Sullivan Street hails from Green Point, but to listen to them, you’d think they grew up stateside on a diet of Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows. Led by half-brothers Liam Whan and Evan Long, the group churns out panging pop rock, heavy with heart. “Bleeding” begins with a rainfall of piano reminiscent of Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles” before swelling to pure pop catharsis. It’s a song that would be perfect for a sad scene from an MTV reality series. Sullivan Street aren’t ones to shy away from feelings. Case in point: “Don’t Let Me Down”—a dreamy pop ballad that works itself up to a lachrymose chorus. If all that emotion wears you out, skip to “Different,” a jangling pop rocker that sounds like Matchbox Twenty’s “3 AM,” only from down under. Otherwise, enjoy the sentiment.
Kate B. OurStage Magazine.