UPTIGHT SUGAR | BIO
Cleveland’s Uptight Sugar has at last unleashed and emerged from their 2018 debut EP, “Under Blue Light." Drawing on their influences of 60s/70s
Rock n' Roll, Psychedelia and Electro-Pop, their sound evokes vibey nostalgia--both familiar and fresh. And it beckons to be heard.
The five-piece formed in 2013 as the now sought after cover band, The Sunrise Jones, rising to regional popularity with sold out shows throughout
the Midwest and a dedicated fan base hooked on their incomparable renditions of every song ever loved. As Uptight Sugar, they deliver an original depth of sound reminiscent of classic Beatles, Pink Floyd, Roxy Music and Radiohead, mixed with modern impressions of Tame Impala, Mutemath and Spoon.
Their newest release, “I’m Ok, You’re Ok,” showcases the band’s roots in traditional songwriting and storytelling. Driven by the fevered vocals and pop sensibility of singer/songwriter, David Hamilton, “Ok” is a 24-minute trip lined with the universal themes of love, loss, and—at the core of both—hope. In its production, the band’s own Mike Murray [keyboards/guitar] proves the studio is an instrument in itself, harnessing the rich and layered techniques of Jon Brion and Nigel Godrich. Reinforced by sound engineer, Jim Stewart, and the mixing expertise of Welshly Arms’ Jimmy Weaver, “I’m Ok, You’re Ok” conveys an intricate mix of emotion, intention and experience that reveals more with each listen.
In their early days to date, Sugar has toured extensively throughout Northeast Ohio, opening for Welshly Arms, The Modern Electric, Sego and Everything, Everything. On stage, Matt Vance [lead guitar], and Hamilton deliver “Jagger/Richards” magnetism, while Murray, Dan Jankowski [percussion], and Adam Christian [bass], anchor the dynamic in an animated yet intimate experience for club and festival goers alike.
It's music to dance to and let seep into your soul. Join the dearly devoted who are sweet on Sugar.
UPTIGHT SUGAR IS:
David Hamilton - keyboards/vocals
Matt Vance - guitars/vocals
Mike Murray - keyboards/guitars/vocals
Adam Christian - bass
Dan Jankowski - drums/percussion