Big Sugar make a much anticipated return to form with a fully electric record; 10 soul selections with a rootical inflection. Big Sugar’s new album “Calling All The Youth” encompasses what so many people love about Big Sugar: the mind altering dub of “Universal Vampire/All Aboard”, the funky reggae party of “Moving Up”, heavy electric blues of “Reckless and Dangerous” and the gospel-infused rock of “Just Can’t Leave You Alone”- a co-write with the Trews. Frontman Gordie Johnson explains, “The Nyabinghi drums, the dub reggae, the Detroit soul, the Texas blues- all of those things are coming together, sometimes in the same song. Not consciously. We acknowledge all the cultures that collide to make our music, so it just comes out that way.”

Headlining multiple tours and festivals across Canada, Big Sugar has also opened for diverse acts such as the Rolling Stones, ZZ Top, Live, The Allman Brothers and the upcoming September 2015 concert with AC/DC. In the past year, Big Sugar has been recorded for the European broadcast ROCKPALAST, played with Triggerfinger on a sold out tour across Europe, completed a 45 city headlining tour of Canada, played Austin, TX during SXSW Music Festival and is currently playing select summer festivals ahead of a Canadian national electric tour.

“On the radio, on your turntable or in the club, Big Sugar is bumpin.’

Mighty. Mighty.” – Joel Plaskett

“When Big Sugar plug in and start to play, the sound they make causes me to quietly whisper, ‘HOLY BALLS!'” – Danko Jones

“Big Sugar- making women happy since 1999!” – Susan Tedeschi

“Big Sugar is all the shit you’re not supposed to mix together, mixed together. Just the way I like it.” – Warren Haynes

“Big Sugar fucking get it. Yeah Yeah, everybody knows that, and they sound great on psychedelics.” – Dallas Good of The Sadies

“Their music is sweet for your dancing feet.” – Dennis Alcapone

Trigger Finger

Triggerfinger is a fiery threepiece from Antwerp consisting of a trio of real characters: guitarist and singer Ruben Block, drummer Mario Goossens and bassist Paul Van Bruystegem – aka lange Polle or Monsieur Paul. Now, it takes some grit - and style - to be dubbed “the loudest band in Antwerp”, and in some ways the moniker is a testament to their past efforts; which have built up a considerable and loyal following in the Lowlands. (If you have any doubts about the powerful and multidimensional sound they can command, just give their live LP Faders Up (2007) a spin). But sights are now being set further afield from this great Flemish city, especially with the release on Excelsior Recordings - on the 15th of November 2010 - of their third album: All This Dancin’ Around, the follow up to the successful What Grabs Ya? And 2004’s Triggerfinger.

There are big things expected of All This Dancin’ Around and no wonder, as the band themselves have set the expectation level from the off. The album was recorded at the famous Sound City studio in Los Angeles, where Nirvana’s Nevermind was produced. Recording sessions, under the aegis of producer Greg Gordon (a man who has turned his talents to the sounds of Oasis, Wolfmother, Slayer and Soulwax amongst others) went extremely well; and the band seem to have had the time of their lives in all senses of the phrase. Indeed the post-recording snippets from the band members themselves were very bullish: everything probably went better than expected. According to Monsieur Paul, “It was the first time in my ‘career’ that I came out of the studio and realised that everything actually sounded even better than we thought it did in the studio at the time… Everything went so smooth, it was a blast. It was just a shame that the water in the swimming pool was a tad chilly.”

This is a band that have developed the hard way; years of touring the clubs, pubs, festivals and dives of Europe have bred a fierce and uncompromising sound. And a fluid one too, able to turn a melody or a phrasing on a sixpence, and one more than capable of showcasing the individual personalities to their best effect, in whatever situation. They aren’t just a loud and grandiose rock band either: moments of broody introspection are a forte too, and can be heard in tracks like All Night Long.

$25 Advance - $30 Day Of Show


Lethbridge, AB. - Sunday November 15th the Canadian blues, reggae rock band, Big Sugar will take to the stage in Joe’s Garage. Big Sugar were well known on the music scene throughout the 1990’s, but disbanded in 2003. They re-united in 2010 and have been performing ever since. They are recognized best for their thundering live performance rock shows. There is great variety in their music from the rocking; Diggin A Hole, to acoustic tunes like Turn The Lights On. This special evening will include an appearance by the Belgium band, Trigger Finger who will start things off with their brand of heavy rock/alternative/classic rock music.
The concert will start at 8:00 P.M. Advance tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased on line at www.thejoe,ca, or at Average Joe’s Sports Bar, 420 -6th street south. Remaining tickets the day of the show are $30.00.

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