CD REVIEW: Hey Sugar - Along for the Ride (2010)
By: Cyrus Rhodes
"Rock n' Roll is back in town"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy R&B
Sounds Like: Ratt, AC/DC, Tesla, Skid Row, Airborne.
Weakness: More Ripping Solos Please, Snare Drum Tonality
4 piece Montreal Canadian Rock band Hey Sugar release their debut CD entitled Along for the Ride” in 2010. This band is making quite a name for itself with their hard rock sounds and action packed performances out on the Warp Tour.
The CD kicks things off into high gear with intro piece “In the Beginning” which leads you head first into the title track a grinding guitar groove meshed against driving rock rhythm, emotionally charged vocal delivery and well placed harmonies. Track 3 “This is so Good” serves up another adrenalised solid low end groove, with melodic musical flow coupled with hooky harmonies and impressive vocal emotion. Track 4 my personal favorite “Fire is Made to Play” keeps pushing hard with its slithering guitar intro eventually lending itself into a pulsating rock groove with an infectious rock melody that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. As the CD unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of Ratt, AC/DC, Tesla, Airborne and even Skid Row. Right from the start you will notice these 4 lads feel quite comfortable just letting it all hang out musically, not holding anything back. The overall musical vibe has a nice, raw hard rock feel to it reminiscent of music popular back in the late nineties yet with a modern day twist and feel. The guitar playing hits you right between the eyes and dishes out impressive heavy R&B type guitar licks all built upon a solid low end rhythm foundation. The vocal timber is full of passion and recklessness abandon. The musicianship from all the other members in the band has everything you would expect from a no holds barred standard 4 piece rock band. The songs themselves are consistent musical experiences, each one possessing unique personality, flair and signature groove. From rocking “Standing by the Crossroads” to bluesy “Interlude” to full tilt “All that I Need” and “Tied to the Rails” to this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 12 “Exception to the Rule” the prefect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
I wish I heard more ripping guitar solos throughout. At times the snare drums sounds more like a shotgun than a drum.
In close Along for the Ride is an action packed production from start to finish. It’s strong suit – its raw feel almost as if you were watching a band play live in the studio. If these guys have a slam dunk live presentation on the Warp Tour then that would be a deadly combination no doubt. The songs are extremely heavy, melodic, passionate and powerful. This band will no doubt get your adrenalin pumping. Yep – it looks like Rock n Roll is back in town again.