Slow Down Molasses – ‘100% Sunshine’


An album that calls to mind the very best of the 80s and 90s (we’re thinking New World Order and The Cure), ‘100% Sunshine’ is 100% guitars and rock rhythms.

Opening track ‘Faeris on High’ is an instrumental piece which paves the way for the strong guitar and drums of ‘New Release’. So much of this harks back to an earlier time, with the Canadian band, who are about to set off on their European tour at the end of this month, perfectly reproducing the sound of the back catalogue of the likes of Big Country, Psychedelic Furs, or the aforementioned New Order and The Cure – while at the same time instilling a modern feel.

‘100% Sunshine’, is texture heavy and laden with drone and feedback – the wide open spaces of the prairies of their native Saskatoon can be heard in the likes of ‘Intentions’, ‘Moon Queen’, and ‘No Riots’.

Slow Down Molasses (aka SDM) is a sextet, comprising singer/guitarist, and head of the band, Tyson McShane, Jordan Kurtz on drums, bassist Chris Morin, guitarist/keyboards Aaron Scholz, Levi Soulodre on guitar, and Jeanette Stewart on vox/keyboards.

There are more than a few homages to The Cure in ‘100% Sunshine’, most notably on ‘New Release’, while the cleverly titled ‘Levitation Sickness’ hearkens back to 90s indie rock giants such as Dinosaur Jr.

Our favourite track on the album is ‘Ghosts & Vodka’ but overall the entire album does a whole lot of good in the heart of this 80s girl.

We mentioned earlier that SDM are about to set off on their European tour. You can catch them at the following:

Sebright Arms, London – 31 August

The Cellar, Oxford – 1 September

End of the Road Festival, Salisbury – 1-4 September

The Moon Club, Cardiff – 5 September

Club Kukuun, Hamburg, Germany – 5 September

Culture Container, Berlin, Germany – 7 September

Incubate Festival, Tilburg, Netherlands – 8-11 September

‘100% Sunshine’ is out on 2 September and is available to preorder now on Bandcamp. SDM can be found online on their official website, Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, YouTube, and Twitter. See their website for tickets and further information regarding their tour.


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Lisa has been writing for over 20 years, starting as the entertainment editor on her university newspaper. Since then she's written for Popwrapped, Maximum Pop, Celebmix, and ListenOnRepeat.

Lisa loves all good music, with particular fondness for Jedward and David Bowie. She's interviewed Edward Grimes (Jedward), Kevin Godley, Trevor Horn, Paul Young, Peter Cox (Go West), Brendan B Brown (Wheatus), Bruce Foxton (The Jam), among many many more. Lisa is also available for freelance writing - please email

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