SIX HOUR SUNDOWN, the U.K.-based rock band fronted by Lauren Harris — daughter of legendary IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris — played an acoustic set on June 9 at the Download festival at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom. You can watch video footage of the performance below.
Formed in late 2009, SIX HOUR SUNDOWN was born from a desire of like-minded friends (and experienced musicians) to get back to the heart of why they wanted to make music in the first place.
According to a press release, SIX HOUR SUNDOWN “blurs the boundaries of musical genres with edgy modern rock riffs, driven by a solid rhythm section and topped off by a contemporary melody lines, delivered by a vocalist who puts her heart on the line with every performance.”
SIX HOUR SUNDOWN creates music that takes influences from bands as diverse as FOO FIGHTERS, 30 SECONDS TO MARS and VELVET REVOLVER but at all times keeping its unique vision intact.
SIX HOUR SUNDOWN is:
Lauren Harris – Vocals
Tom Gentry – Guitar
James Bennett – Guitar
Mitch Witham – Bass
Olly Smith – Drums
When asked why she decided to launch a band after touring and releasing an album under her own name, Lauren told PlanetMosh, “It kind of turned into a band when I was out as a solo artist anyway, because all of us became so close and we started writing songs together and stuff, and then we decided to drop the name completely and perform properly as a band. . . I’m not the only one in the band . . . so we just wanted to make it a bit more equal, and yeah, that’s it, really.”
Regarding the origins of the name SIX HOUR SUNDOWN, Lauren said, “We were talking amongst friends and just laughing and having a drink and stuff, and you know, when somebody says, ‘Oh, I fancy a drink,’ and it’s like one o’clock in the afternoon or something, and you’re like, ‘Really, you’re going to start drinking now?’ Then someone said, ‘It’s five o’clock somewhere in the world.’ . . . We went for six, because six is a cooler number, and six is my birthday, and it kind of led on from there — six hour sundown.
On the topic of the biggest difference between SIX HOUR SUNDOWN and the LAUREN HARRIS band, the singer said, “[SIX HOUR SUNDOWN is] much more current — the songs are more current. What we were doing before was almost a different genre, really. I think now it’s a lot more rocky, more melodic rock, whereas before it was much more pop-orientated rock, so I think that’s really the main difference, and of course, now there’s a band feel to it, which I think gives it a completely different feel anyway.”
SIX HOUR SUNDOWN‘s debut album will be released later in the year via Transcend Music.
Photo credit: John McMurtrie