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Sugarcult Announce ‘Start Static’ Reissue

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  1. Melody Bot

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    Sugarcult will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Start Static with a digital and vinyl reissue. Pre-orders are now up.

    In August 2001, SoCal rockers Sugarcult burst onto the scene with their anthemic debut album Start Static. Combining high-energy punk riffs and irresistible power-pop melodies with a heavy dose of youthful angst, Start Static quickly earned the group a legion of fans, and spawned three hit singles, "Bouncing Off the Walls," "Pretty Girl (The Way)," and "Stuck in America." Now, two decades later, Craft Recordings commemorates this enduring favorite with a deluxe 20th anniversary vinyl and digital reissue.
    Set for an October 8 street date and available for pre-order today, the vinyl edition of Start Static (20th-Anniversary Edition) will feature the original album — newly remastered by the GRAMMY®-winning engineer, Paul Blakemore — plus three special bonus tracks: an early demo of "Say I'm Sorry," a live version of "Bouncing Off the Walls," plus a spirited cover of Elvis Costello & The Attraction's "No Action." The album comes housed in a gatefold jacket, featuring sculpted emboss printing and updated liner notes from the band. Fans can also find a special variant of the LP — pressed on clear vinyl and limited to 500 units — exclusively on Sugarcult's website and at Craft Recordings' online store. 
    The digital edition, also available October 8, features an additional, previously unreleased live version of the band's hit single, "Stuck in America." Fans can preview the extended album by streaming or downloading the cover of "No Action" today, while "Bouncing Off the Walls (Live)" will drop on September 10.
    Formed in Santa Barbara, CA, in 1998, Sugarcult — whose original lineup consisted of Tim Pagnotta (vocals/guitar), Airin Older (bass/vocals), Marko DeSantis (guitar), and Ben Davis (drums)— made their mark as one of the most dynamic and entertaining pop-punk bands to come out of the 2000s. After independently releasing two demos and two EPs, the quartet caught the ears of Ultimatum Music, who signed Sugarcult and connected them with producer Matt Wallace (Maroon 5, Faith No More, The Replacements) to work on their debut full-length. 
    Start Static went on to sell more than 300,000 copies, while the band embarked on nearly three years of non-stop touring. In addition to playing the main stage of Warped Tour and appearing at festivals like Glastonbury (UK), Summer Sonic (Japan), and Soundwaves (Australia), the group joined Green Day's American Idiot tour in the U.S. and Japan, as well as Blink 182's European arena tour. They would go on to headline hundreds of shows across North America, Europe, and Japan. Multiple songs off Start Static, meanwhile, could be heard on popular shows like MTV's Laguna Beach and in films like Van Wilder (the stars of which, Ryan Reynolds and Tara Reid, appeared in the music video for "Bouncing Off the Walls.)"
    In the liner notes, guitarist DeSantis recalls that Start Static  "was our confrontation and/or handshake with the world; our chance to get people to pay attention, earn their respect, and then, hopefully, win their hearts. The album title fit the narrative of the songs—which are mostly vignettes of young adult anxiety over the trials of messy romance and post-adolescent dissatisfaction and uncertainty. [Start Static] was our album title and our mission statement."
    DeSantis continues, "This album was a shared catalyst that changed our lives; launched our music careers; carried us all over the world, and created so many amazing adventures. I hope that people can drop the needle on this special 20th-anniversary edition of Start Static today and that it's still going to sound immediate, relevant, and vital while also evoking good memories passed and inspiring new memories to come. This album exceeded our wildest dreams and expectations and continues to do so. Even after all these years."
    When it comes to the newly added bonus tracks, DeSantis explains that they "are from the Start Static-era archives: 'Say I'm Sorry' was one of our most popular songs in our early club days and it was this exact demo recording that originally captured the attention of the record company that signed us … Without 'Say I'm Sorry,' there would be no Start Static!"
    He adds, "Sugarcult's patron saint of rock 'n' roll was Elvis Costello, so we included our cover version of 'No Action.' And 'Bouncing Off the Walls (Live)' captures the song in its best light … onstage, in front of a raging, sweaty crowd. From the moment we wrote that song, we knew it was gonna be fun to play live and it's been included on every setlist for every show we’ve played ever since."
    Following Start Static, Sugarcult went on to release two more acclaimed albums (2004's Palm Trees and Power Lines and 2006's Lights Out), and two DVDs before embarking on an extended hiatus in 2008. Since then, each band member has excelled in a variety of fields within the music industry. 
    Tim Pagnotta is an award-winning, multi-platinum-selling songwriter and producer who has collaborated with the likes of Weezer, Blink 182, Neon Trees, Walk the Moon, and Elle King. Airin Older went on to become a founding member of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and joined British alt-rock group thenewno2, featuring Dhani Harrison. Marko DeSantis is now a professor of music business, artist development and artist coaching at Los Angeles College of Music, Musicians Institute College of Music and Citrus College. He has also enjoyed several DJ residencies in the U.S. and Japan and has been featured as a guest speaker and panelist at SXSW, UCLA, and Sonos LEAD, among others. Ben Davis, meanwhile, enjoys a successful career writing and producing music for film, TV and commercials. 

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  2. alkalinexandy

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    And... Pre-ordered! The first half of this record is infinitely stronger than side B which kinda makes it perfect for vinyl. I'm half-joking but this record has been low-key very special to me over the years so I'm glad it's getting the reissue treatment.

    Here's hoping for an album/reunion tour in 2022!
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  3. Pepetito

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    God I loved this album.
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  4. CMilliken


    Need represses of their other two now.
  5. Mr. Serotonin

    I'm still staring down the sun Prestigious

    I forgot how much i listened to this record back in the day. Fun stuff. I think Palm Trees and Power Lines was the one I listened to most.
  6. alkalinexandy

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    You mean presses, right? I don't think either of the two subsequent albums have ever been pressed to vinyl. Unless Discogs has been lying to me all these years...
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  7. kidblink

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    Damn these all sold out quick
  8. JimmyIymmiJ

    Music, a steady riot in my soul. Supporter

    Nice. Sugarcult and Home Grown both getting news posts today definitely takes me back to a place. I remember it seemed like I was seeing these guys on tour every month because they were always hopping on something. I’m going to go spin this record now.
  9. Jason


    I always had high hopes of this band coming back and recording a new album until I saw how much success Tim had gotten in production. Seems unlikely to me, but hoping I'm wrong.
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  10. alkalinexandy

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    Agree that it makes it less likely, but it's a completely different itch. Which in a weird way makes it a bit more fun. Because if it happens, it's because they really want it to happen rather than there being a financial need.

    FWIW, every interview I've heard Marko do over the last few years on podcasts he's basically said "No plans yet, but you never know..." Feels more like it's hard to get everybody together rather than them not wanting to do it. A recent one made it sound like they wanted to do something for this year but.. COVID.

    Fingers crossed for a festival appearance or two (at least) in 2022!
  11. gbuffers


    Preordered the black variant from Amazon. As is becoming more frequent shipping costs are higher than the price of the vinyl to UK.

    I couldn’t resist, even Tim tried to act all big time with @Jason Tate once. For some reason that has always stuck in my head haha - I hope I’m not making that up

    Great album. Hoping for a first press of the others
  12. Now:Navigate!

    fair Supporter

    Fingers crossed infinitely hard for a few shows...

    Glad I saw this -- black variant on the official store sold out between the cart and checkout for me haha
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  13. DannyZach


    I mean look at Feldy…pretty BIG producer too and we got two solid Goldfinger albums within 3 years…I’d give anything for an another alternative/rock Sugarcult album though.Tim’s voice is (was?) awesome!
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  14. mybreakingpoint

    Jon Bunch Forever

    I guess I didn’t realize that Eleven and Wrap Me Up In Plastic were considered “demo collections” (per Wikipedia) rather than albums despite their respective lengths. My eyebrows rose when they referred to Start Static as their debut album, but I guess if they’re not considering their first 11 and 13 song releases ‘albums’, then it’s technically true.

    Either way, great, underrated band that I wish had gone further on the success of Memory. I wish they were lumped in with the seminal mainstream pop-punk bands of that era like Blink, FOB, Good Charlotte, Simple Plan, Yellowcard, etc. but they just never quite broke through that top barrier for pop-punk bands for whatever reason. Certainly wasn’t for lack of catchy songs. Oh well, still an awesome band and a reunion release/album would be excellent.
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  15. domotime2

    It's an Albany Expression Prestigious

    Wow haha already sold out
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  16. paythetab

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  17. CMilliken


    Oh seriously? I assumed they had been. Wasn't sure about Lights Out but thought Palm Trees was pressed for sure. That boggles my mind.
  18. alkalinexandy

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    Not according to Discogs or anywhere else I can find on the Internet. Haha. In fact, I think Start Static got its first press in like, 2013 or something like that.

    Kinda makes sense considering where the industry was at, the kind of band they were, level of popularity, etc.
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  19. LessThanTrevor

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    Got that clear variant from Craft Recordings. It’s sold out there now though too.