2005 – present (12 years)
'Summertime Heavy' is the second record from Sugar Army - out now through Permanent Records.
Over the past few years, the band have released a critically acclaimed debut album & EP, with singles & videos from both releases dominating media all over Australia and finding support across international waters from UK print to US college radio. In that time they've supported Interpol & Smashing Pumpkins, opened the main stage of the Big Day Out, performed at many of the other major Australian summer festivals & toured relentlessly prior to the commencement of solid writing for the new album.
The making of the band's sophomore record was an experience unified with change, the main being the loss of one of its members, and with that, the introduction of a new working dynamic. After a period of intense reflection and exploration, Sugar Army are now ready to reveal their latest body of work 'Summertime Heavy'. This record is crisp, spacious and brutally honest - it's more introspective and personal than the younger 'The Parallels Amongst Ourselves'. Summertime Heavy offers cohesion, ideas & brains unified, a shedding of the past and embracing of the new. The groove is stronger, the lyrics are bolder, and from its foundations, everything sounds and feels completely focussed.
Change doesn't just affect one aspect of your being - Sugar Army is now both a dedicated recording project and a live project. Three who record, five who shape the live sound. These are two separate beasts and a further key aspect in displaying the eclecticism of Sugar Army. This band have flexibility and a willingness to explore, to bend and shape, to be stubbornly focussed in their own world, yet acutely aware of their surroundings.
Here now is Summertime Heavy. The next chapter to follow.
** Sugar Army are James Sher, Patrick Mclaughlin and Todd Honey. Live they are also Benjamin Pooley and Chris Simmons.
** Debut album 'The Parallels Amongst Ourselves' was released June 2009.
** The first single from 'Summertime Heavy' is 'Hooks For Hands' - a self-made stop motion video can be viewed here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iupdhCky8sY
** The second single from 'Summertime Heavy' is 'Will You Follow' - a self-made video will be released in September.
** The 'Summertime Heavy' national album tour will take place soon.
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