The band formed initially as a side-project with David Challinor (guitar), David Hobson (bass) and Rohan Geddes (drums) in Pennant Hills in Sydney's north west in August 1997. Early tape recordings and gigs showed the band in similar sonic territory as Flying Saucer Attack and other drone]/ noise/ post-rock bands, something the band soon grew away from in the hope of melding all the noise & feedback into more concise pop arrangements.
The band are often filed under shoegazer and noise-pop music. The group's influences range from the Beatles, Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, Velvet Underground and Love, through to more recent artists Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh, Spacemen3, Flying Saucer Attack, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine and the Jesus and Mary Chain.
The members' teenage/formative years share a collective love of punk & death metal - which occasionally resurfaces, some might say at odds with the delicate melodic nature of the band's current output. Live shows are generally loud, densely layered and orchestrated guitar assaults.
Until recently the band regularly fielded a team "The Söunds Like Sunset Singletönes" in Chief Robby Cranny's PRL (Pretend Rugby League. The team's PRL career began in 2003 at the Zetland Hotel, and its career highlight was coming Div 1 runners-up in the 2006 season, followed by a Div1 3rd place in the 2007 season with a team selected entirely by Travis Baird of cult band Founder. Travis was recruited to select a squad when everyone in Sounds Like Sunset forgot to attend the player auction.
In 2008 the band shocked the PRL community by again failing to attend the 2008 PRL player auction, a move that did not go unnoticed by the PRL hierarchy and the band were forced to relinquish their coveted spot in Div1 of the PRL altogether. The band hope to be eligible to re-register with PRL in 2009 and start climbing their way back through the lower leagues until again finding glory in Div1.
The band are currently recording and mixing an as yet untitled 3rd album across various home studio setups.
Andrew Fevre (guitar) recently spent a year overseas, and in his absence the band played on with various friends dropping into the lineup for a number of shows, including:
Band members now live in an area spread between Canterbury, Bondi and the NSW Central Coast suburb of Wyoming.