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Black Sunshine initially was the brainchild of extreme sports icon and Volkl team rider Matt Reardon, one of the top freeskiers in the world. After a horrific accident, 11 leg operations and a complicated staph infection nearly derailed his career in extreme sports entirely, he decided to jump into the shark infested waters of the music business head first. During this down time he wrote over 40 songs determined to turn tragedy into triumph.
Armed with an arsenal full of heavy guitar riffs and infectious melodies, Reardon assembled Black Sunshine to bring his signature brand of hard rock to the masses. Ultimately, perseverance paid off as he was able to recruit drummer Matt “Toast” Young who has worked with industry giants, Billy Idol, Ray Luzier (Korn, Army of Anyone), Vinnie Colaiuta (Recording legend, Sting, Zappa) and Brian Tichy to execute his musical vision. Afterwards the remaining pieces of the puzzle fell in to place as multi instrumentalist Jeff Flannery (Van Zant’s) and guitarist Charles Lee, who was a member of the John 5 (Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie) side-project LOSER joined their ranks. Lee was playing with Filter and just recently spent two-months on the road with Theory of a Deadman during their stint on Motley Crue’s CRUEFEST. Finally, Bassist Christopher Serafini, formerly of Wind Up Recording artist Pollen, joined the group and gave Black Sunshine’s a heavy thick sounding low-end. Together the group managed to assemble the eleven blistering hard rock songs that compromise the group’s self-titled debut album.
Recorded with Grammy award winning producer Bob Marlette (Shinedown, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Black Sabbath, Seether, Filter, Saliva) at the wheel, Black Sunshine was able to record an album that stacks up against the group’s past musical accomplishments and still stands toe-to-toe with today’s modern rock heavyweights like Shinedown, Papa Roach and Breaking Benjamin. Marlette was able to bring out the soaring melodies that Black sunshine is known for, while polishing the riffs into a well oiled machine. Marlette proclaimed Black Sunshine’s debut “stands toe to toe with any top rock album out on the shelf!”
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