These may be new kids on the block, though by no means new to the music industry. While certainly well known in the Seattle music scene they are beginning to gain traction in other markets, I have it from a reliable source that a batch of CD’s is currently on route to Japan.

Their first single from the self titled CD is track one Perfect Girl, and recently achieved some playtime on the CBS affiliate station KIRO. In todays ever shrinking radio market that is quite the achievement.

Brilliant Sun certainly has an eclectic sound, some might call it Beatlesque, ballads with a soft rock maybe even verging on pop feel about them.

bs4.jpgLeader of the pack, is Steve Lee Phelps, a man with a resume so long it would take a book to adequately do it justice, Playing guitar since he was the tender age of 10, at one time or another he has played with such artists as The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction, to the Jackson 5 and Alice Cooper, he’s also played with The Thompson Twins, The Bangles, Oingo Boingo, and the Cramps. Steve knows his way around the music industry, that is for sure.

Joining him to form Brilliant Sun are Dino Mattelli another Seattle-area bass player and songwriter with more than 25 years of experience, and Jeff Reiner Songwriter, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, and Keyboards player (now thats what you call an all rounder!)

There are arena bands, and there are intimate small venue bands, Billiant Sun belongs in the latter category, their compositions at first seem very light and superficial, however they are superbly crafted with some very elegant wordsmithing. This is certainly a band that I plan on trying to catch live, I suspect that they are delightful on stage in a small venue.

Brilliant Sun are one of the growing number of bands that have found the power of the internet and their web page does have some streaming audio to let you try before you buy. A vital tool in todays music world.

People can order CD’s , posters , baseball caps , magnets via request on their website or email requests to

Simon Barrett

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