1. The Lost Parade
  2. She Wants To See The Ocean
  3. Planting Seeds
  4. Kate
  5. Feet On The Ground
  6. The Hardest Things
  7. Perfect Disaster
  8. My Japanese Girl
  9. Moonbeams In Her Eyes
  10. Van Gogh & Chemistry
  11. Silver
  12. The Greatest Thrill
  13. The Morning Charade


Sunday Smoke Kit
“The Hardest Things Are Often The Simplest To Unwind”

Released April, 1998. Re-issued 2000.
Produced by Xavier Pelleuf
Out of print.

The Debut long-player from Sunday Smoke Kit. Backing/basic tracks were recorded in Virginia Beach with Neil DelParto (drums) and Paul Santos (Bass) and Scott Meiggs (Guitar). Overdubs/completed tracks recorded in Charlottesville, VA consisting of Scott Meiggs penned tracks from 1994-1998, many of which were influenced by the Velvet Underground. The completed songs apparently strayed from the original arrangments. Nonetheless, the LP features stellar tracks in "My Japanese Girl" "She Wants To See The Ocean" and more!

Splendid / May 26, 2000

Produced and engineered by Xavier Pelleuf, the Sunday Smoke Kit have created a full-length of alternative rock which is catchy, extremely accessible and full of phrases like the one in the title, which you'll either love or hate. Personally, I'm not too fond of the lyrics, and think the band is sometimes guilty of borrowing images from melodramatic cinema ("She wants to see the ocean before she dies") or from Breakfast Club philosophers (yes, I'm not too keen on the title). However, more honest and heartfelt bands (like the increasingly neglected Silos) can be so undramatic as to be boring, so the Sunday Smoke Kit can be criticized only so much. The music behind the lyrics is always pretty enjoyable, and you'll find yourself swaying to these melodies in no time. All of the Sunday Smoke Kit's influences seem to come from popular sixties and nineties bands -- put the Byrds into a blender with Fastball and perhaps you'll get The Hardest Things... -- which altogether helps makes the CD very welcoming. As for its best moments, they seem to come at those rare times when the guitars are let out in the wild, making the rampaging "My Japanese Girl" one of the better pop songs that I've heard in this (young) millenium. -TD