After the success of their appropriately named, high-energy single ‘That’s Intense, Manchester’s synth-punk quartet, Sugarstone, are wasting no time and are back with their new track ‘Happiness Is Hard to Find’.
Over the past few years, Sugarstone have been refining their unique Alternative blend yet, 2022 has seen them emerge with a distinct sinister swagger that has grabbed the attention of national music tastemakers and earned support from John Kennedy (Radio X), BBC Introducing and more. ‘That’s Intense’ also caught the eye of Manchester’s local scene and made the cover of the Manc Audio playlist and featured as one of Visit Manchester’s Top 5 upcoming artists.
Renowned for their infectiously high-energy live shows, Sugarstone demand your attention from the moment they start playing. From their somewhat hectic on-stage antics to their striking balance of ferocious intensity and technical proficiency they produce an electrifying live performance that has earned them support slots alongside Kid Kapichi, The Blinders, Strange Bones and more. The new single captures all of that live intensity and distills it into a tension packed sonic experience that is ready to burst.
‘Happiness Is Hard to Find’ is brimming with conflicting thoughts. The versus are full of frustration and angst while the upbeat energy of the chorus offers a glint of optimism. This juxtaposition of contrasting atmospheres creates a constant, electrifying tension throughout the track. With guitar solos, anthemic vocal chants and a constant frenzy of high-intensity electro-rock fusion, this track has everything required to get even the tamest of gig goers opening up the pit.
Together with their previous release ‘That’s Intense’, Sugarstone have clearly laid out their new manifesto and an enticing set up for their upcoming EP. The ‘SUCKER’ EP sees the band at their most authentic as they wear their musical influences such as Nine Inch Nails on their chest while offering their own distinctive concoction of industrial grit, new wave melodies, expressionist lyricism and unrelenting intensity.
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