Artist of the day: Sunshine and Bullets
Tampa alt-rock band Sunshine and Bullets -- singer-guitarist Rich Keane, singer-bassist Amanda Hamers and drummer Kyle Wolfram -- have a great description of themselves on their Reverbnation site: "Add a sprinkle of ninja, a dash of ginger & a pinch of blonde, & bake at 4000 degrees, cause it's HOOOOOOT!"
The trio plays alternative rock that's hard but with groovy, fun-loving touches. Tracks like Hookah Man, Still Bleeding and Style have elements of White Stripes-y blues, and Hamers has a warble that calls to mind Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker. She and Keane split the vocal duties, and they harmonize with each other throughout the set. They have a six-song demo and are writing more songs, but for now are perfecting their live presence.
"We are busting our tails to get heard right now," said Keane. "We play almost every weekend, be it in Tampa, Sarasota, St. Pete or Port Charlotte."
Sunshine and Bullets have two gigs coming up this week. On Friday, look for them at Crowbar as part of an acoustic show by Team Cybergeist (side note: acoustic Team Cybergeist? Huh?). Tickets are $6. And on Saturday, they'll be at the Blues Ship (1910 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City) alongside 20 Shades, Particle Effect and the Commoners. Tickets are $8.
Keane said the band prides itself on its wild live show.
"I typically keep finding things to do on the stage, like jumping off the stage, jumping on the stage, one-armed cartwheels while holding the guitar, and so on," Keane said. "Because if you come see us, it's something to hear, as well as something to see."