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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.

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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
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  • Audio CD (April 12, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: April 12, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fearless Records
  • Run Time: 35 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005NG5K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,793 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The first song I heard by these guys was "Stuck in America", which prompted me into thinking that the punk scene was being toned down considerably. Then I heard "Bouncing off the Walls" and "How Does it Feel" and I thought that perhaps I was wrong. But it wasn't until I heard "Pretty Girl" that I realized the great coincidence.

See, the songs I had downloaded off the band's Ultimatum Records debut were the punk-ish songs. Of the 12 tracks, 5 were fast-paced and short. I happened to download 4 of those 5. The rest were songs that were completely reminiscent of Gin Blossoms. Seriously. But, despite the tone I might convey as I write this, this is not a bad thing. Hey, I like Gin Blossoms.

So yes, those four songs can be deceptive. I guess one could accuse the band of not having a particular identity, but if you're as open as I am regarding music then this shouldn't be a problem. The album's opener, "You're the One", an incredibly hyper romp through teen obsessions and spontaneous bursts of emotion, is everything but similar to the album's closer, "I Changed My Name", which can easily be compared to Collective Soul or Silverchair's older ballads. Then we have twin songs "Every Beautiful Day" and "Saying Goodbye", which are easily the catchiest pop rock songs I have heard recently. Sure, the guitars are distorted, but they easily evoke memories of the Refreshments and the Verve Pipe.

If you've seen Van Wilder then you're familiar with the song "Bouncing off the Walls". It's faster than the rest of the album, and at times can sound a little pretentious or obnoxious (like Midtown at times). The album does not resemble this song (with the exception of "You're the One" and "How Does it Feel").
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Sugarcult is a pop-punk band that knows what they're doing. Their songs are structured and ear catching, and they posses a sound that's all their own. Yes, you can believe what you just read, a pop-punk band with a unique sound, not something they stole from another band (Hm, Sum41 perhaps?).
This album as a whole comes off very strong, with tracks that can go punch for punch with the best of them. Songs such as "You're the one" and "Stuck in America" really kick things off with a bang. Other great songs that follow are "Bouncing off the walls", "Daddy's little defect" and "Pretty Girl".
I couldn't find anything negative about "Start Static", which has solidified the band in the pop-punk scene. Hopefully Sugarcult can come out with something more jaw dropping on their next release. But, none of the less this is a great album to get the band on their feet.
Nothing really good or bad to point out musically, the guitar work is pretty basic which is of course what you would expect of a pop-punk band. The same comment would apply well to the rest of the band.
Overall, pop-punk fans and rock fans alike will both enjoy this release, pick it up.
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mmhm. now i see that comparos to the ever endless line of post punk power pop not so good bands (blink, sum 41, new found glory) are very populer. i see them and i dont. yeah...they have that mentality. but they inject a couple gallons of talent into the deal. 70's originality, insightful lyrics, good instrumentation, rock radio sounds. very listenable, overall. there isn't a looser in this crowd...but as with most albums there are standouts. now...my favorite is pretty girl. the guitars, cracking vocals, powerful lyric work, and so forth mix to create an addictive song. i changed my name is also balladish but stands out for its oomph. stuck in america, bouncing off the walls, you're the one, lost in you are also super. if not A+, the rest of the songs are all really good, as well. so all that ... said, buy this cd. i dont think it would even disappoint the most staunch of power pop haters...as long as they have an open mind going into it. otherwise they dont deserve to know about this 40 minute package o goodness. buy it you won't regret it. i promise.
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Recently America has faced a constant barrage of pop-punk bands and artists. Some of them are extremely talented and are worth every minute of your time. Others aren't. Unfortunately with all that's out there the really talented bands often get forgotten in the shuffle. It looks like that's what might happen to Sugarcult, a new extremely talented band that does not get the credit it deserves. First off, unlike some other bands this day, the lead singer, Tim, has a decent voice and he knows how to use it. As a vocalist I often find myself cringing when I listen to rock CDs but I don't do that all too often while listening to it. The songs are bubbly, happy, and nearly perfect. Sure. It's not a perfect CD but very few are. Here's a break down of the tracks
1. You're the one- A fast paced rock tune that really kicks the album off. It's a kind of song you'll find yourself humming long after you've turned your CD player off. 5/5 stars.
2. Stuck in America- Another great fast paced song that I can very much relate to. 5/5 stars.
3. Hate Every beautiful Day- Although not as good as the first two this pop punk song is still worth listening to. 4/5 stars
4. Bouncing off the walls- A song that gives off the feeling that it was created by an impatient kid on an ADD trip. And for once that style works. One of the best songs of the CD 5/5 stars.
5. Saying good-bye- A decent song with great alliteration in the lyrics (yes. That's poetry I know but they do a good job with it here too). 4/5 stars
6. Daddy's little Defect- Another good solid fast song. It's something you can dance to. 5/5 stars
7. Lost in You- A good ballad but nothing special. 3/5 stars
8. Pretty Girl- Another good solid song. 4/5 stars.
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