Sugarcult : Show Review :
by Dave Dalka
Sugarcult Is Coming To Town!
As I enter the arena, late because the promoter
screwed up the label's ticket allotment, I'm hearing
"Bouncing Off the Walls Again". The people in
the security line are dancing and yelling for
the guy to "hurry up already"! We finally make
it through as the song ends. I hear a girl scream
an expletive in disgust.
We make our way to our seats as they finish the
next song. This is a Chicago radio Christmas show,
so my first live impression of Sugarcult
will always be that of them singing a Christmas
song: Santa Claus is Coming to Town! They performed
this quite admirably, one band member even sporting
a Santa hat.
Sadly, the next song they played, "Pretty Girl",
was their last and then they were gone all too
quickly. I was surprised to learn that they A)
were the opening band and B) only had a 20-minute
set. These types of shows are booked a long time
in advance and that might have something to do
But Sugarcult did make a very positive impression on me in the short
time I saw them. Of the eight bands on the line-up, only two got a louder,
positive fan response. One band being hometown headliner Disturbed
and the other being Jimmy
Eat World, who arguably has had the most radio success of any
band in 2002. However, Sugarcult were the only band that bothered to
play a Christmas song at a Christmas show. This is even more impressive
(and unselfish) when you consider they were the band with the shortest
set! After their set, I went to visit a friend near the backstage area.
Sugarcult was out in this area shaking hands and working the crowd.
I later saw random members walking through the stadium stopping to sign
autographs for those who recognized them. They again were the only band
I saw doing this all day.
All in all, Sugarcult impressed me, not only with their unique brand
of punk with a somewhat positive vibe, but with their eagerness to act
appropriately for the occasion and interact closely with the fans at
the event. I hope to be invited back to witness a full show. Had I have
known they were only playing for 20 minutes I likely would've asked
for a rain check.
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