HEY SUGAR – Along for the Ride (2010)
Label: Independent Artist
By Mindy McCall edited by Devin McAlister

Overall Rating: 3.5/5

Deep from the depths of the Montreal Canada arises the 4 headed beast known as Hey Sugar who released their last album entitled “Along for the Ride” in 2010.

I always listen to the opening track extremely carefully. It’s the opening track the band or artists has selected to hit your ears first and foremost. The opening track appropriately called “In the Beginning” sets the stage rather well for this CD. It was a great intro piece that stuck in my head and had me eager for what lied ahead. All in all the whole CD is brilliantly delivered with a powerful Rock, guitar driven textures with songs that hit hard and has serious staying power melodically. Band members are : Jean-Francois Lussier – Guitar/Vocals, Marc-André Astolfi – Bass/Vocals, Jean-Christophe Cayer – Guitar, and Pierre-Olivier Perras – Drums. Music will remind you of Buckcherry, Green River, Mad Season and Temple of the Dog. To be honest I can’t say enough about this bands overall signature sound. Their bio describes it best: Bridging the gap between rock n’ roll, hardcore and blues and strongly influenced by what rock as been in the 60s and the 70s, Hey Sugar brings back the heartbeat of this free minded dream once again. With their old-time liberating classic rock spirit and modern hardcore touch Hey Sugar reaches for a sound more powerful and defined than ever. “We started to write our first songs, as a band, on a road trip across North America two years ago” says Marc, “and we have been working hard on defining ourselves ever since”. Well Said. “Along for the Ride” manages to deliver music that is very loud, in your face sound and reckless. Each piece is real, not so overly- corporate sounding and very defiant in nature. Hey Sugar have a sound that favors the 90’s Alternative Rock movement but with a modern-day Hard Rock feel. They will also remind me of a variety of bands from the 90’s. They may have a new sound but the spirit of Rock remains the same. I’ve never heard a new band sound so fresh. In other words Rock n Roll and Alt-Rock need more bands like “Hey Sugar” immediately.

The songs that stuck with me the most were All That I Need, This is so Good, Tied on the Rails and Along for the Ride.

URL – http://heysugar.bandcamp.com/

Buy Songs/CD – http://www.myspace.com/heysugarband

Hook up with Hey Sugar – http://www.facebook.com/heysugar

Final Word: If there was one word I would use to describe Hey Sugar it would be attitude. This CD will simply make you want to pour coffee in your bosses head or go out and start a revolution of your own. In close Hey Sugar deliver the goods – in so many different and unique ways and proves there are bands out there that can still rock the house.

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