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INTERVIEW: Sugar Ponies

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey Vents! Thanks for having us back! We’ve been very busy performing, writing, living and promoting our music! It’s all good!

Can you talk to us more about your single “Give This Girl A Break”?

“My problem’s very simple. If you listen, you’ll agree. It’s just that I love you more than you love me.”

This line of the song is the crux of the matter. We wrote the song with one friend in mind, but since sharing it with world, we’ve learned that it resonates with many people who are feeling this way.

Watch “Give This Girl A Break” on Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRz1JdbDYn

Listen to “Give This Girl A Break” on Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/track/0DkKsyxCKsjNqD9xEA0K3z

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

As we mentioned, our friend was in a painful relationship. One day Suzanne was in the shower, thinking about this friend’s predicament and the words just sort of popped into her head. She had to keep running out of the shower to record the lyrics as they came to her. She jokes that was one of the longest showers she’s ever taken.

How was the film experience?

The leading man is played by Tony Glaser, who we really didn’t know very well at the time of shooting, but he went on to become a close friend and a bass player we work with frequently. Suzanne had a cold that day, so they only look like they’re kissing… they didn’t really kiss. She didn’t want to get Tony sick.

We filmed one scene on Twin Peaks in San Francisco and the cafe scene at a local coffee shop called XO Cafe. Dan Foldes of Pint of Soul shot the footage. People were staring at us.

The studio shots were done at Coast Records (they’re also a mastering house run by Michael Romanowski and Piper Payne). It was really funny because Rebecca Roudman who plays cello in her very successful and popular band, Dirty Cello was very nervous about her one line. She had to write it down. It was great to work with her and Austin de Lone, who played piano. We’re big fans of all the people we got to work with, so it was a special time for us.

How was the recording and writing process?

Well, as I mentioned earlier, the writing process was wet and soapy. At least the lyrics. The guitar line was composed by Michael later that night when all the suds were rinsed off. Danny Click suggested we change one chord in the arrangement, which we did.

We recorded the song with Ari Rios of Laughing Tiger Studios in San Rafael, CA. Ari arranged the beautiful cello and piano parts. We had Rebecca and Austin record at Ari’s studio.

Later we had Ed Stasium mix the song (and album) and Greg Calbi mastered it.

Does the single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?

Oh yes! We are in various stages of releasing 2 new singles.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

We should be releasing our single “Simone” very soon and look for “Call It Love” in February!

Any plans to hit the road?

On 12/23 we’ll be playing the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco!

Event Listing here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shelby-lanterman-gamh-w-laura-benitez-the-heartache-nell-maynard-the-ampersands-sugar-ponies-tickets-27392756472?ref=ebtn

What else is happening next in Sugar Ponies’ world?

We’re currently shooting a video for our song Happy is for Humans. We also recently shot a couple live performances in studio. Those should be out soon too!

Connect with us!

Website

www.sugarponies.com

Our YouTube Channel

www.youtube.com/c/thesugarponies

Facebook

www.facebook.com/thesugarponies

Twitter

https://twitter.com/sugarponies

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/thesugarponies/

All the places you can buy or stream our music:

SoundCloud

https://soundcloud.com/sugarponies/sets/its-a-sign

CD Baby

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/sugarponies2

iTunes

https://itun.es/us/rtNl-

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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