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Album Review

Sugarcult's debut disc is a quasi sugar-coated power pop album with punk overtones and a healthy dose of self-effacing humor. Escapism, skepticism, and a devil-may-care view of the world around them are the primary themes that weave their way into the lyrics on this high-energy stripped-to-the-bone collection by this frisky So-Cal quartet. As evidenced in the fiery anthem "Stuck in America," vocalist Tom Pagontta joyfully proclaims "everyone's talkin' 'bout blowing up the neighborhood/all I ever wanted to do was get away." "Saying Good-bye" is a pathos-filled paean of teenage heartbreak with an explosive chord progression so familiar that documenting it would seem like an accusation of plagiarism, which, in rock & roll of this nature, is an exercise in futility. "Bouncing Off the Walls" is yet another joust at the perils of romance, only this time the protagonist dips into his parent's cocaine stash to relieve the pain. On Start Static, Sugarcult has mastered the don't-bore-us-get-to-the-chorus approach to near perfection.

Customer Reviews

Good Memories

I've never grown bored of this album. It's pretty much timeless. Had this album for years- my music preferances have changed- and still love it. All the songs are catchy :)

Since when is this on here?

I love Hate Every Beautiful Day, ever since I first heard it. But I could have sworn this album wasn't on itunes last time I checked. I'm not complaining; now I can have the best alternative song I've ever heard on my ipod! I'm just saying that since when is this on itunes?

Stuck in America

It's great!! All the songs have a great beat and I really love it!!


Formed: 1998 in Santa Barbara, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The Santa Barbara, CA, alternative rock quartet Sugarcult (singer/guitarist Tim Pagnotta, guitarist Marko DeSantis, bassist Airin Older, and original drummer Ben Davis (who was later replaced by Kenny Livingston) took their name from a moniker that lesbian neighbors who lived next door to the band called themselves. Forming in 1998, the band's first show (a trio at the time) was opening for Superdrag at a local club. It was here that they met DeSantis -- who'd previously played with such bands as...
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