Tunes jump on the 60s bandwagon

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 04 February, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 04 February, 2007, 12:00am

Here is yet another album that sounds painfully like the Beach Boys.

The Ruby Suns join a long list of bands that have been influenced by the 1960s act.

Formed by the California-born Ryan McPhun, the New Zealand indie-pop band also include Amee Robinson (keyboards, saxophone, melodica), Mark Stebben (bass), James Dansey (drums), Olivia Kember (keyboards), Harry Cundy (trumpet), Gareth Shute (guitar) and James Milne (drums).

If you like the Beach Boys, you will probably like The Ruby Suns' self-titled debut. But some of the material sounds as if it was lifted straight from their predecessors' releases.

The influence of Pet Sounds - one of the most popular Beach Boys albums - can be heard throughout this album. But this is not necessarily be a bad thing as the Suns imitate, rather than steal from, the Boys.

The best track is Maasai Mara, about a lonely Kenyan zebra.

Look Out SOS! will have everyone up on the dance floor.

Trees Like Kids has a dreamy, a capella vibe.

The breezy, 60s-style music is bound to be a hit at first. But it's too similar to other records to stick around for long.