Following graduation they wrote music in their free time while collecting unemployment benefits. It just dawned on me gradually. The band chose the name "The Sundays" as it was the only one everyone could agree upon. It topped the British indie charts and received acclaim as one of the best singles of
The Sundays released the much beloved and treasured Reading, Writing and Arithmetic in January of The album was a perfect reflection of post-grad student life circa Few at the time realized that the band was spinning pure gold that would be an encapsulation of nostalgia for that fleeting time in between college graduation and becoming a responsible adult.
That period of life when everything seems possible and in contrast, there seem to be no new frontiers to conquer. They were messing about with songwriting and prose when the idea of a band first became a possibility.
The band would eventually compose Harriet on vocals and David as guitarist with Paul Brindley on bass and Patrick Hannan on drums. Things moved rapidly for The Sundays, the band quickly went from fiddling around making demos to being signed by Rough Trade after a bit of a bidding war.
The band, fortunately, hit the sweet spot of arriving at a time when a new decade was dawning and suddenly from the ruins of the last musical decade The Sundays emerged and were in parts The Smiths and the Cocteau Twins all in one.
The song would chart in the UK at 5. The album sold over a million copies and received a positive critical reception. Heavy rotation on MTV and an exhausting promotional tour did the rest. In a very short period of time, The Sundays went from unknown on the dive bar circuit to a band on the fast track to fame.
For better or worse The Sundays conveyed their total unconcern for passing trends or fads in the highly volatile UK music scene. Theirs was a completely personal incarnation, complete with offbeat thoughts on life, love and the English weather.
The Sundays displayed an unending confident smartness that had seemed to have leeched out of the UK music scene of the time. There are many reasons for their success but it all boils down to the stellar talents at the helm of the band, David Gavurin and Harriet Wheeler.
The two together were a potent combination, also not to be shortchanged the rhythm section of Brindley and Hannan provided the solid backbone for the songs.
Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic was a perfect meditation on post-grad life when the world is your oyster and you either go into plastics like the adults suggest or start a rock band.
The Sundays were able to capture the feeling of being totally confident you would never make the same mistakes as the adults and that surely the life you had dreamed of was just around the corner. The disc kicked off with Skin and Bone starting off like someone dropped a sonic bomb.
Those first vocals were all you needed to indicate you were in for something special. The Smithesque guitar makes for sheer perfection.
There are precious few songs that would ever wax so poetic about erotic incidences in a shed or be loving someone for the books they read. This song alone explains why The Sundays are so beloved and fondly remembered.
Expounding on the pressures to choose correctly and immediately when it might be best to take a pause. It is an engaging clever song.
Speaking of clever, The Sundays nailed the internecine battle of flat sharing politics in college on the song I Won. The eternal debate society of the college dorm is on full display. For those of us who can harken back to those battles, there is an appreciation of the description of those situations.
It is a song that addressed the post-grad ennui of not finding anything that appeals when taking the first steps into adulthood. Pondering if those steps should be volunteering, civil service or what? Even a night on the town ends early with the decision to just head home.
The song itself examines our inner embarrassments and habits, from talking to ourselves to reading horoscopes on the lav. Only Harriet and David could turn this song about rationalizing our neurotic tics into a thing of such beauty that it is timeless.
It all sounds so very effortless, pure sonic goodness. A Certain Someone is a daydream of sorts that many of us use to get us through our day.Hello stressed ones!!!!I did the Leaving Cert last year () and I’m currently on a gap year.
I got the elusive points and I thought I’d join this site to offer my advice to those taking on the LC this year. out of 5 stars Reading Writing and music.
February 11, Format: in , and lasting until ;Reading Writing and Arithmetic is almost a work of Art itself.
Most of the tracks sound the The Sundays: Reading, Writing and Arithmetic (g) Vinyl LP (Record Store Day) by The Sundays. 11 rows · The Sundays' debut album builds on the layered, ringing guitar hooks and 9/ Reading, Writing and Arithmetic, an Album by The Sundays. Released in on (catalog no.
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In the first of a new series on The Quietus, Iain Moffat looks at The Sundays' Reading, Writing and Arithmetic, originally released in Listen to Reading, Writing & Arithmetic on Spotify The first great album of this decade is something that looks likely to be up for debate for some time yet - Acolyte?
The Sundays / Reading, Writing & Arithmetic (/Rough Trade) This debut album from The Sundays is guaranteed to make you smile and feel happy all over.