Sugarmen are a prime example of why you should always get down to a gig early enough to catch the supporting acts, I did just that for Little Comets’ recent Liverpool show and was blown away by opening act Sugarmen. Eager to learn more about this talented band I caught up with the Liverpool lads.
AMBY: So Sugarmen introduce yourselves
SUGARMEN: Luke Fenlon, Sam McVann, Ali Horn, Chay Heney
AMBY: What’s the story behind the name Sugarmen?
SUGARMEN: Well for us it means that Liverpool has a well known heritage involving the sugar industry. It is also a nod towards Rodriguez and the recent film Searching For Sugar Man.
AMBY: For anyone who hasn’t heard you yet how would you describe your sound?
SUGARMEN: It’s the trickiest question to ever answer for us, as we’re in the infancy of the band’s existence and have such a diverse range of influences. We sound like a band with a great record collection.
AMBY: You’ve just supported Little Comets at the new East Village Arts Club in Liverpool how was it?
SUGARMEN: Yeah it was a good gig to play for our third show. It was nice to see Little Comets crowd get down early to check us out and the reception was great.
AMBY: You’re playing Liverpool’s Sound City festival this month what else is in the pipeline for Sugarmen?
SUGARMEN: We’re doing a few shows later this month and then going into the studio (Parr St.) to record a single, which will be released on Eighties Vinyl Records this summer.
AMBY: If you could tour with anyone, who would it be?
SUGARMEN: Luke Fenlon – Rolling Stones. Sam McVann – Q.O.T.S.A – White Stripes. Chay Heney – The Clash (’77) – Flaming Lips. Ali Horn – Tame Impala – Fleetwood Mac.
AMBY: Who were the last three artists/bands you listened to?
SUGARMEN: HAIM, Ghost Poet, Tame Impala
AMBY: What do you do outside of music for fun?
SUGARMEN: Ping Pong/ Pub
AMBY: Who would you like to be most and least stuck in an elevator with?
SUGARMEN: Least: Jamiroquai Most: David Bowie.
AMBY: Last, but never least tell us something about Sugarmen that nobody knows
SUGARMEN: Prior to the band, Chay’s Dad and Sam’s Uncle were in a band called The Farm. Chay and Sam had never met each other before. It was sheer coincidence that they ended up in a band with each other.
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Fi Carroll @Dirtyroknroller