Sunshine & Bullets
Sunshine & Bullets originally formed in 2010 in Tampa, FL as a power trio with the goal to create a large dynamic sound out of only 3 members, with both male and female vocals. They developed their unusual blend of rock music and started booking shows, building a cult following in various cities across the U.S. and made friends around the world. Rich Keane Jr. earned the nickname "Ginger Loko" for his red hair and wild stage antics such as playing his guitar on the floor like a piano and throwing it up in the air and catching it in time to finish a riff.
Their music ranges from dark and heavy to peaceful and ambient, with Rich Keane Jr. and Amanda Hamers both singing lead, giving them comparisons to Evanescence, Linkin Park, Chevelle, A Perfect Circle, and other late 90's to early 2000's alternative hard rock bands.
They recorded and released the album Triangulum Mechanism in 2014. The single "...go" from the album was reviewed by Bubba the Love Sponge on a Nationally Syndicated FM program, and he said "I find your band one of the most brilliant bands I heard in 28 years of radio."
Shortly after releasing their album, they experimented with lineup changes. Amanda Hamers started playing the 7 string guitar, and they added Sam Brown on bass to become a 4-piece. After six months, Brown left the band to pursue other endeavors. They auditioned Chandler Cornell on bass and Steven Schultz on Lighting Effects, and they were with the band for a year and a half until they also decided to start their own band. Brown, Cornell, and Schultz remain friends with S&B, but the original trio took this as a sign that they should remain a 3-piece, so instead of auditioning for a new bass player, they went back to their roots and Hamers picked up the bass again. In 2018, they parted ways with Kyle Wolfram, and invited Matty Exile (from the band Together in Exile) to join them on drums. They remained friends with all their former bandmates, and even though their paths may have taken different directions, they wished them well in all their journeys and supported them along the way.
Keane and Hamers finally married in March 2018, inviting all of their friends, family, and fans to a wedding/video shoot for the song "Through the Rain."
In 2019, Hamers became pregnant with her first child, and the band took a breather from live performances. Soon after that, the global pandemic of 2020 solidified their decision to postpone any live performances for the time being, and to focus on writing instead.
Unfortunately, in 2021, Matty Exile passed away. He was a kind, creative, and talented soul taken from the world too soon.
Through hard times and humble beginnings, taking gigs at small bars for a handful of dedicated fans, they have since had the honor of being invited to perform at large music festivals in front of tens of thousands of people and for live syndicated TV and Radio programs. Yet, their favorite memories are the heartfelt moments that they can share with their fans. The stories their fans share of hope and kindness from darkness would inspire even the coldest of hearts.
They are currently in the process of writing their next album, and it will be influenced by the wild and mysterious ride of life, flashing a playful grin as we forge into the dark abyss.
- Rich Keane Jr. (Vocals/Guitar)
- Amanda Hamers (Vocals/Bass)
- Matty Exile (Drums)
- Kyle Wolfram (Drums)
- Chandler Cornell (Bass)
- Steven Schultz (Lighting Effects)
- Sam Brown (Bass)
They have performed at Rockwave, 97X Backyard BBQ, Ink Life Tour, Rock the Park, and Zombicon, opening for such acts as Imagine Dragons, Bret Michaels from Poison, The Used, Stone Temple Pilots (with Chester Bennington), Chevelle, Anberlin, Jane's Addiction, Filter, Helmet, Foxy Shazam, Falling In Reverse, Middle Class Rut, Civil Twilight, Saving Abel, Framing Hanley, Cinder, Days of the New, John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls, Stroke 9, Smile Empty Soul, Local H, Adema, Eye Empire, and more.
“I find your band one of the most brilliant bands I heard in 28 years of radio.”
“Sunshine & Bullets has done it by the book and they have a huge fan base now.”
“By the time the album closes with “The Mechanism”, one of my new all time favorite instrumental tracks, it’s clear that this band is destined for greatness. Not only are they experts on their respective instruments, but the vocals being traded off between the male and female voices are simply astounding.”
“The tracks on this album are a perfect fit for the tv/movie industry and there's no telling how far this group will go! If you like music with balls, Sunshine & Bullets is the band for you!”
“It feels as though those songs could change someone’s mood, day, or even life, if the listener allowed it. This album, and band are exceptional, and extremely unique. With the alternative rock and melodic feel to it, added with the male and female vocals, it is guaranteed that anyone who listens will not be let down.”
“Once in a while, if you are lucky enough, you cross paths with a few individuals who are caring, selfless, and all-around good-hearted people. These are three of those individuals, and we are honored and proud to call them friends. Take a Take a few minutes and get to know them the way we know them and see why they are taking Florida by Storm.”
“This fan has enjoyed watching this regional gem develop over the years...hands down the easiest way to describe this band is to take some fans to a performance and share the experience with them!...This trio are some of the most focused, driven and ready to hit the world...”
“They hail from Tampa Bay but their unique power blend is taking them nationwide fast . . . Sunshine and Bullets appeared on the National television show "The Daily Buzz" on the CW Network. To view the segment visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aI17PP3LU8A Sunshine and Bullets is an appropriate name for a hot trio with the combined energy of Florida sunshine and explosive ammunition”
"Last night I went to Gasoline Alley to see Sunshine & Bullets play. They were awesome! I really love a good female fronted band... and locally they're hard to find these days, but now I've got a new fave local band!"
"The trio plays alternative rock that's hard but with groovy, fun-loving touches. . . elements of White Stripes-y blues, and Hamers has a warble that calls to mind Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker. She and Keane split the vocal duties, and they harmonize with each other throughout the set."
“They are a 3-piece hard rock act whose sound is kind of hard to categorize. Why? Because their influences are incredibly wide-ranging. . . . this one was my personal favorite, simply because of the fact that they had such a diverse library of sounds and textures (many of them coming from on-the-spot loops created via bassist Amanda Hamers and guitarist Rich Keane's pedalboards).”
“Sunshine & Bullets may be changing but they are still keeping true to their brave, experimental sound and vibe. They are passionate about keeping personally connected to their fans and always have them in mind when they make changes. They were presented with the question a while back in their career; “What are you doing differently from any other band?” They stepped up to the plate and decided to accept the challenge and stand out. With unique performances, emotional songwriting, and adventurous experimentation Sunshine & Bullets will continue to blow audiences away.”
“If you are ever in the Tampa Bay area check out Sunshine & Bullets live, such amazing guitar work by Mr. Rick Keane and the beauty of bass played by Miss Amanda Hamers, along with her amazing vocals. You have never heard drumming before if you haven't heard Kyle on the drums and the thunder beats of his work! Sunshine & Bullets are here to stay.”
“Having listened to their back catalog of music I can say that the three new songs are their best to date. My favorite of the three being the song "Go". The band really showcases their maturation as songwriters with the new material. Look for an upcoming release from the band soon. For now, make sure to keep up with them on Facebook and check out the songs below.”
“Sunshine & Bullets is one of the best, most original bands in the Tampa Bay area, the state of Florida and possibly the United States. Get with the program! And get up to speed with their latest, video, “Feel Good”. Sunshine & Bullets are definitely a band you need to keep up with. It not for yourself, do it for the children!”
“Sunshine and Bullets… who are they? Simply put, they are one of the coolest bands of all time; a rock fanatic’s dream. Sunshine and Bullets brings a new sound to rock music that’s itching to be heard.”
“This energetic group is dedicated to providing a great show for Tampa Bay or anyone that will let them show off their talent. Even though Kyle gets to hide behind his drums as all drummers do, Amanda turns heads with her blond tresses, good looks and unique style, while Rich can only be described as having so much energy and focus he may just one day explode live on stage.”