Recorded in their hometown’s famous Parr Street studios, ‘Sold’ will feature on the Sugarmens forthcoming debut album to be released later this year. It has been a bit of a whirlwind for the past 18 months for the band, who have been busy honing their sound and playing to crowds while supporting the likes of Blur, The Who, Paul Weller, Sleaford Mods and Hooton Tennis Club.
Now, with a record deal in the bag, with Sire in the United States and Modern Sky Records in the UK, it’s full steam ahead for this talented 4-piece.
GIGsoup’s Jane Davies caught up with lead guitarist Chay Heney to find out what’s next in store for the Sugarmen…
Hello, may I say, you have got a really strong and energetic debut single there.
How is the work on the album going? Are we allowed to know when it will be ready?
We finished the album months ago but I’ve no idea when it will be out!
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I know some of your musical influences are The Clash and The Buzzcocks, but who else has inspired you?
Orange Juice, The Pixies, Stephen Malkmus, Television, Talking Heads, Parquet Courts,John Grant, Velvet Underground, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. I think it depends on what day you ask, like with most bands or artists there’s probably too many to mention.
How did you all meet up?
Some of us knew each other from growing up around the same area and some of us just sort of met at gigs when we were younger.
How do you feel about playing Sound City again this year?
We’re looking forward to it, haven’t played the Invisible Wind Factory yet so that should be nice!
Do you think your sound has developed over the past year? If so, how?
It’s hard to say, we’ve only released 3 singles in 4 and a bit years of being a band and over the last 2 we we’ve probably tried quite a few different things, but only we’d notice because we’ve only really been in the practice room or recording the album or playing to 5 people in London. I think it’s just a bit older than it was!
The video for ‘Sold’ is very fast paced. Does this accurately sum up your working trip to Seoul last year? What was the highlight of that trip for you? How were you received in South Korea?
We ended up going for just under a week and we had 3 gigs. The whole thing was a highlight! We went to temples, markets, the border, up one of the tallest towers and the festival itself (Zandari Festival) was fantastic. It was based in an area called Hongdae that just never seemed to go to sleep. I think we went down well there and it was a real pleasure to go.
Liverpool’s Sugarmen release their high energy debut single ‘Sold’ on Modern Sky Records on May 5th .