(Los Angeles) — LA based Rock N Soul group Sugar Fly recently unveiled the lead track from their forthcoming self-titled debut EP. The band partnered up with Yahoo! Music’s “Rising Artists” feature series to premiere the blistering “Heartbreak City,” which can be heard here. “Heartbreak City” is an ode to the pitfalls of the City of Angels, and showcases frontwoman Tia Simone’s knockout vocals. Tia recently spoke about the lyrical themes of the track: “Everyone is familiar with the move out to L.A. to be a star, to be famous. This song is an homage to that. But the moral of this story is fail or succeed, no one really has time to care about your journey because everyone is chasing after the same thing.”
Sugar Fly’s debut EP drops on February 26th and is the sound of a band firing all on cylinders and embracing their wide and diverse musical backgrounds. Part soul, rock, and blues record, Sugar Fly’s debut EP is treading in familiar waters, but also dead-set on making new waves. Drummer Noah Lifschey explains: “We wanted it to sound current as opposed to the more standard purely retro thing, so it’s got the gut punch of retro rock and soul but is also huge and modern in scope, with some big analog synths that ice the cake.”
Their commitment to capturing the electricity of their live show is also apparent on all five tracks. “We had a blast recording everything live and using almost no correction on anything,” says drummer Noah Lifschey. “We wanted it to have a sound that moves you, like people used to experience from hearing some badass humans in a band sing and play for real.” To celebrate the release of the EP, the band will be performing at the iconic El Cid in Los Angeles on March 12th.
Sugar Fly was conceived by Collyn McCoy (bass) and Grammy nominated producer Noah Lifschey (aka Stereo Lif), after performing together on Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s TV show, HitRecord. Fueled by a steady diet of classic vinyl, vintage tube amps and Kentucky bourbon, the two sequestered themselves to Noah’s studio and birthed the burgeoning sound that had been swimming in their heads. All they needed was the vocalist of their dreams with the ability to peel the paint off the walls of their studio. Enter Tia Simone. Equal parts Aretha, Etta, and Bon Scott (with the charisma of Freddie Mercury) she evokes starpower and infuses several vocal styles into one deeply soulful fusion. “Sure soul and rock have been fused many times before, but just not the way we do it,” says Tia.
Sugar Fly’s live band is composed of Tia Simone (lead vocals), Noah Lifschey (drums), Collyn McCoy (bass), Dre DiMura (guitar) and Esteban Chavez (Hammond organ/analog synths).
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