Coming our way out of Northern Ireland is a band that may just sound familiar a little albeit with a bit of a twist, as alt-rockers Sugarwolf unleash their new sound on the world.
The Derry quartet of Emma Gallagher, Gary Todd, Brian Doherty and Damien Kivlehan have risen from the ashes of the excellent Making Monsters, carrying over their rocky approach with an underpinning of melodic pop in their new sound.
On the new band, Emma told us: “Last year we decided to call the band a day, for a number of reasons. I nor the rest of the band planned on getting together again but after a long ol’ break we found our way back. I’m not sure Sugarwolf will have the same sound that Making Monsters had but we hope the fans will stick with us, there’s still a heavy edge in there. Things are different and we’re happy with the music we’re writing, things feel fresh. As with the name change, it was the right thing to do. In changing the name it gave us freedom and a new start.”
In terms of what we can expect from Sugarwolf going forwards, Emma’s key influences of Thrice and Nothing But Thieves plus her vocal inspiration of Christina Aguilera should give you some idea.
And they come across in abundance in the band’s debut single Loose Ends. Chugging bass and synth open up and continue under Emma’s light yet edgy vocals. It suddenly bursts into life with the vocals intensifying over guitars and synth support. A second chorus feeds into huge cries of “Save this” then big drawn-out guitars that drop down into low vocals before one final blast of the chorus. It’s a really impressive introduction to the band, give it a listen below:
On what inspires them to write music, Emma explains: “I guess it still comes down to teenage years and being captivated watching our idles perform. I know personally I wanted more than anything to be performing and writing my own songs to as many people as I possibly could.
“I think it’s important that my lyrical content has meaning and maybe has an impact on someone else. I generally write about a topic or experience and a melody separately, then I combine them both and work on telling the story.”
Loose Ends is an exciting starting point and there’s plenty to come from Sugarwolf over the next few months, so keep your eyes peeled for new music and gig announcements.