Start Static is Sugarcult's quintessential debut, originally released in August 2001. It delivered three smash radio singles: 'Bouncing Off The Walls', 'Stuck In America', and 'Pretty Girl (The Way)', three music videos, and sold 350,000 copies. 'Pretty Girl' has had recent play on MTV's 'Laguna Beach show, skyrocketing online sales from 300 per week to over 8,000 per week. The band has toured several times with Green Day, Blink 182, and Jimmy Eat World. With the November release of Back To the Disaster - A Film About Sugarcult DVD, now is the perfect time to replenish stock on this title. The band's third full-length is due out in the spring of 2006.
This Santa Barbara band may look like The Jam
, but they sound like surf punks with English degrees. Named after seven lesbians who lived across the hall from singer-guitarist Tim Pagnotta and dubbed themselves "sugarcult," this band fill the airwaves with their own brand of clever wretchedness, constantly veering between hardcore and pop punk, attempting to be all things to all listeners. And they come pretty close with their aerobic, bombastic drumming, nimble guitar work, and Pagnotta's sneering vocals. Luckily, they listened to enough Green Day
and Elvis Costello
to put a witty face on their spewing invective about dislocation, alienation, and tales of love gone bad that lands just this side of insincere. --Jaan Uhelszki