnati) at 8 PM for only $7.