Sonny and the sunsets

Sonny and The Sunsets are gearing up to release their sixth studio album, Moods Baby Moods. Produced by none other than the talented and colorful musician Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, the new full length record is due May 27 through Polyvinyl.

Giving us a taste of the new LP, Sonny and The Sunsets have shared a new single titled “White Cops On Trial.” It may sound experimental and bubbly, something suitable for a live performance on Yo Gabba Gabba; however, the politically charged lyrics show there’s a powerful social awareness behind the candy coated sounds.

A Night of Rock at The Echo with HINDS, Sonny and the Sunsets and Colleen Green

“We’ve all been watching acquittal after acquittal of police officers for the killings of black and brown people,” shared Sonny Smith in a recent press release. “Here in SF the Frisco 5 are on hunger strike outside SFPD (Mission station), calling for resignation of the SF police Chief Suhr over the police assasinations of Alex Nieto, Mario Woods, Amilcar Perez-Lopez and Louis Gongora. There’s been a lot of positive resistance to the powers that be in this city, and our old racist system, so this song just came out of taking interest in what’s happening now.”

Sonny & The Sunsets will celebrate their record release with a U.S. tour. Their Los Angeles tour stop will take place at The Echo on June 23. Grab your tickets here.

Stream Sonny & The Sunsets’ new song “White Cops On Trial.”

06/04 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
06/15 – Vancouver, BC – Psych Night @ Baltimore Cabaret
06/16 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
06/17 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
06/18 – Eugene, OR – Hi Fi Music Hall
06/19 – Guerneville, CA – Deathstock
06/23 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
06/24 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
06/25 – Visalia, CA – Cellar Door
07/07 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
07/08 – Cincinnati, OH – MOTR
07/09 – Cleveland, OH – Happy Dog
07/12 – Somerville, MA – ONCE Ballroom
07/13 – New Haven, CT – BAR
07/14 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
07/15 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
07/16 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern
07/17 – Carolina Beach, NC – Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar
07/19 – Knoxville, TN – Pilot Light
07/20 – Louisville, KY – Zanzibar
07/21 – Indianapolis, IN – The Hi Fi
07/22 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Tip Top
07/23 – Ferndale, MI – The Magic Bag
07/24 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups