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Sunset Honor Unit

Sunset Honor Unit is a sentimental pop cooperative based out of Atlanta and comprised of dueling songwriters Drew Kirby (Mothers, CDSM) and Jake Chisenhall (Delorean Gray). Taking a “singles” approach to self-production, Sunset Honor Unit songs are snappy, refined and vibrant — primed with a premium of hooks for maximum impact. “Desire Paths”, the debut album out 9/29, is comprised of 11 such bops, leaning ever further towards the boys roots in folk & country. Just like the album cover, they have taken to wearing cowboy hats on stage; first as a joke, later as armor, helping to illustrate their twin-headed approach to classic forms of pop songwriting. 
They say to “write what you know”, and on Desire Paths, Kirby & Chisenhall display adept capabilities in surf rock (opening track “Don’t Wanna Fall In Love Alone”), Everly Brothers balladry (“I Saw It In Her Eyes”), Prince-imbued passion (lead single “Wannabe”), gothic bossa nova (“Birds of Paradise”), cosmic country (“In My Daydreams”), fuzz rock (“Capsules”) and finally, full-fledged Onyeabor synth-pop on closer “The Great Divide”. Sunset Honor Unit draws from the widest swath possible, with particular depth in regional Southern music. The songs are all tied together by Chisenhall’s sweet, sultry  croon and Kirby’s more guttural, punchy delivery. There is plenty of Brian Wilson-style falsetto too, the boys being true disciples of southern-California escapism, and loads of dual harmonies playfully chasing each other around the tracks.
The album is out on Marching Banana, a collective record label that Kirby and Chisenhall have run since its inception in 2011, with local classics from Meth Wax, Sea Ghost, and Floral Portrait in its near 90+ catalog of releases. Sunset Honor Unit has opened regional shows for Of Montreal, T. Hardy Morris and Nico Play, and aim to take their act up the east coast in early 2024 in support of Desire Paths.
July 24 / Knitting Factory New York
Show: 8:30 pm