Suncharms are ready to shine again

Sheffield band The Suncharms
Sheffield band The Suncharms

Back in 1993, Sheffield shoegazers The Suncharms went their separate ways after five years.

In their short career they did a session on Radio 1 for John Peel, reached number 23 in the indie charts and released two 12-inch singles on independent label Wilde Club.

They missed out on a third single release on Slumberland Records when the masters reputedly went missing in the post.

Then the band’s bassist Richard Farnell met Roque Ruiz of Cloudberry Records at the Indietracks festival in 2014 and the slow wheel of reunion was put into motion.

The original line-up of vocalist Marcus Palmer, guitarists Matt Neale and John Malone, bass player Richard and drummer Chris Ridley are now fully back together, have written new material, and are playing their first hometown show since they split up.

The Suncharms appear at Record Junkee on The Moor on Saturday (June 16).

They have an album of previously released material and demos, available via Cloudberry, and some new material out soon.

They describe their music as “characterised by a juxtaposition of gentle melodies and hushed vocals with relentlessly noisy guitars, producing an overall sound that bridges the gap between the noisier end of indiepop and shoegaze”.

Support comes from Sheffield indiepop band All Ashore!

Their declared aim is to “recapture the breathless rush of fuzzy jangly lo-fi 
pop we all felt back in the heady days of the 80s and 90s”.

Doors open at 8pm for Saturday’s show and advance tickets are available on

Entry for over-16s only.