"Start Static" (Fearless; 2001)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Sugarcult are the kings of Punk-Pop on their debut disc. This Santa Barbara, CA outfit features guitarist Marko 72 who has played with such bands as Nerf Herder and The Ataris. With that being said you know what you’re going to get in the power riff department. From start to finish this CD is great. It’s not so predictable that you just turn it on and walk off, using it as some nice background music. You can sing and play air guitar with each track, bob your head to the drums and do so all without injury.

Their lyrics deserve a read-along. They don’t take themselves too serious and, in fact, they take nothing serious and poke fun at certain themes. Sugarcult has a devil-may-care attitude about a lot of things.

A two week invitation to join The Warped Tour turned into two months and gave Sugarcult just what they needed to hone their skills and put out some catchy rock. Green Day invited them along as well to stomp Keds on another tour so they apparently have some talent.

Sugarcult has also mastered the quick chorus and usually get the song over with before anyone would get too bored; not that its boring, mind you, it's just commercial quick. The guitar is tasty enough for me so I can give the \m/ for those who want a referral.

The best tracks are “You’re The One,” “Stuck In America,” “Bouncing Off The Walls,” and “Daddy’s Little Defect.”

Sugarcult: Tim Pagnotta – vocals, guitar; Marko 72 – guitar; Airin – bass; Ben Davis – drums.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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