Soul and indie pop influences come to bear on Sugarmen’s new single, ‘Plastic Ocean’. 2015 has already been a huge year for Sugarmen. The band played two Hyde Park shows with The Who and Blur, as well as sharing stages with Sleaford Mods, The Bohicas, Hooton Tennis Club, Deer Hunter, Metronomy and British Sea Power.
Debut single ‘Dirt’, produced by Clash legend Mick Jones, was made XFM single of the week on its release in March and has racked up over 100,000 plays on Spotify. It’s easy to hear why: ‘Dirt’ is two-and-a-half glorious minutes of pure accelerating guitars matched with anthemic vocals.
But i cannot easily agree with ‘Plastic Ocean’ description as “ a galactic track that explodes into life with a collision of fractured rhythms and angular riffs” in fact this on consideration is wide of the mark, aside from some good guitar work the single sounds well, too lite, either that, or the four-piece are trying to widen their appeal even further, just with ‘Plastic Ocean’ without me. 6.8/10 for the band’s energy.
Luke Fenlon, Chay Heney, Sam McVann and Tom Shields