“If Buzzcocks had met Edwyn Collins in a Liverpool basement owned by Parquet Courts this is the record they would have made.”
It goes without saying that Liverpool has a rich musical history… and not just because of THAT band.
Sugarmen, however, are not just another Liverpool band. Their sound owes as much to New York of the 1970’s as is does to Liverpool of 2017. Their musical education has come from a love of New York’s post punk movement, Glasgow’s Postcard Records and punk bands such as Buzzcocks. BUT they are not a retro band. They mix their influences with a sound that is very much 2017. Edgy, razored guitars fight with a bass player who no one has told his guitar only has 4 stings. All this is driven by a drums straight out of 1978.
Maybe it was this love of New York mixed with Liverpool that caught the ear of music industry legend, Seymour Stein, at 2016’s Liverpool Sound City. Stein, one of the most respected A&R men of all time having signed Madonna, Talking Heads, The Ramones and many other legendary artists, loved what he heard and immediately signed the band to Sire Records via Warner Music.
The band then spent the next 18 months honing their sound and playing to sellout crowds supporting Blur , The Who, Paul Weller, Sleaford Mods, Hooton Tennis Club and many others.
In Oct 2016 the band entered the infamous Parr Street Studios in Liverpool with producer Chris Taylor to record their debut album, due for release summer 2017.
In the UK the album has been licensed to the brilliant, Liverpool via the far East label, Modern Sky entertainment.