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Identical Suns

by Identical Suns

Identical Suns is a musical group who enjoy the art of musical exploration and love working on music, striving for the perfect blend of melody, chords, lyrics and production.
Genre: Pop: Beatles-pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Baby I'm Down
4:28 album only
2. Nothing I Can Do
5:04 album only
3. Coulda Sent a Reminder
4:42 album only
4. Show Me a Sign
3:45 album only
5. Yesterday Ended At Midnight
4:37 album only
6. E.M.I.L.Y.
4:01 album only
7. Common Ground
4:28 album only
8. The Turn
9:43 album only
9. Unraveled
5:40 album only
10. After the Lullaby
3:01 album only
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Album Notes
Music made in the shadow of great songs.

With influences like, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Jellyfish, Foo Fighters, Electric Light Orchestra, Crowded House, and Mike Viola, a song writing team, separated by 2200 miles, started collaborating for the first time in 2013.
Very quickly the songs emerged.

Todd Stanton and Rene Rodriguez with the help of Andrew Stanton, started writing, recording and producing music that obviously needed to come out. Within a few months, the framework of 10 songs developed.
Over the next year and a half, the songs were completely recorded.

Then, Mitch Trompeter joined the band and replaced all the electronic drum tracks with real drums.

After completing all recorded tracked, a familiar name became interested in taking the music to the next level.
Scott Bennett, of the Brian Wilson Band, tweaked all the mixes that Andrew Stanton had started. The final touches that brought each song to a brilliant shine.

Scott Bennett said the music "has got really brilliant songs and great melodies" and found himself "singing all the time".

Adam Waltemire of Pop Garden Radio said "The songs are just.... good! That's the best possible way to say it. Just good!!"

Alan Haber of Pure Pop Radio said "A great group that has great songs with terrific melodies, deep hooks and a great pop sensibility."

If you are a fan of any of the bands mentioned above, or you just love great music, we are positive you will enjoy our album.



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Adam Waltemire

Identical Suns and Their Musical Common Ground
Identical Suns
Project 2200

Just take a moment, you’ll discover, there are great Pop songs hidden everywhere.
With members in Ohio and California, Identical Suns have crafted ten wonderful songs that are reminiscent of ELO, XTC, the Beatles, Steely Dan, ELO, Mike Viola and the Rembrandts. No matter what the influence or vibe, the songs all have a life of their own and that is what makes Identical Suns an exciting band to listen to.
Rene Rodriguez, Todd Stanton and Andrew Stanton all contributed to the songwriting and instrumentation, with Rene and Todd trading off on lead vocals. Kimberly Stanton and Mitch Trumpeter round out the band alongside several guests including Andy Reed, Christian Phillips and Bennett, among others.
This album contains some very memorable tracks, including the perfect summer song, “Common Ground.” “Yesterday Ended at Midnight” would have fit in quite well on Brian Wilson’s That Lucky Old Sun album. “Coulda Sent a Reminder” is a catchy radio-friendly single while “E.M.I.L.Y.” is a great ‘crank it up’ rocker.
If you enjoy songs that take on an expanded musical journey, you’ll want to pay close attention to “That Turn.” What starts out as what may appear to be a story of longing for acceptance, the song takes you through various stages of a relationship. Rene and Todd split the lead vocals on the various segments, with some incredible musical co-pilots.
Having heard earlier versions of all ten tracks, I can honestly that it’s been exciting to watch not only the songs progress into the finished product, but to see Identical Suns become a band that I will enjoy for years to come.
Adam Waltemire
Host of WMEL’s Pop Garden Radio

Chris Shields

Of power pop and all good things ...
Sunshine, strummed guitars and harmonies. All good qualities, I'm sure we can agree. But when they are three elements in music, you run the risk of sounding derivative or (potentially worse) lifeless. All too often, some musicians will try to overcompensate for having nothing to say by having a happy sound, or hope that their lack of lyrical or emotional depth can be masked by three- or four-part harmony.

We are blessed that the Identical Suns do not suffer from a lack of things to say. The harmonies are beautiful and suit the music. The lyrics have depth, emotional and intellectual. Guitars, strummed and otherwise, add colors and textures to music that may bring to mind Buffalo Springfield, the Fleet Foxes, the Beach Boys, Big Star and so many other classic acts.

But they are not a derivative band. Main songwriters Todd Stanton and Rene Rodriguez sing from the heart. They sing from experience. They sing from the joys of early morning sunshine and from the angst of 2 a.m. restlessness. The material isn't all kittens and clouds, but neither is it all darkness and mood.
Great music has variety, it grabs the ears, the head and the heart. To have melodies and lyrics float through your mind when you least expect them, to have these songs form soundtracks to memories you had before you ever heard the music -- these are special, noteworthy qualities.

Of the 10 songs on the Identical Suns' debut album, an astonishing 10 songs are keepers. You read that right. Every song on this album has merit. "There's a special place and you keep it locked inside / when that song comes on the radio, it takes you for a ride" (from "Nothing I Can Do") speaks to the intimacy of music, how it can work on all of us ... and amazingly, THIS MUSIC reaches that special place, locked inside all of us. The rich vocals, the great instrumentation, the arrangements, the mixes, the melodies ... This is great music. It is relevant music. It's music that fans of 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s music fans can find great joy in.

Personal favorites include "Coulda Sent a Reminder," "Yesterday Ended at Midnight" and especially "Common Ground," the last of which I consider the spiritual center of the record. "Cracks in the road, steering control / they never told us that's what love is made of." This is music to listen to with a loved one, or when thinking of a loved one ... It is has all the appreciation of a mature love, with the energy of a new love and the scars of up-and-down love.

Sunshine, strummed guitars and harmonies. All good qualities, qualities that the Identical Suns put to magnificent use. Beyond the sum of its parts, this music is vital, it is engaging, it is invigorating and it is comforting. It is one of the best new albums I've listened to in 2015, and I am filled with excitement and anticipation to see where the Suns go from here.

"Wake up to the challenge, brush off the pain that is gone / and look to the sun." Do that. And look to the Suns.

They'll guide you where you need to go ... where you want to go.