Sugar Army have released the first film clip from their forthcoming album Summertime Heavy, due out this year. Once again the man behind the drums, James Sher has taken charge of the camera and directed the clip for Hooks for Hands, though not without a little help from some special effect and animation wizards tucked away in the CIA Studios enclosure. Names to mention here are Sam Price,Pierce Davidson, Josh Rampling, Tim Sommerville, Lestyn William.
SUGAR ARMY //
I blame INXS, a soft target I know, but if Michael Hutchence and his bunch of leather and paisley wearing haircuts hadn’t decided that Wembley Stadium was a great place to do rock concerts then maybe, just maybe musicians would have kept their prancing and showboating to stages instead of football fields.
This year The Crustacean Cup matured into a four team competition, pitting local lead breakers and beat makers against each other in an irreverant riff on the world game. Cut & Paste was there to record all the highlights, the low lights and the absurd lack of motor skills that people who can play play multi-octave scales at blistering speed demonstrate when a big round thing gets near their feet.
Special mentions must go to the Foodchain crew for putting together an excellent afternoon’s entertainment, Tomas Ford for MC-ing the day and of course to the mighty Crabcelona FC for defending their title from last year.
During the Final of the 2011 Crustacean Cup, Young Filmmaker of the Year and roving documentary man Mat de Koning went deep inside the camps at half time and full time to talk strategy, skills and post match celebrations.
Game 1: FC Crabcelona 1 def Mictacea 0
Game 2: The Mariners 1 def Tyrannocrabs 0
Final: FC Crabeclona 1 def The Mariners 0
WHERE: Amplifier Bar, Perth
It’s July and it’s cold but Sugar Army are keeping everything under control as they head around Perth on their In Control Tour. The third of four dates brought them and an irrepressible crowd to the Amplifier bar.
Support heroes, Emperors began the eve. Every time these guys play they seem to get better. Their songs have moved from mundane and bland to well crafted and with even better execution.
New single, The River and a reworked version of Favorite Colours were highlights from quite a delightful set that perhaps moved this band from OK to, dare a say it, a band to watch.
Young Revelry jumped up on stage for the second support slot. Starting off with a flurry of noise, distortion and heaviness, hopes were high for a band I had yet to see.
However as they settled down into their set my hopes faded. Young Revelry are in no way a bad band, but for me they were bland, repetitive and for the most part devoid of any real sense of self.
So to everyone’s favorite tasty treat: Sugar Army. From the outset it was clear that Sugars are well rehearsed, experienced and a downright good band. They played a fine set of new songs, in-between older tracks. Sugar Army gave the Saturday night crowd quite a treat.
They way they are able to weave tracks together is, in part, down to the hard work they put in the rehearsal rooms but more so due to the comfort they have with each other on stage.
Greed is Good, Where Do You Hide Your Toys? and new track In Control soared throughout the small room and the crowd were loving it. It was good to see an Amplifier crowd interested and involved in the live music they were witnessing.
Finishing with Acute and crowd favorite Tongues In Cheeks were a measure of how in tune Sugars were on this eve. With new tracks on the way, new recordings and further shows, the Army marches on.
©Chris Wheeldon. 5th July 2010.
Photos by Lisa Businovski Click any picture to see it full size!
WHERE: Wellington Square
WHEN: Sunday, May 23
The smack talk from Tyranocrabs Ringmaster Laith Tierney and Crabs FC Honcho Chris Pierucci on RTR FM included a bet that could result in Pierucci getting naked on Beaufort street, inflatable goals that wouldn’t stay inflated even with all the freely available hot air from the players and Peter Barr winning another WAMI – in the Sportscasting category: That’s the Crusty Cup!