Sunshine & Bullets is a 3 piece American rock band based out of Florida with both male and female lead vocals. They self released their debut studio album Fight for Andromeda in 2011, two EPs followed, Ignition in 2012 and Combustion in 2013. Their single "Feel Good" (Ignition EP) won Song of the Year on the Rock Solid Pressure show for 2012, they were also voted best "hot" up and coming band in SPOT Magazine in 2012, and in 2013 Bubba from the Bubba the Love Sponge® Show, a nationally syndicated show on FM radio, reviewed 2 of their songs ("...go" and "Heartbeat") and said live on the air: “I find your band one of the most brilliant bands I’ve heard in 28 years of radio.” They signed with Melodic Revolution Records in 2013.
The Early Years (2010)
The band got their start when Amanda Hamers (bass and vocals) persuaded Kyle Wolfram (drums) to have Rich Keane (guitar and vocals) audition for a new unnamed project they were working on. Hamers had worked with Wolfram in a band without a guitarist, and she had also worked in a band with Keane that had trouble finding a drummer.
After writing half an album's worth of music, they felt the pressure to come up with a name. 4000 potential names later, they settled on Breakfield, only to discover that it was already taken. One night, Keane randomly called out "Bullets and Sunshine" to Hamers and she approved. Wolfram suggested they switch it to "Sunshine & Bullets" and they all agreed.
Fight for Andromeda (2011)
The early music by Sunshine & Bullets was pop-rock influenced with a "groovy, feel-good" type of sound. Their first release, Fight for Andromeda, was named after the Andromeda galaxy and represented the internal and external struggles that they faced as a new band. Each song alternated between their dual vocalists to further create the feeling of one singer against the other in this concept album.
Ignition and Combustion (2012-2013)
The 2 EPs that followed were experiments in sounds, structure, and other elements of music. They were challenged by one haunting question, "What are you doing differently than every other active rock band?" In an effort to answer this question and to remain true to themselves and their fans, they felt it was necessary scrap everything and start over. They stripped all their preconceived notions of what music should be, and came out with a fresh sense of what they felt was most true. The 2 EPs Ignition and Combustion were based on this new sense of experimentation.
Triangulum Mechanism (2014)
Like their previous full length album, Fight for Andromeda, it is also named after a spiral galaxy and is a concept album. Triangulum Mechanism contrasts their first album by incorporating both vocalists nearly equally in every song and required complex sequencing of guitar effects. This chaotic method grew to form unique sounds to create an organic machinery that ebbs and flows in the music.
The band continues to evolve, never settling on one writing technique or sound or genre-blending flavor. They are already spinning ideas for their next concept album, which will once again be wildly different from their previous tracks.
Sunshine & Bullets have opened for Imagine Dragons, The Used, Stone Temple Pilots (with Chester Benington), Chevelle, Anberlin, Jane's Addiction, Filter, Foxy Shazam, Falling In Reverse, Middle Class Rut, Civil Twilight, Saving Abel, Framing Hanley, Eye Empire, Cinder, Days of the New, John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls, Stroke 9, Smile Empty Soul, Local H, Adema, Eye Empire, and many more to come soon!
Performed at Rockwave 2013
Performed at Zombiecon 2013
Performed at the 97X Backyard BBQ
Performed at the Surf and Song Festival in Fort Myers
Performed at the Ink Life Tour in Fort Myers
Many other Festivals and local radio shows, as well as preferred acts in many competitions, and judges pick in battle of the bands competitions.