Since the release of his band's 2003 debut Blue Swan Orchestra, a KCRW favorite that featured guest vocals by Elliott Smith on Summertime, Shon Sullivan's Goldenboy has trekked near forever on the road, supporting the likes of Bright Eyes, Neil Finn, Stephen Malkmus and Grandaddy. For most of these shows, he was doing double-duty as well, playing multiple instruments with Finn, the Rentals, Eels and others on tours across the globe.
When Elliott Smith caught wind of Sullivan's prowess on guitar and keyboards in the LA-area band Spain, he quickly drafted him into his band; it was during his time alongside Smith that Sullivan began developing his own material, which would eventually become Goldenboy.Blue Swan Orchestra was recorded with drummer Bryan Bos and bears distant traces of Smith's influence. Its follow-up, Underneath the Radio (2006), found Sullivan and Bos joined by a cast of heavies including Neil Finn, Lisa Germano, Scott McPherson, Matt Sharp and Phil Jordan. Goldenboy is Shon Sullivan (Vocals / Guitar), performing with The New Familiar who are Nicole Verhamme (Guitar), Katy Stone (Bass) and Bryan Bos (Drums)
Sleepwalker, out February 2011, was recorded at Interstellar and Leaning Pine studios by Sullivan and Jon Crawford, and mastered and sequenced by veteran engineer Don Tyler, who mastered all of Elliott Smith's albums. Sullivan sums up Sleepwalker with the thought of not looking at the clock, taking our time, and trying to really develop the arrangements and the feel of the sound.