Sugarland Run--emo, Pop And So Much More
Young pop punksters from Utah drop into Viva.
Thursday, November 21, 2002
The Sugarland Run isn''t one of those groups that take themselves really seriously. They rag on one another very publicly on their Web site, giving the casual reader a glimpse of their silliness.
But like any good band, TSR is made up of people who each bring their own strength to the group.
"Each of us seems to have our role with the band," says drummer Jason Fitt. "But in practice space, it all comes together as the band meshes with different musical tastes."
Describing their music as "aggressive power pop," the boys in the band blend punk, rock and emo into something catchy and giddy sounding, even when the song is about heartbreak and despair.
"We kind of have a emo/punk influence, but as far as which genre to put us in, we let other people decide that," Fitt says.
The song "This Is Where I Give My Usual Response" characteristically defies definition. The perky guitar progressions go against the words being sung about abandonment and resentment. But when one listens to it, somehow the choices of sound and meaning make sense.
Guitarist Mike Nakashima says, "The most important thing about music is that the listener recognizes the time and talent the artist has put into their songs. Whether the music is good or bad, it''s all worth acknowledging the fact that someone has put their soul into something that is precious to them."
Along with other guitarist Darren Frost and bass player Eddie King, the guys are coming all the way from Utah to play Viva this Saturday. What can they contribute to Monterey''s music scene?
"The Sugarland Run has always been about blending solid rockin'' rhythms with melodic breakdowns and instrumentals," Fitt says modestly. "We have a lot of breakdowns to keep things interesting. The lyrics give you a sense of what growing up is all about."
Their music is accessible, then, to the young punk rock fans who come to their shows.
"It''s about performing in front of a crowd and feeling that rush that can only be experienced onstage. When we hear fans sing our music it gives us a certain amount of satisfaction."
The Sugarland Run plays Viva Saturday at 9pm.